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Loxodon Smiter
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Loxodon Smiter
- Return to Ravnica

Reviewed December 14, 2012

Constructed: 4.13
Casual: 3.75
Limited: 4.25
Multiplayer: 3.13

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Loxodon Smiter

Apparently we live in a world where a 4/4 for 1GW isn't good enough, they have to make it uncounterable and undiscardable too.

Actually, those abilities only work while it's in your hand or on the stack. Once you actually get it into play, it is just a 4/4 for three mana.

And the abilities only matter if your opponent tries to make you discard it or counter it. If your opponent doesn't use a strategy like that, it's just a 4/4 for three mana,

A 4/4 for three mana is pretty good.

Constructed- 3.5
Casual- 3
Limited- 4
Multiplayer- 3.5

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Loxodon Smiter
When i first saw the art for this card, separate from its game text, I really thought it would be more of a reference to Loxodon Hierarch than just the art and less of a "Hey you, use me against Snapcaster Mage!!!1" card. Yeah, it's obviously powerful, acts like a roadblock against half of the recent formats, and it very clearly picks itself for almost any deck, especially in tournament environments where infamous invitational cards are legal. But frankly, I'm concerned about what this says about what this says about recent Magic design and what it implies for future design. Once a power level as terrifying as this exists, what are future cards for the decks that like to start attacking on turn 2 and for competing midrange decks going to look like?
Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 3/5
Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Loxodon Smiter which is a three mana Green and White 4/4 that can't be countered and if discarded by an opponent's effect it is placed into play.  This is an excellent sidedeck card against control and hand destruction, possibly even in an off-color build when facing a heavy discard metagame, and is fairly efficient for the cost even without the effects.  Once in play it isn't very noteworthy as it has no other benefits, but the near guarantee of getting it there is value enough.
In Limited this should always be run in a Selesnya Sealed as a three mana 4/4 is a clear bargain while the effects are a bonus that will rarely be a factor.  Not having more relevant effects makes it a mediocre first pick in Booster, though it is strong enough as a 4/4 to earn it if the pack has nothing more impressive in the uncommon or common slots.
Constructed: 4.0
Casual: 4.0
Limited: 4.0
Multiplayer: 4.0

Loxodon Smiter Card of the Day
John Shultis
      Welcome to Pojo.com's card of the day section! We are closing out this week looking at Loxodon Smiter from Return to Ravnica. Loxodon Smiter is a rare green and white creature elephant soldier that costs one generic, one white, and one green mana for a 4/4/ Loxodon Smiter cannot be countered. Loxodon Smiter also says that is a spell or ability that an opponent controls would cause you to discard Loxodon Smiter, you put it onto the battlefield instead of your graveyard. 

     Like I have said before, Magic is now geared so that players truly get more than what they paid for when they drop a spell. And Loxodon Smiter is by far a great example of that. For starters, a 4/4 for just three mana is a steal. Then, saying that it can't be countered would be more than enough for most people. But then, go ahead and add some super icing on that cake by saying that should it be discarded by your opponent, it hits for free instead. How could anyone not only like the Loxodon Smiter, but not want to use it whenever possible. 

     I know what many people say, the reason it is only three mana is the fact that two different colors are required to play it. My response, so what! There are literally TONS of cards that produce these colors, and most of them either current or recent enough that this card is at the top of my list of playable cards. Selesnya Guildgate, Sunpetal Grove, and so on and so on. 

     Worst that I have had the pleasure of doing personally with this card is being despised first turn by my opponent. My hand only contained lands, Rancor, Ethereal Armor, and the Smiter. Since they had to choose the Smiter, it came out first turn, second turn, Rancor and Ethereal Armor on it, swung for eight second turn. Opponent was hoping for a kill spell that they never found, drew up another Ethereal Armor, game over. Just some of the potential behind this guy. 
Limited: 5/5
Constructed: 5/5
Casual: 5/5
Multiplayer: 2/5

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