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Cathedral of War
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Cathedral of War
- Magic 2013

Reviewed August 20, 2012

Constructed: 3.25
Casual: 3.25
Limited: 4.00
Multiplayer: 3.25

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David Fanany

Player since 1995

Cathedral of War
This is one of those times that I'm really sorry that Magic's cards aren't bigger, or that there was at least a way and a venue to regularly view art at its original size. You almost can't see that the wall hangings and chandeliers in this cathedral are made entirely of swords, and that's a little sad if you ask me. This is undeniably a good card - exalted is a mechanic that can dominate combat outright, and there are many decks that simply can't deal with the Cathedral once it's in play - but it doesn't automatically fit in every deck. The colorless mana and coming into play tapped will be a turn-off for some decks, such as anything heavily Bant-themed. The new-style black-white exalted decks, though, or just about anything in a limited format, will eat this up.
Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 3/5

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Cathedral of War which comes into play tapped, taps for one, and has Exalted.  This is a very nice card for the Black/White style of Exalted deck, though it needs a deck with a carefully crafted mana requirement to minimize the risk of it slowing down your tempo.  Three mana cards with two or more colored mana symbols make this a problematic choice and a slightly higher ratio of one and two mana cards is recommended to balance the first few turns out. 

Overall this being a relatively free and difficult to remove source of Exalted is worth considering, but just adding it to a deck might not produce the best results.
For Limited this should not be considered a land as much as an Exalted source and damage boost to Exalted or non-Exalted themes. In Sealed there should be little reason to not include this in any deck while maintaining a balanced mana pool for whatever colors are being used.  In Booster this is a good first draw that can be played alongside any colors drafted in later picks and a nice starting point for an Exalted theme.
Constructed: 3.5
Casual: 3.5
Limited: 4.0
Multiplayer: 3.5

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