I'm just completely unimpressed when cards like
this come around. I understand that they are
needed. So, I have no problem with that.
Unfortunately, it's just been done so many times
that it's not exciting to even talk about
Llanowar Elves are good. Boreal Druid is, most
of the time, a Llanowar Elves. Think about the
number of times you've needed the Elves to be
producing green mana rather than just colorless.
Most of the time colorless is fine. And if that
mana happens to be snow mana? All the better.
The one thing standing between Boreal Druid and
being a superstar in constructed like Llanowar
Elves is, ironically, the elves themselves (say
that three times fast). With them and Birds of
Paradise in standard, there's just no need for
another 1-drop mana generator. Of course, what's
legal right now will not be legal forever. Birds
will leave Standard before Boreal Druid does, so
there may be a future for it yet.
I can't see this getting a lot of play in
constructed simply because Birds of Paradise and
Llanowar Elves are both legal. In a snow deck,
you would still rather have the second colored
mana than the snow mana, especially since you
would have snow lands.
In casual, this is just another boring one-cost
In limited, you pick this early simply because
so many of your creatures and enchantments
require snow mana. If you can pick up two or
three of these guys with an assortment of snow
lands, you are good to go.
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