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Doran, the Siege Tower

Reviewed November 20, 2007

Constructed: 3.50
Casual: 3.40
Limited: 2.75

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Doran, the Siege Tower

Three colors? Well, it is three mana for a creature with 5 toughness, and effectively 5 power. If you can handle building the mana base, sure, but it can be tricky. In Limited, you almost certanly can't get enough mana fixers or enough high-toughness creatures to make him worth adding, but in Constructed, there's an archetype to be built here. Treefolk Harbinger has a place in it as well.

Constructed- 3.8
Casual- 4.3
Limited- 2.5

David Fanany

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Doran, the Siege Tower

This card got an awful lot of attention when Lorwyn was released, being "essentially" a 5/5 for three mana. That's what Phyrexian Negator was, right? Well . . . not quite. Doran is three colors, which is not as easy in the context of Lorwyn as it was in the context of Ravnica, and his ability doesn't do quite as much as some people had been hoping. Many have tried to combine him with cards like Ohran Viper, which are good anyway without him, and he also doesn't work so well with flavor of the season Loxodon Warhammer as it won't increase the damage dealt by the equipped creature. (A 5/5 lifelink creature isn't so bad, but at the risk of spreading truisms, an 8/5 lifelink creature would be better.)

Treefolk are pretty strong in limited, so if you get a Shimmering Grotto or two, I would say go for it. Just watch out for opposing Black Poplar Shamans and Oakgnarl Warriors.

Constructed: 2/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 3/5

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Doran, the Siege Tower:

Did anyone else see what is effectively a 5/5 for BGW? He can backfire somewhat, but, he's still worth a second look. With Ravnica out of sight, he may not be worth running, but, I think he's worth a shot. His casting cost will be hard to handle on third turn, however. I wouldn't try too hard in limited or casual, the landbase just won't be there.

Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 2/5
Limited: 2/5

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Doran the Siege Tower

A lot of people have been calling this a 5/5 for 3 mana, and it's true. It doesn't have evasion so it's usually combined with Griffin Guide, but it is black with high toughness so it's pretty hard to kill. It's like a burn sponge and a black removal repellent. Probably only white has an answer to this coming out on turn 2 with Crib Swab or Oblivion Ring. It's still at least a 1 for 1 trade with a potential for tons of card and life advantage. Good card.

In casual, such a big creature is irresistable, but loses power in multiplayer when multiple Wrath of Gods are coming down.

In limited, it's hard to bring this out early but still pretty huge when it comes out later. It's 3 colors though so it's a bit hard to play.

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

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