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Burnished Hart
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Burnished Hart
- Commander 2015

Reviewed December 1, 2015

Constructed: 3
Casual: 3.5
Limited: 3.33
Multiplayer: 3
Commander [EDH]: 3.5

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David Fanany

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Burnished Hart
An artifact creature like this one looked slightly out of place in the Theros block, at first glance. In reality, though, Greek mythology has a surprising number of constructs that looked and even acted like people or animals. The most famous was Talos, a bronze man constructed by the famous Daedalus to watch over the island of Crete. There's a theory that mythology is an attempt by a culture to explain its ancestors' experiences, so you can't help but wonder what a story like Talos' was originally intended to explain.
Burnished Hart's gameplay value is much clearer, I feel. Even in this day of however many dual land variants we're up to, not every deck wants to or needs to include green for Sakura-Tribe Elder and the like; the Hart's cost and stats are probably about what we'd expect for a card that gives such an effect to any color, and it's worth noting that as a 2/2, it's actually slightly more effective than the Elder in situations where you have to go on the offense right away with whatever you have lying around. And further, the way it gives you two lands rather than just one is actually a decent form of card advantage which can be leveraged in any deck with recursion effects. It's not quite as purely powerful as Krosan Tusker, but it's good at what it does.
Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 3/5
EDH/Commander: 3/5


Today's card of the day is Burnished Hart which is a three mana 2/2 that can be sacrificed to search for two basic lands and put them into play tapped.  This is a slower or more mana intensive search when compared to Green options, but does offer land acceleration to other colors.  As a creature it has value with blocking before being sacrificed and when more mana or deck thinning aren't needed at the cost of some added vulnerability to removal.  Overall a decent choice for acceleration in Commander or non-Green multicolor decks.
In a Limited format with this it adds acceleration to any deck and has all of the same benefits as in Constructed formats.  An easy inclusion in Sealed and a strong third or fourth pick in most packs of Booster.
Constructed: 3.0
Casual: 3.5
Limited: 4.0
Multiplayer: 3.5
Commander: 4.0

Burnished Hart
It's slow mana acceleration. What's that mean? For a total of 6 mana, you get two basics fetched and a free chump block. It's not great, but it's okay in late-game when you're either having trouble mana-fixing or you're mana-flooded.
Constructed: 3
Casual: 3
Limited: 3
Multiplayer: 2.5
EDH: 3.5

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