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Child of Alara

Reviewed March 2, 2009

Constructed: 2.75
Casual: 4.00
Limited: 3.75

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Child of Alara

I've always said that for a big creature to be really good, it has to have some way of ensuring that it won't be too easily handled. With this, your opponent won't want to kill it. But if he or she doesn't, that means you get to keep your 6/6 trample pounding face. Granted, there will be times you'll sort of want this thing to die and have no way to sacrifice it, and other times, it'll be more beneficial for your opponent to wipe the board, and you'll be handing him or her a way to do it. But those situations are rare enough to make this worth playing.

Constructed- 3.75
Casual- 4
Limited- 4.5

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Child of Alara
Statistics time: Of the Conflux cards with all five colors in their mana cost, three of them are creatures, two of those are mythic, and all three are 5/5 or higher. Fortunately, they're all intended for different purposes. For example, I think Child of Alara was really designed for multiplayer games, as it damages opponents very fast and strongly discourages them from killing it. It's not bad for constructed play, especially considering that control decks used to like the Kamigawa dragons which were similar in a way, but their current finishers are looking very hard to displace from the lineup.
Constructed: 2/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 3/5
The Missing Linc

-Balding for just over 5 years
-Playing MTG for just over 10

Child of Alara

Your opponents will think twice about killing this dude.  Yet another 5 color dude that people will fear.  A 6/6 trampler to boot.  Good thing this guy is a legend.  The jury is out on this one.  Flavorific.

Constructed: 3
Casual: 4
Limited: 4

Monday 3-2

Child of Alara


Constructed: If it dies so does everything else, except lands. This Legendary kritter has trample, which means chump blocking is not going to help much. Maybe it could see some play with 5cc. Maybe?


Casual: This should be in every multi-player deck with domain. Make everybody squirm around alot to see who would be dare kill it.


Limited: With a normal 2 Shards and 1 Conflux draft it is not want I want to see when opening up Conflux. You will not need it and you would hate to see it show up against you when someone is drafting domian. Hard choice. Would be fun to make a domain deck with him in a sealed deck.


Overall a fun card for someone who would likes 5-color domain.


Constructed: 2

Casual: 4

Limited: 3




Aethereal Monday - Child of Alara

This might be a decent card for control decks if they didn't already have better options. A 6/6 trampler is already pretty big, but then throw in that the opponent might not want to kill it and they've got some serious problems. However, you also lose your board, although in the proper control deck this shouldn't be a big deal. This is not a bad card, it's just that there are better options available that are easier to use, like Broodmate Dragon.

In limited, you can't control when it goes off, but a 6/6 trampler is still a 6/6 trampler, so if you think you can play it I would grab it.

Constructed - 2.5
Casual - 3
Limited - 3

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