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Herald of Leshrac
Cold Snap

Reviewed August 11, 2006

Constructed: 2.125
Casual: 3.1
Limited: 2.87

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Jeff Zandi

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Herald of Leshrac

Man, that artwork seems very familiar to me, but I can't figure out where I've seen it before... Anyway, Herald of Leshrac is a GREAT card in Coldsnap draft, allowing you to eventually take over a game by taking control of all your opponent's creatures. The relatively low power level of Coldsnap limited leads to standoffs occasionally including many turns with neither player doing much of anything. While you're sitting there hoping to draw a meaningful card, why not steal some of your opponent's land. In fact, why not steal all of it? Of course, 'steal' may not be the most accurate term to use here, Herald of Leshrac's ability is really more of a 'borrow' than a 'steal'. Four turns after you play the Herald, chances are your opponent won't have any more lands to conquer and the Herald will go to the graveyard and your opponent will get his lands back. Still, you might very well have an important advantage for a couple of turns, which could be all it takes in the land of Coldsnap limited. In constructed play, the jury is very much out on whether the Herald's ability to harass your opponent's land base is good enough to put a seven casting cost black creature in your deck.



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Herald of Leshrac

This is a very deceiving card. It looks terrible at first when you consider it to be a seven cost 2/4 creature. You have to look closer. It has flying. It also steals land from your opponent at an alarming rate. He also gets bigger for lands in play that you don't own. Unfortunately, because of it's cost, I would assume that the only good decks for it are slower controllish monoblack or Black/Green decks.

Constructed: 2.5
Casual: 4
Limited: 3

Jordan Kronick

Herald of Leshrac - Leshrac and Tevash Szat have a history of lending their names to some of the most expensive and unwieldy (or just plain bad) cards of Ice Age block. The Herald is certainly a step in the right direction, but it's no powerhouse. Anything that costs this much mana should probably have "you win the game very soon" written on it. Instead, this gets chump blocked until you lose control of it. With a close eye on number of lands in play your opponent can seriously affect the lifespan of this guy. I'm afraid Leshrac is just going to have to try again.

Constructed Rating - 1.5
Casual Rating - 2.4
Limited Rating - 2.5


Herald of Leshrac

Much too slow for constructed, but can be playable in limited and casual. Get your damage in quick (that shouldn't be an issue) and deprive your opponent of their lands while you're at it. Yes, it will disappear after 3 or 4 turns, but not before it does some crazy damage.

Constructed - 1.5
Casual - 2.5
Limited - 2.5
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