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Pillar of the Paruns

Reviewed May 01, 2006

Constructed: 2.8
Casual: 3.1
Limited: 2.66

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Jordan Kronick

Pillar of the Paruns

This new land continues a tradition that was set out long ago with lands that can tap for any color. At the beginning we had City of Brass. And it was good. Then they tried to change things up a bit. We got Rainbow Vale. And it was very bad. Those two lands basically showed the furthest divide that could exist between good and bad for a 5-color land. Many more situational middle of the road lands followed. Thran Quarry and Glimmervoid are the most reminiscent of the Pillar. Each of these gives you a 5-color land that comes into play untapped and pain-free, but places restrictions on your use or on your deck. I think the Pillar is quite good, even standing among these cards. In my short time building Ravnica Block Constructed decks I've often built a deck only to notice in the last moments that nearly every card was multicolored. The Pillar becomes a no-brainer at that point. Of course, it has the problem that you can't use it's mana to pay for abilities. That's alright. It's a fine card, no matter how you slice it.

Constructed Rating - 3.9
Casual Rating - 4.2
Limited Rating - 3.5


Pillar of the Paruns

Today's card seems to me like a "skill tester" card, meaning that it looks great at first but really isn't. One mana of any color sounds amazing in a block so full of multicolor cards, but the restriction of spending that mana is a lot more....restrictive.....than it seems. Ravnica block has great multicolor cards, sure, but there's still a lot of monocolor cards out there. You're not going to be able to use this mana as often as you'd like. And on first turn, the only things you could possibly cast with this land are Boros Recruit, Wild Cantor, and Riot Spikes, so in your opening hand, this almost dpesn't even count as a mana source. In constructed, decks are probably going to shy away on this one, though a single copy may show up in multicolor-heavy decklists.

In limited, I'd say this card really shines, but only as a splash enabler. Often times you get a few good multicolor bombs that share a color with your main colors and one off-color (ie, a White-Green deck that wants to splash black for Putrefy and red for Lightning Helix). This card is perfect for that purpose; providing the off-color mana when you need it as well as facilitating several such splashes in different colors.

Constructed- 2.5
Limited- 3
Casual- 2


Pillar of the Paruns
T:Add one mana of any color to your mana pool. Spend this mana only to play a multicolored spell.


Here’s a card I’ve been wanting to kick around a bit but still haven’t had the chance to. I can think of countless cards this land could work with and I’ve been known to use Tendo Ice Bridge and even Forbidden Orchid when exploring four or five color green and when combo engines need a solid multi color base. The only thing that gets me is that you can’t get colorless out of it for mono-colored spells or abilities. I dare say that drawback might be a tad bigger than most expect but that’s just my take on it.

What can I say? I like consistency and unless a really heavy, as in really heavy multicolored deck comes up I might stick to the Ice Bridge.



It’s very safe to say that most if not all of the time your gold cards will dictate what colors you run and even then I don’t see this card making the cut, unless it’s sealed and you were lucky enough to get a lot of multicolored spells. If you’re drafting I say let the card go around and hope somebody makes it a top pick, maybe the card is worth a high pick but a very much doubt it. I’ll stick to my Signets and even bounce lands before I take this one.



Pillar of the Paruns

Very promising land, especially considering the multicolor tendencies of the constructed environment today. Even casual and some limited decks may consider it.

Constructed - 3.5
Casual - 4
Limited - 2

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