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Dryad Sophisticate

Reviewed February 20, 2006

Constructed: 2.95
Casual: 2.5
Limited: 2.6

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Dryad Sophisticate

This card amuses me. It's a 2/1 for two, which is always OK in my book. Nonbasic Landwalk however, makes it a bit better. Even in constructed play right now, this card is useful. There are so many decks running nonbasics, that you have to give this card some consideration. In casual and limited play, it's not nearly as good, but it's definitely still playable.

Constructed: 3
Casual: 2
Limited: 2

Jordan Kronick

Dryad Sophisticate - I actually really like this card. There have been a lot of cheap landwalkers in green over the years. From the original Shanodin Dryad to the much more current Zodiac Monkey. This one is probably the best of the bunch. Ravnica block, be it limited or constructed, is littered with nonbasic lands. Since all the effective decks are at least two colors, you can expect your opponent to be playing either the common bounce-lands or the rare shock-lands. Even in draft, most people try to get at least one bounceland for their colors. Even if there's nothing for the Sophisticate to walk on, it's a 2/1 creature that can block somewhere where it counts or swing a couple times. I love the art and the name on this one, too.

Constructed Rating - 2.9
Casual Rating - 3.0
Limited Rating - 3.2


Dryad Sophisticate- I remember around the release of 9th Edition, Wizards said that they removed Birds of Paradise from the Core Set because they didn't like the idea that a small efficiently costed flier be one of Green's most iconic creatures, because green isn't the color of small efficient evasive creatures. It's the color of big creatures that smash your opponents' creatures. But now Guildpact has released two small evasive green creatures- this one and Silhana Ledgewalker. How strange.

Anyway, this Dryad makes a great two-drop, and while she seems destined to be overshadowed by her little sister Ledgewalker, she'll probably be unblockable just as often, and she has an extra point of power. Good for an early drop in constructed, and a beating in Limited(especially with a Sunforger, Wurmweaver Coil, or even Grifter's Blade).

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