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Wren's Run Vanquisher

Reviewed November 19, 2007

Constructed: 3.67
Casual: 4.00
Limited: 3.75

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Wren's Run Vanquisher

A 3/3 with deathtouch can have a pretty serious impact on the board. It's not like your Angelic Wall or whatnot can just keep blocking her. Even Augur of Skulls will need to be regenerated twice-- once for the damage, and once for the deathtouch trigger. And sitting back on defense, she can scare away some pretty big creatures. But at what cost? Well, if you've got plenty of Elves (and Blades of Velis Vel is an Elf), she's only two mana for a 3/3! That's some serious power right there, IF you're already playing a few Elves. If not, then she's 5 mana. Five mana for a 3/3 deathtouch? Well, it's worth it in Limited, butin Constructed this just belongs in with her own tribe.

Constructed- 3.5
Casual- 4
Limited- 4

David Fanany

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Wren's Run Vanquisher

A few people have called this card strictly better than Watchwolf. Maybe in an elf deck; certainly I like it better, since I was never able to fit Watchwolf into a Selesnya deck (I always liked the Guildmage better in both Glare and control variants), but I really love elves. A two-drop that trades with Tarmogoyf gets my vote hands down; add Imperious Perfect, bake for 20 minutes, and serve massive beatdown.

Oh, and when you're playing Lorwyn sealed, don't forget that your Woodland Changeling is an elf.

Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 5/5
Limited: 4/5

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Wren's Run Vanquisher:

Any card with power and toughness each greater than the casting cost is worth at least a second look. It, pretty much as a rule, comes with a drawback. In this case, it can be manageable, if you are willing to stick to a tribal theme. This could, admittedly be difficult to do in a limited deck.

Constructed players may not be willing to force their deck into a tribal theme just for this card, though there are some other OK players coming to the scenes, it may not be enough to make much of an impact.

Casual players tend to be more open about running themed decks, tribal decks being no exception to this rule. Throw this into your preexisting elf deck (barring some sort of elf+nail or elfball deck).

Limited players, again, may have difficulty getting enough elf cards to go with her (though any changeling card, including tribal instants, etc., will work). Still, if you can get the cards to support her, she is a champ. She's not too horribly shabby at 4G, either, though.

Constructed: 3.5/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 3.5/5

#1 Magic Noob in Canada since 2002
Wren's Run Vanquisher

A 3/3 for 1G is pretty efficient, but a 3/3 with Deathtouch with 1G is even more efficient. It's also an Elf too, so it's playable even though a mana Elf is often accelerating to 3 mana on turn 2 anyway. Really playable in constructed. It's pretty good in casual and limited too. In limited, it's going to require removal or a sacrifice from a larger more expensive crea.

Constructed: 3.5/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 3.5/5

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