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Ancestor's Chosen
10th Edition

Reviewed July 20, 2007

Constructed: 1.60
Casual: 2.80
Limited: 2.60

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Ancestor's Chosen - Friday

Well, he's big. He first strikes. He's a late game superstar. The downside is that he costs seven. I'm not sure where he fits in. It's a strong card that will make you frown when your opponent plays it, but it's likely that you will fear it too much.

Constructed: 2
Casual: 3
Limited: 3.5


Ancestor's Chosen

White doesn't really get big creatures. But a 4/4 first strike is pretty big, plus the life swing which will probably be nice, as by the time this hits the board, you're likely low on life and long on dead stuff. It's expensive, and you want to wait to play it as long as you can, but it could end up making a decent showing. And it brings back such pleasnat memories of back when I was still a n00b myself...

Constructed- 2.5
Casual- 3.5
Limited- 3.5


Friday - Ancestor's Chosen

A good idea for a card, and very in-theme in the block it was printed in, but the cost makes this pretty awful. 7 mana should be where you drop a win condition, and I highly doubt this will win you the game. Maybe if it had flying instead of first strike, but as it is, it shouldn't see any play in constructed. Just play Angelic Chorus or Soul Warden/Essence Warden instead.

In casual, I bet you could come up with a wicked combo for this. Traumatize with an oversized deck comes to mind.

In limited, I might play this if I had enough instants and sorceries, but I wouldn't expect to gain more than 4 or 5 life off of it. You're grossly overpaying for the body, but a 4/4 first striker will still help out a lot.

Constructed - 1.5
Casual - 3
Limited - 2.5

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Ancestor's Chosen

A fun little card that shows off the graveyard theme of the Odyssey block. It's got a couple of strikes against it for constructed: mainly that the cost is very high (almost the same as Akroma!) and the lifegain is only conditional. First strike is a bonus, but against a burn deck you really need that third- or fourth-turn four-life boost, and Ancestor's Chosen won't help you. I like him for limited, though. A 4/4 first striker is tough to remove (barring Terror, Deathmark, or Nekrataal) and tough to attack. A 4/4 first striker who makes you a gift of ten life or so is that much better.

Constructed: 1/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 4/5

#1 Magic Noob in Canada since 2002
Ancestor's Chosen (5WW)
Creature - Human Cleric

First Strike
When Ancestor's Chosen comes into play, you gain 1 life for each card
in your graveyard.

In constructed, just no... 4/4 for 7?? Am I reading this right?
In casual, just no... 4/4 for 7?? Am I reading this right?

And no, gaining life doesn't make it better.

In limited, it's pretty tough when it comes out, but it's just so slow!
The life gain is better here though so it gets a higher score. I still
woudln't play it though unless I'm short on creatures or I got a few
Rampant Growths.

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

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