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Chromatic Star

Reviewed December 27, 2007

Constructed: 2.00
Casual: 2.33
Limited: 2,85

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Chromatic Star

The fact that it costs one mana to activate the ability and get one mana means that all it really is is a way to fix your colors a bit, and effectively run a 56-card deck since you're paying one to just change the color of a mana and draw. I suppose in a Mishra/Academy Ruins deck, the recursion possibilities mean that it would be worth it, since you'd be drawing extra cards, but otherwise I don't see it. In Limited it's decent if you have a slot to fill, but it's unexciting.

Constructed- 2.5
Casual- 1.5
Limited- 2.5

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Chromatic Star

This card is often lost in various card lists because it isn't actually a mana accelerant, like so many other artifacts in recent sets. You mainly see it used for tricks that involve it going to the graveyard so its controller can draw a card, with Shrapnel Blast, Greater Gargadon, or Arcbound Ravager. As part of one of those types of interactions, it's perfectly okay, but other than that there's usually not much of a reason to play it.

Constructed: 2/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 3/5

#1 Magic Noob in Canada since 2002
Chromatic Star

For 1 mana, you get a 1 use mana fixer, so effectively you're trading 2 mana for 1. I don't think there's any need for it right now because no one is complaining about colour screw a lot right now, and it's pretty slow for a deck thinner. There's no room for it in constructed.

In casual, you can combine it with Cloud Key or Locket of Yesterday to make it cost 0, which dramatically speeds this card up. Before Lowryn, a variant of Aussie Storm used this idea along with stuff like Rune Snag to make spells dirt cheap to power out huge Grapeshots and Empty the Warrens. It's still nothing spectacular though, and still not that good outside that.

In limited, it fixes mana and the lack of speed is less of an issue. Good card.

Constructed: 1.5/5
Casual: 2.5/5
Limited: 3/5

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