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An-havva Inn

Reviewed March 17, 2006

Constructed: 1.5
Casual: 2.15
Limited: 1.5

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Jeff Zandi

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An-havva Inn

*whew* I was afraid we wouldn't review any BAD cards this week! Thank you, Pojo card of the day selectors! This card is bad. Why wouldn't it be, it's from Homelands, the set that nobody ever loved. (just kidding, I know there are some good cards in Homelands, but it is still the least-loved set in Magic history) First of all, spells that do nothing but allow you to gain life are.well, they're bad. Usually, the player who can deal the most damage wins. Hardly ever does the player who can gain the most life win.

In constructed, if you are playing one of the bizarre theme decks whose central purpose is gaining life, you can get the job done with better cards, probably from the color white. In limited, gain life spells are usually very suspect. Yup, some dude can tell the story about how if he hadn't gained a bunch of life on turn 11, he wouldn't have been able to win the game. That's how players get confused about the value of spells. Almost any card in Magic could potentially make the difference in a very specific set of circumstances. The simple fact is, gain life spells are far too defensive to help you win in most cases. Check out the winning deck from any booster draft, any tournament. You will almost never see a card like this one.



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An-havva Inn

There's nothing really exciting here. It's just more of the same old life gain. The only interesting portion is it's ability to work well with tokens like saprolings or thallids. You could end up with some large life gain situations for very little cost. In group games this card might be amazing, but other than that, I'd normally pass on it.

Constructed: 1.5
Casual: 2
Limited: 1


An-Havva Inn

Ever since I pulled this card out of a Fallen Empires booster I bought at a flea market, this card has been one of my favorite older cards flavor-wise. And what better card to review on St. Patrick's Day than a card about your green creatures all meeting at the Inn for a good meal, some fireplace stories, and maybe some music? An-Havva Inn perfectly captures this aspect of Green, and coincidentally so does St. Patrick's Day. Sadly, An-Havva Inn as a card just isn't up to the task of being good in decks. Sorry to ruin the party, but life gain cards have historically been unplayable. Only in recent sets have lifegain cards been printed that are actually worth playing, such as Nourish, Ghost-Lit Redeemer, and Loxodon Warhammer. The Inn requires a flock of green creatures to be worth the 1GG it costs, and even then, being a Sorcery hurts it even more.

Constructed- 1.5
Casual- 2.5
Limited- 2
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