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Loxodon Hierarch

Reviewed September 07, 2007

Constructed: 4.00
Casual: 4.00
Limited: 4.00

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Loxodon Hierarch

I'm sort of glad that this is rotating out of Standard soon. It completely wrecks most aggro decks, and with Momentary Blink, it can be very hard to deal with while generating a huge life swing. A 4/4 is quite difficult to punch through, and 4 free life is just the extra slap in the face. Its second ability is rarely consequential, but if you remember it's there at a key moment, it makes this card all the more backbreaking.

Constructed- 4.5
Casual- 4.5
Limited- 4


Friday - Loxodon Hierarch

This guy is not played as much now as he was a year ago, but he's still played often and for good reason. The regeneration ability might get used occasionally, but the main reason this guy is good is because he's a 4/4 for 4 and he gains you 4 life when he hits play. Besides the body and life gain being important against a red deck, the 4/4 itself can control the board until your opponent finds an answer. You get a nice package at a bargain price with this guy. If you're W/G, you play this guy unless you have several good reasons. He's great for casual, too.

In RRR limited, a first pick. In RGD, not as good because you don't really want to be in Selesnya in the first pack, but he's very worth splashing for.

Constructed - 4
Casual - 4
Limited - 4 (RRR), 3 (RGD)

David N

Friday - Loxodon Hierarch
I have to say this is one card i'm looking forward to rotating out of standard.  I really hated playing against this guy.  He's great against aggro decks.  Life gain with a 4/4 body to deal with.  One of the best multi colored rares in ravnica block.  With kavu predator being prominent in the format right now he's not getting as much play. 

Constructed: 3
Casual : 4

Loxodon Hierarch

Constructed: As good today as it was when it first came out, it cause a bunch of players everywhere to suddenly realize that life gain wasn’t such a bad thing when you can pair it alongside a big body. Add to that a regeneration clause for all your creatures and it is easily a tournament staple. Aggro decks (particularly red ones) hate to see players gaining life, as that 4 life can usually mean one or two cards of their own that they now have to use to catch back up to where they were. And against the old Dragonstorm decks +4 life meant that they couldn’t kill you with just the 4 Hellkites. One of the cards I’m going to miss when it leaves in just over a month.

Casual/Multi: 4/4 for 4 is hard to turn down, and in this format the ability to also save your other creatures from an untimely death is a must have in response to multiple wrath effects or board sweeping spells (though not wrath itself). Great to abuse along with creatures like Eternal Witness with Ghostway/Astral Slide in a Loam Slide deck. Drop this out on 3rd or 4th turn and watch your opponents quickly shuffle through their hand as they sweat and look for an answer.

Limited: A lot more popular in the early days of Ravnica block drafting before the addition of Dissention. The reason for this is that in the world of Ravnica and the set of each set working off different guild models most decks were 3 colors focusing on one of each color combination in each set to create a circle. For example drafting Boros (R/W) in Ravnica, Izzet (U/R) in Guildpact and Azorius (U/W) creating a 3 color circle of W-U-R that could be drafted to balance your 3 colors. (The others being Golgari-Gruul-Rakdos and Dimir-Orzhov-Azorius). You’ll notice in my examples that Selesnya doesn’t fit the model as there is no good way for a G/W player to successfully create a three color chain. What this meant is that while selesnya was a great color and very tempting in the first pack of a RGD draft it could inevitably lead to bad picks or 4 color decks off the other two packs, making even a great card like Loxodon Hierarch a pretty bad pick in Ravnica limited. Best to pass it along and set someone else up for the “Selesnya Snare.”
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Loxodon Hierarch

He's a 4/4 for four, he gains enough life to cancel out a Char or two Seals of Fire, he saves other characters. What's not to like about Loxodon Hierarch? Blink loves him, Glare loves him, Astral Slide loves him, Genesis and Debtors' Knell love him. The Hierarch hasn't been getting as much attention of late, with Lorwyn on the horizon, Tarmogoyf in the last expert-level set, and Mystic Enforcer at the same mana cost and arguably better in many metagames and/or decks, but he's still here and he's still very dangerous. Aggro decks should still fear him and be ready to face him right up until September 30th.

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

MTG Rules Advisor
Loxodon Hierarch:

Now this is a good card. 4/4 for 2GW that gives two decent abilities. This card is undercosted for all that it does, and sees play in a lot of decks, even in extended. This card has unfortunately become the standard to which four casting cost creatures are compared to, and has set the bar rather high.

Constructed: 4.5/5
Casual: 4.5/5
Limited: 5/5

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Loxodon Hierarch (2GW)
Creature - Elephant Cleric

When Loxodon Hierarch comes into play, you gain 4 life.
GW, Sacrifice Loxodon Hierarch: Regenerate each creature you control.

I think this card has loss a lot of power. GW isn't as good now, as
even GW Goyf isn't top tier right now. The 4/4 body on a 4 casting cost
creature is still efficient, but it just chumps a large Goyf or
gets countered by control. It's not aggro enough for aggro and not
controllish enough for control. It's not a bad card, but I can't think
of a deck right now that it can really shine in.

In casual, the elephant doesn't help much but the Cleric should get it

In limited, this guy is big, efficient and usually nets you a +1

Constructed: 2.5/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 3.5/5

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