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Balduvian Frostwaker
Cold Snap

Reviewed September 13, 2006

Constructed: 1.35
Casual: 2.15
Limited: 1.75

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Balduvian Frostwaker

It's a 1/1 for 3 mana. And it turns your snow lands into 2/2 fliers. A steady supply of 2/2 fliers is always difficult to stop, but animating lands has always been a good way to tie up your mana or get your lands destroyed. And snow lands are hard to come by in Limited, which is where a sky full of 2/2's has the most impact. I'd say this is ninth pick in draft at best, if you're going snow.

Limited- 1.5

Jordan Kronick

Balduvian Frostwaker

Some snow-based cards in Coldsnap are excellent because they'll make use of whatever little snow you have available and still be strong. Such a card is Phyrexian Ironfoot. The Frostwaker depends on you having a lot of snow lands and to a lesser degree on your willingness to lose those snow lands. I've seen these played in draft, but seemingly only as a 23rd card. 1/1s for 3 should be a bit stronger than this to have any real consideration.

Constructed Rating - 1.2
Casual Rating - 2.3
Limited Rating - 2.0

Patrick Hendry

Balduvian Frostwaker

This guy could have a place in constructed, but not right now. The format is so agro heavy that a little guy like this will get crushed. I do think that when Kamigawa cycles out, this will be popping up in blue snow control decks as a kind of replacement to Meloku. This is smaller than Meloku, but he makes bigger lands. He also doesn’t bounce the lands, which is a good news/bad news scenario. You can still tap them for mana, but you can’t save them from a LD spell.
In casual, who cares? Living land decks in casual are all green
In limited, this guy can be good or bad. If you’re in blue, and you are picking up snow lands, pick this highly. I wouldn’t splash blue just for this, though. He makes evasive 2/2s, which is great, but this guy is vulnerable to every single removal spell in Coldsnap.

Constructed: 2.5/5
Casual: 1/5
Limited: 2/5
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