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Quest for Ula's Temple

Reviewed January 25, 2010

Constructed: 2.00
Casual: 3.25
Limited: 1.75
Multiplayer: 2.30

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Quest for Ula's Temple

For Krakens, we have Kraken Hatchling. For Leviathans, we have Inkwell Leviathan. For Octopi, we have Lorthos, the Tidemaker. And for Serpents, we have Shoal Serpent and Serpent of the Endless Sea. I may be forgetting a few, but that's just covering Standard. None of them are really very good, but I suppose if you can get them for free once a turn, even Shoal Serpent starts looking pretty sweet. And this thing can start putting out free sea beasts as early as turn four with some lucky topdecks, but it's more likely to take until turn five or six, or later. Too late for a free Kraken Hatchling to make a difference, but not too late for a massive Leviathan or Serpent.

Constructed- 2
Casual- 3
Limited- 1.5
Multiplayer- 2.5

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Quest for Ula's Temple

There are some cards that do one thing, and some cards that do many things. The Quest for Ula's Temple is one of the latter. Wanna win the game? Put Tidal Kraken into play. Wanna make people smile? Put Lorthos the Tidemaker into play. Wanna really confuse your friends? Put Bog Serpent into play. Wanna have fun? Do all of these, and some more besides.

Constructed: 1/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 2/5
Multiplayer: 2/5


Monday 1-25-10


Quest for Ula's Temple


Constructed: Who knock over the fish bowl. Good thing they limited to 4 creature types. Dropping a Inkwell Leviathan or that big Octopus can really turn the game around.


Casual & Multiplayer: If you run alot of creatures for a big multiplayer you will be dropping creatures at the end of everyone's turn and hope nobody plays Wrath of Dang it!


Limited: Will there be some worthy creatures to use this in Worldwake only draft? The chances of getting Lorthos, the Tidemaker are very slim in sealed deck.


Overall a great card for multiplayer.


Constructed: 3

Casual: 3

Multiplayer: 4

Limited: 2




Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's preview card is Quest for Ula's Temple which unlike most other quests has the built in effect to trigger the counters it requires for itself. Revealing three creatures allows you to play a Leviathan, Octopus, or Serpent or a creature that counts as all creature types such as a from Lorwyn/Morningtide Changeling. Of currently known cards there are twenty-one Serpents, twelve Leviathan, and two Octopus types of which only seven are legal in the Standard format. This is not a particularly large pool, but the choices are generally fairly powerful and can make an impact if played on the fourth turn of a game.
Naturally some deck modifying cards like Ponder and Sage Owl would assist greatly in speeding up the activation of the quest's effect.

For Constructed, Casual, and Multiplayer the best choice in Standard is probably Inkwell Leviathan with Nemesis of Reason or Kederekt Leviathan depending on your overall strategy. Lorthos, the Tidemaker, Serpent of the Endless Sea, Shoal Serpent, and Steelclad Serpent all are limited in effectiveness when played earlier or require other cards for maximum effect. This is not a particularly bad card, but requires quite a bit of work compared to the more flexible Elvish Piper and the timing of creature placement at an end step is limiting. This is more of a Casual flavor than anything seriously competitive, barring really noteworthy new creatures in the upcoming sets. In Extended style decks a noteworthy card for an Ula's Temple deck may be Grozoth which is a fairly obscure rare from Ravnica that can search your library for any number of other nine mana casting cost creatures and put them into your hand. As three other Leviathan types are nine mana this gives a few options for the deck, but each has a penalty attached. The potential for fetching any number of the twenty-seven different nine mana creatures in Magic has some play for combination that require powerful creatures in hand or a large number of cards.

With Limited this card is borderline useless unless by chance you happen to get several of the listed creature types in your pool. Seeing your top card seconds before you draw is only really useful if you have some effect that can change the top card before your draw phase which is unlikely. Overall this is a rare that can safely be passed in Booster almost every time and kept in the sidedeck for any Sealed games.

Constructed: 2.0
Casual: 2.5
Limited: 1.0
Multiplayer: 2.0

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