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Olivia Voldaren
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Olivia Voldaren

Reviewed December 19, 2011

Constructed: 4.33
Casual: 4.33
Limited: 4.87
Multiplayer: 4.33

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David Fanany

Player since 1995

Olivia Voldaren

There's something very compelling about the concept of a clan of decadent vampire overlords. That's why Innistrad drew on Homelands to create its - yes, really! Homelands looks a little different when you consider it as the ancestor of the first gothic horror block. In turn, Olivia Voldaren follows admirably in the footsteps of Baron Sengir: as if shooting down hordes of creatures and players while running you out of +1/+1 counters wasn't enough, Olivia gets downright tricky. Ever dreamed of owning your own Darksteel Colossus? Vampirify one and steal it. Finally run out of things to do with Baron Sengir? Turn every creature on the table into a vampire, then regenerate some of them just for laughs. It's no wonder that Olivia Voldaren featured in the top eight at the World Championship.

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

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno Today's card of the day is Olivia Voldaren which is a four mana Red and Black 3/3 legendary vampire with Flying that can deal one damage to another target creature for two mana, turn it into a vampire, and gains
+1/+1 each time the effect is used.  Also, for five mana you can gain
control of target vampire while Olivia is in play.  Thematically this is an excellent card and a four mana 3/3 with Flying by itself is playable, but add in the repeatable burn plus powering up effect and you have a must play for any Red/Black deck.  The second effect is more valuable when combined with an aura or equipment that provides Hexproof or some other protection against removal, though the stats and first effect are strong enough without it.  Overall this is a very powerful card that excels in the middle to later stages of the game and makes use of excess mana to tip the scales in your favor.
For Limited aside from being locked into two specific colors when playing this there are no real drawbacks as a 3/3 with Flying that can remove or borrow creatures is a dominant force in the format.  With the number of vampires in set the first effect may not even be required to take a creature depending on the opponent's build which is an added bonus when seven mana isn't available.  This is an easy first pick in Booster and should be played in Sealed whenever either color is strong enough to be played allowing the other to be splashed.
Constructed: 4.0
Casual: 4.0
Limited: 4.5
Multiplayer: 4.0

      Welcome to a new week of Card of the Day reviews here at Pojo.com. To kick start the week, we take a look at Olivia Voldaren from Innistrad. Olivia Voldaren is a 3/3 legendary vampire creature that costs one red, one black , and two generic mana. Olivia Voldaren has flying, and two other abilities. The first ability is one red, one generic mana; deal one damage to another target creature, that creature becomes a vampire in addition to its other types, put a +1/+1 counter on Olivia Voldaren. Her next ability is pay three generic and two black mana, gain control of target vampire for as long as you control Olivia Voldaren.
       The flavor aspect behind Olivia is one of the cooler parts. For the first time, a vampire “bites” another creature, turning it into a vampire, and gets stronger for doing so. Then, Olivia also introduces the “Dracula” affect, gaining control of other vampires.
       Olivia Voldaren is certainly a force to contend with. Whether it be taking out smaller creatures, or turning them to gain control of them, or even turning your own creatures to get the boost from cards such as Vampire Nocturnus or Captivating Vampire, or Lord of Lineage/Bloodline Keeper. And with how nicely red was introduced into the vampire line, it is a no brainer that running red and black vampires is sure to be the way to go.
      Perhaps one of Olivia Voldaren’s strongest attributes is that she is a flying creature that just gets really strong. Pumping herself while taking out smaller creatures means that she could clear the air, and land some serious damage all at once.
      Olivia Voldaren’s impact is felt in any aspect of play. Whether in multiplayer, where there are more small creatures to ping, and many options at larger creatures to take. Or in casual, where breaking Olivia is easy as pie, or even in limited, where you draft Olivia specifically to build around her abilities. She makes an impact in every facet she sees.
Limited: 5/5
Casual: 5/5
Constructed: 5/5
Multiplayer: 5/5

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