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Anowon, the Ruin Sage
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Anowon, the Ruin Sage

Reviewed February 8, 2010

Constructed: 2.75
Casual: 3.50
Limited: 3.25
Multiplayer: 3.50

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Anowon, the Ruin Sage

Well, obviously, you put it in a Vampire deck. But it's awesomely powerful in such a deck. Unless your opponent has instant-speed removal, they sacrifice a creature before they get to untap and even kill this thing, so its already a 2-for-1. And every turn after that they lose another creature. This quickly becomes a "must kill or lose" proposition for any deck that hopes to win with creatures.

Constructed- 3
Casual- 4
Limited- 2.2
Multiplayer- 4.5

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Anowon, the Ruin Sage

I'm not sure what Anowon learned from those ruins, but it's obviously something not very pleasant for your opponents. With the right support, it won't take long for him to be the last creature on the table, and then the real fun starts. Whispersilk Cloak, anyone?

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


Magic The Gathering Card of The Day: Anowan The Ruin Sage

Welcome back readers today’s card of the day is Anowan The Ruin Sage a legendary black vampire from Wordwake. Anowan the ruin sage has a somewhat powerful ability causing each player to sacrifice a non vampire creature during your upkeep. Attach this to a 4/3 body and you have a potent creature. Not potent enough more than likely for serious constructed play but it may be a possibility. In standard vampire decks are already positioned highly near the top and most Worldwake cards are only unnecessary icing on the cake. Vampire decks have enough power to not utilize this card at the moment. In extended and eternal formats this card won’t see much play as it’s expensive and slow. In casual and multiplayer it can take a lot of creatures out of commission if you build your deck around cards to exploit its effect such as tokens or cards like Abyssal Persecutor you can work this card to the best of its advantage. In limited decent if you grab creatures that benefit from being sacked or have good come into play abilities otherwise it can be a decent beater if your in black.

Constructed: 2.0
Casual: 3.0
Limited: 2.5
Multiplayer: 3.5

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Anowon, the Ruin Sage which is a 4/3 for five Legendary that requires each player to sacrifice a non-vampire creature during your upkeep. Mainly of value to a dedicated vampire deck as the sacrifice requirement can get around creatures with protection from Black or Shroud, the low defense, higher mana cost, and vulnerability to removal prior to your next upkeep are drawbacks that keep this from being a more impressive figure.

In Constructed, Casual, and Multiplayer a vampire themed deck may try running one or two of these, possibly in the sidedeck, but I expect other less costly removal options to remain the primary option for these decks.

With Limited the low defense is still an issue, but options for direct removal are fewer and it is far more likely at least one creature will get sacrificed as a result of this entering play. The bigger concern is that the creatures sacrificed are almost as likely to be your own as in the format you have less control over what creature types are available. There is no shortage of vampires in Black, so getting a decent number in Booster is not overly difficult. In Sealed the number of vampires is going to be very restricted and this card really becomes a double-edged sword. Drafting vampires is quite effective and this should easily be a top pick, but usage in Sealed is not highly recommended unless your pool includes enough vampires to support a primarily Black deck.

Constructed: 3.0
Casual: 3.0
Limited: 4.0 (2.5 in Sealed)
Multiplayer: 3.0

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