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Axebane Guardian
- Return to Ravnica

Reviewed October 5, 2012

Constructed: 3.00
Casual: 3.00
Limited: 3.20
Multiplayer: 2.75

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Axebane Guardian

Where was this in Rise of the Eldrazi?! Oh wait, it was called Overgrown Battlement. Does this mean a defender subtheme? Will we see the return of the first Ravnica block's Wakestone Gargoyle? Come to think of it, where's all the Gargoyles? Last Ravnica block had a bunch-- did they all die? Are we waiting for the Orzhov's turn?

Oh wait, we were talking about a Druid, or something, weren't we? This is... well, it's a mana guy. In a multicolor block, which is cool. Excpet it's not really up to Green's standards for mana guys. It costs three, and to get more than one mana out of it you need more Defenders. Boy I hope they reprint Carven Caryatid then, I guess. I don't think they're going too though.

Constructed- 1.25
Casual- 1.5
Limited- 2
Multiplayer- 1.75

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Axebane Guardian
I like Vine Trellis. Always have, always will. I'm not 100% happy about the recent trend of seemingly trying to obsolete cards that there was never anything wrong with*. Yes, I know that Axebane Guardian costs one more than most of the classic green mana walls, but in a multicolored world - which, it seems, is everything nowadays - color fixing is worth more than the card's weight in gold ('cause, y'know, cards don't really weigh anything). There seems to be an emphasis on midrange creatures in recent sets, too, which means that in settings like Standard, this will buy you more time than it looks. Time on its own or color fixing on its own would be good; both together is excellent.
*(Yes, I know the argument is that power creep-looking cards can be played alongside old favorites, not instead of them. Do you know anyone who actually does so? If you do, you're luckier than me.)
Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 4/5


Welcome back readers todays card of the day is Axebane Guardian an interesting mana ramper and defensive creature. The 0/3 body is relevant against aggressive two drops and early threats from some aggressive decks but costing three mana is slightly slow for the mana ramp aspect as most accelerators cost one mana and provide a lot of early mana development. In standard I could see this card seeing a decent amount of play as it provides an early blocker and mid game mana ramp not allowing you an explosive early start but a decent bump in the mid game. That being said it won’t be widespread but it will be more of a niche card. In modern there is a lot of defenders so this should be a hit*Sarcasm.* Seriously there is better mana rampers and better ways to combat creature aggression leaving this in the dust. In legacy and vintage it wont see play it’s an awkward card that doesn’t fill a role that decks need or want and could be replaced if they do. In casual and multiplayer it’s decent in a defender deck and with the support from Overgrown Battlement and cards like Vent Sentinel it’s a fun deck that could do some interesting things. It is also a human and a druid two relevant creature types. In limited its decent mana fixing for casting multicolor spells making it valuable. Overall a card I think may see some niche standard play and has a decent role in casual and multiplayer as well as limited.
Constructed: 2.5
Casual: 2.5
Limited: 2.5
Multiplayer: 2.5

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Axebane Guardian which is a three mana Green
0/3 with Defender that taps to add mana of any combination of colors equal to the number of creatures with Defender you control. This is a decent addition to the Defender theme that has been gaining some support in recent sets and has some potential for stalling or non-attack based builds.  Despite not being quite as good as Overgrown Battlement in a mono-green deck it does support a multicolor deck reasonably well which offers more opportunities for the mana production to be put towards an X or repeatable cost.
For Limited this is a splashable form of acceleration that can also help fix decks using three or more colors in addition to stalling out an early 2/2 or similar attacker.  An easy inclusion for any Sealed build using Green mana and potentially draftable in multiples for Booster early in weak packs or later depending on the table. While not able to attack or deal damage on defense is a drawback, nearly any acceleration is good in the format and including mana fixing plus the potential to block some damage gives it value.
Constructed: 3.0
Casual: 3.0
Limited: 3.5
Multiplayer: 3.0

        Welcome to Pojo.com’s card of the day section. We have been looking at Return to Ravnica this week, and close out our week looking at Axebane Guardian. Axebane Guardian is a common green creature human druid. Axebane Guardian costs two generic and one green mana and is a 0/3. Axebane Guardian has defender. Axebane Guardian’s ability is tap: add X mana in any combination of colors to your mana pool, where X is the number of creatures with defender you control.

      Absolutely amazing. I love it! Two of these guys net you four mana in any combination of colors, not counting any other defenders you may have! Mana ramp, crazy time! There is no telling what you can do with all of the mana that these guys will gain you. But there are certainly some great options coming from Return to Ravnica.

      Reminds me of Overgrown Battlement, and the two of them should work amazingly together to achieve a complete mana overload.
Limited: 4/5
Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 4/5
Multiplayer: 2/5

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