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Slayers' Stronghold
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Slayer's Stronghold
Avacyn Restored

Reviewed May 31, 2012

Constructed: 3.87
Casual: 3.50
Limited: 3.50
Multiplayer: 3.13

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David Fanany

Player since 1995

Slayer's Stronghold
One of the many cards in Avacyn Restored that evokes memories of the Castlevania series, Slayer's Stronghold encourages you to backtrack in true Belmont tradition and revisit old places and creatures with new equipment. Ever looked at a creature and said "Gee, this would have been a lot better if it was more like Bull Cerodon?" Well, now any creature you cast can become a Bull Cerodon. Seriously, though, it's an uncounterable aggressive boost for the most aggressive color combination, and an even more universal one than equipment. It's worth committing to those colors just for that.
Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 4/5
Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Slayer's Stronghold which is a land that can tap for one or for a Red, White, and tap gives target creature +2/+0, Vigilance, and Haste until the end of the turn.  Red/White has a few solid cards currently for the build and more should be coming in the next block.  While Haste is only useful on the initial turn a creature enters the battlefield the reusable +2/+0 and Vigilance make this quite efficient and powerful when combined with the right creatures.  Looking forward or even back to Extended this is a solid addition to a specific color combination and will likely see some play.
For Limited the odds of running both colors is somewhat small and splashing one or the other to activate a land's effect may not be very efficient.  However, lands are usually difficult to remove and Haste or Vigilance can make a huge impact in the right situation.  The main issue is having enough of the support or splashed color available in a turn the creature to be given Haste is played.  Aside from that concern this is usually worth running in Sealed if Red/White is viable, but a bit cumbersome to draft into for Booster.
Constructed: 3.5
Casual: 3.5
Limited: 3.5
Multiplayer: 3.5


       Welcome to the Pojo.com card of the day section here at Pojo.com. Today we are looking at Slayer’s Stronghold from Avacyn Restored. Slayer’s Stronghold is a rare land. Slayer’s Stronghold taps to add generic mana to your mana pool. You can also pay one white and one red mana and tap the Slayer’s Stronghold to give target creature +2/+0, Vigilance, and Haste until the end of the turn.

       Not too bad of a land I suppose. Certainly not my favorite to have seen. But we should more so look at what it really is, a preview land for the coming Return to Ravnica, as this is obviously Boros themed. Perhaps this card will be more of an impact once we are back in Ravnica. For right now though, it can be a boost to any deck running the two colors, as long as the mana is available and not needed elsewhere. The main problem is the main benefit would be from giving something you just cast haste, which means you lose three lands in the process to do so (the red and white mana and of course the Stronghold itself).
Limited: 3/5
Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 3/5
Multiplayer: 2/5

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