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Top 10 Cards of 2009:
#4: Lotus Cobra


Reviewed January 12, 2009

Constructed: 4.50
Casual: 4.50
Limited: 4.50

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Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card on the countdown is another obvious addition with the extremely useful Lotus Cobra. Paying homage to the original Black Lotus is a tough act to follow, but this card certainly delivers. Every land entering the battlefield under your control adds an additional mana to your pool and with mana burn removed this is never a bad thing. Note that there is no major benefit to playing this as soon as you have two mana as the effect won't kick in until your next land drop. Instead play something else and on the following turn play the cobra then a land for maximum impact.

For Constructed, Casual, and Multiplayer this is a fantastic source of acceleration. It requires no additional upkeep and triggers off of any land even those played from effects like Harrow. The only weakness of the card is it is a two mana 2/1 and is quite vulnerable to almost every removal option.

With Limited this is absolutely a first pick in Booster as acceleration and a source of any color mana is critical to the format. In Sealed if you have this play Green as support and whatever other color(s) are appropriate. There is no reason not to run this card when drafted and there are several easily obtained support options. Aside from an open attack you will generally want to avoid using this snake for offense and may instead look for fellow snake River Boa as backup and a fun mini-theme especially if running a Green and White deck.

Constructed: 4.5
Casual: 4.5
Limited: 4.5

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Lotus Cobra

This card entered the world of constructed and casual with high expectations riding on it, as any card with "Lotus" in its name tends to. So far, it hasn't had quite the explosive effect some people thought it might, but there's still plenty of time (and lots of fetchlands) to play with it. At the very least, it takes you from two mana straight to four mana, and cards that do that have never been bad - see Wall of Roots and Vine Trellis.

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

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