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Greatbow Doyen

Reviewed April 7, 2008

Constructed: 2.25
Casual: 3.00
Limited: 2.50

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Greatbow Doyen

This card has two major flaws. One, it costs five mana and is a 2/4. Two, it benefits a rarely used tribe. Aside from that, it's a very powerful card. It lets all your Archers deal their damage twice, and gives them +1/+1 to let them deal even more damage. And it doesn't even specify Archer creatures or combat damage, so a "Tribal Instant - Archer" that dealt damage to a creature would also get the benefit. No such card exists, nor is there any way to make a noncreature permanent an Archer without making it a creature, but it amuses me.

Constructed- 3
Casual- 4
Limited- 2.5

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Greatbow Doyen

Despite being a popular prestige class in Dungeons and Dragons and getting a few high-quality representatives in recent sets like Femeref Archers and Lys Alana Bowmaster, Archers are not a very common tribe these days. Your best bet might be to look through your boxes of older cards for extra copies of D'Avenant Archers and Elvish Archers, either of which become downright lethal when combined with Greatbow Doyen. You can also use Changelings, but that sort of feels like cheating.

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


* Game Store Owner
Monday - Greatbow Doyen

Strangely, I feel like this should be legendary with the name it has. And if it were legendary, we might actually have a playable card at a cheaper cost. Getting a 2/4 creature for five mana is just not cool in any way. The other downside is that there are a ton of great archers to play. Anyone remember those 2/1 first striking Elvish Archers that used to be in the core set? Those guys were playable. Doyen is overcosted and doesn't have the right tribal group.

Constructed: 2.5
Casual: 3
Limited: 3

Monday's card is Greatbow Dowen. The "Archer Lord", Greatbow Dowen gives other Archers you control +1/+1 and allows archers to deal the damage they deal to creatures to the Controller of those creatures. Archers in Magic are typically creatures that either have Reach like Thornweald Archer or deal damage to flying creatures like Jagged-Scar Archers. Against non-flying creatures, the abilities of most Archers lose some of their usefulness but the Dowen's second ability makes them useful even against non-flying creatures. With all the good creatures that fly in the format and even those beforehand, Archers has a good chance at a decent tribal deck with this as the game-winning card.

Limited: 2/5
Constructed: 3/5

Jeff Zandi

 7 Time Pro Tour Veteran

Player since 1994

Level II DCI Judge

Member of the Texas Guildmages

Greatbow Doyen

First of all, this card sounds like a Champions of Kamigawa card. I’m still trying to forget Champions of Kamigawa, so this is a strike against this Elf Archer card right off the bat. Seriously, though, Greatbow doesn’t have a really bright future in the game of Magic outside of the most casual decks. Greatbow Doyen cost FIVE, which is a lot. Greatbow Doyen helps archers, there are exactly FIVE archers in Lorwyn and Morningtide COMBINED. This is a maybe card for sealed deck, a probably-not card for booster draft, and an unlikely addition to Standard or even Lorwyn block constructed. There’s just not much here to like.


CASUAL:              2.0

LIMITED:              2.0

v0rac10u5 Greatbow Doyen

Greatbow Doyen is an interesting card. He takes away your opponent’s ability to block. Unfortunately, there are very few playable archers (Thornweald Archer and Chameleon Colossus). In limited, this card is outstanding if you can get the changelings, otherwise, it is well below average.

ˇ         Constructed: 1

ˇ         Casual: 3

ˇ         Limited: 3

Psychoanime Greatbow Doyen

5 mana for a 2/4 is just too inefficient. There's also next to zero good Archers in pretty much any format that this is legal in and so there's really no use for this card.

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

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