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River Boa

Reviewed December 14, 2009

Constructed: 4.00
Casual: 4.00
Limited: 4.25
Multiplayer: 3.50

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David Fanany

Player since 1995

River Boa

Once upon a time, there was a small expansion named Visions, which introduced a cute little snake to the Magic world. And even though there were cards around like Wrath of God, Incinerate, and Dark Banishing, that snake was the best creature of its era. It even made it into the Sixth Edition of the core set. But in 2001, the core set rotated, and people began to forget that there were many decks around that simply couldn't stop a River Boa. By the time the snake came back for Zendikar, the game had changed, and this time around even most spells can't stop it. I will not say "the end," because that's up to you players; but I wouldn't be surprised if it involves River Boa becoming the best creature in Standard a second time.

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

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is River Boa previously in sixth edition and Visions and is a very useful two drop in any format. You get a 2/1 with Islandwalk on the offensive and a one mana regeneration on the defensive. Compare that to the two mana 1/1 non-landwalking Drudge Skeleton as a comparison of relative power.

In Constructed, Casual, and Multiplayer this is a creature that can fit into many different roles even sidedeck tech. Whether in a Green deck that needs a reusable blocker, or a Blue/Green deck that gives the opponent an Island this is the type of creature that is good in any stage of the game. This even works well with fellow snakes Winged Coatl, Lotus Cobra, and Mold Adder for a bit of a snake theme in standard.

For Limited this is one of the best cheap creatures available and should always be a high draft choice in Booster when running Green mana. In Sealed even a Green splash with mana fixing can make this a worthwhile inclusion. The one defense is an issue, but that is mitigated by the ability to regenerate. The odds of any opponent having Islands in their deck is higher in the Limited formats than constructed and when combined with any kind of power increasing enchantment or artifact this snake can end games very quickly. As long as you keep a Green mana available the options for an opponent are greatly reduced.

Constructed: 4.0
Casual: 4.0
Limited: 4.5
Multiplayer: 4.0

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