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Citanul Flute
10th Edition

Reviewed June 18, 2007

Constructed: 1.25
Casual: 2.25
Limited: 2.50

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Citanul Flute

All this week is dedicated to artifacts that have been confirmed to be printed in Tenth Edition. Today's entry is Citanul Flute; not bad, but not great. Each turn it can get you anextra card, which means it's card advantage. It's tutoring as well, which means it can really be advantageous for any deck that needs to make the game go long. Trouble is, you're paying the creature's CMC. Either your deck is full of low-cost creatures, which means that the game is liekly to be over by teh time this comes online, or your deck has a few high-cost creatures you want to tutor for, which means you're playing control and don't want to spend the mana on this. Either way it's too much mana. Good in Limited; won't make it to Constructed.

Constructed- 2
Casual- 2.5
Limited- 3.5

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Citanul Flute

The problem I see with Citanul Flute is that it's very slow. There could be a use for it in some kind of combo deck, but it only gets one creature at a time (unlike Weird Harvest). It's pretty good in casual play with Elvish Piper. I also think it's a little slow for limited play. Playing seven mana to search for a 2/2 is better in limited than in constructed, but not by that much.

Constructed: 1/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 2/5

MTG Rules Advisor
Citanul Flute:

I want to like this card, but, 5 mana and then x to search is just too much, imo, even if it is repeating card advantage.

Casual: 2/5
Limited:3/5 (it IS card advantage, and card selection)

#1 Magic Noob in Canada since 2002
The main reason to search out specific creatures would be:
a) you are playing combo and you need some creatures
b) you are playing control and you have a single creature as a win

If you chose reason a), then your combo is way too slow. You're pretty
much doing nothing on turn 5 and nothing on turn 6. That's plenty of
time to lose.

If you chose reason b), you don't really need this card as you'll draw
into your win condition anyway.

I don't see any reason you would want a repeatable search effect as
a tutor that grants a single search should be enough.

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

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