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Alms Collector
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Alms Collector
- Commander 2017

Reviewed August 30, 2017

Constructed: 3.88
Casual: 4.00
Limited: DNA
Multiplayer: 4.13
Commander [EDH]: 4.25

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David Fanany

Player since 1995

Alms Collector
 
My old job involved teaching introductory economics to undergraduate classes. One week in a tutorial class, the other tutor brought up the topic of economic fairness, and I don't think it got exactly the reaction he expected - it seemed that the students were really not expecting to hear it that day. You might expect it more in the flavor text for a white card, and I think this guy will be seen often enough to trigger a lot of heated philosophical discussions, seeing as he's basically white's answer to Consecrated Sphinx. A lot of the best card-advantage spells make their controller draw two or more at one time as part of one resolution, and doing so is often the keystone of a deck's plan. Note that he specifically does not work on other versions of drawing extra cards - for a card like Phyrexian Arena, you get extra cards but you only actually draw one at a time.
 
Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: n/a
Multiplayer: 4/5
EDH/Commander: 4/5
James H.

Alms Collector (8/30)

 

Alms Collector is the latest in the long line of white's ambush tricks that come in and screw everything up for your opponent. And this one is a doozy: it makes all multiple-draw effects weaker and gives you a card out of the trade. This is a very big deal; historically, white's card advantage has been abysmal, and this gives white decks a way to fight back against blue decks more easily. In particular, this severely harms Brainstorm and Sylvan Library, cards that see Legacy play fairly heavily.

 

A 3/4 is also a good body to work with, resistant to Lightning Bolt. It's a very good tool for white, and it helps the color have a fighting chance against less-fair approaches to Magic that dominate Legacy.

 

Constructed: 3.75

Casual: 4

Multiplayer: 4.25

Commander: 4.5


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