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Zealous Guardian

Reviewed July 10, 2008

Constructed: 1.50
Casual: 1.80
Limited: 1.90

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Zealous Guardian

This has three uses.  One, a surprise blocker.  Two, being played at end of turn to wear a Steel of the Godhead and swing immediately for a much bigger life swing than the opponent would have counted on.  And three, to be the one drop in a monoblue aggro deck.  Yes, they exist.

Constructed- 2
Casual- 3.5
Limited- 2.5


Thursday - Zealous Guardian

A pretty minor combat trick, this basically says for 1 mana you can surprise an attacker with 1 toughness, or block for an extra point of damage that might take out a guy. Like all the cards this week so far, pretty worthless in constructed, because blue is better off playing Faeries and white has faster cards than this.

In limited, a 23rd card if I ever saw one, and not even a great 23rd card.

Constructed - 1
Casual - 1
Limited - 1.5

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Zealous Guardian
Elegant design like this card gets a lot of points in my book, but that doesn't guarantee a place in constructed - or even limited - decks. Unfortunately, Zealous Guardian doesn't have quite enough bang for its buck, so to speak, to break into 60-card formats. Even in limited, it finds itself outclassed quite soon, as Shadowmoor seems to have an embarrassment of riches in the two- and three-cost parts of the mana curve.
Constructed: 1/5
Casual: 1/5
Limited: 2/5

#1 Magic Noob in Canada since 2002
Zealot Guardian
1 mana for a 1/1? It Better have a great ability, or maybe just some sort of evasion to make it playable. Flash? Ok, it sucks. Maybe in Eventide it can combo with Bloom Tender but I don't see that deck being that great since Bloom Tender dies so easily.
Constructed: 1/5
Casual: 1/5
Limited: 1.5/5, +0.5 because it can be enchanted well with Steel of the Godheaad.


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Zelous Guardian - Thursday

The good news is this guy is a Kithkin.  He also can be played any time due to Flash.  Otherwise he's a pretty unimpressive one drop.  He has no real relevant abilities.  And there are at least three better Kithkin in the one-drop slot.  This little guy is going to be relegated to the sideline permanently I'd imagine.

Constructed: 1.5
Casual: 1.5
Limited: 1.5

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