Today I will be using a feature on gatherer to take 7 random cards in the history of Magic: The Gathering and rank them and state the reason. Here are the cards:
Plague Dogs, Yuki-Onna, Thrun the Last Troll, Kird Ape, Riot Spikes, Faith’s Fetters, Twincast
7. Yuki-Onna – Most of Kamigawa were pretty bad cards. That really kept spirit tribal decks from really taking off. This card can be a nice utility to recur artifact destruction, and can also have some combat trick potential, with Arcane instants
6. Riot Spikes – Riot Spikes is a utility aura. It can be used to kill a 1/1, or give your flier two extra power. If you were hoping to use it offensively, I would recommend Unholy Strength, but it isn’t that great of a card.
5. Plague Dogs – Plague Dogs is a little expensive for my taste, but you can really ruin a lot of small creatures’ day and draw a card at the same time by using his ability. Again, not a great card, but I’ve seen worse attempts at this kind of effect. I’d recommend cycling Decree of Pain instead
4. Faith’s Fetters – Besides netting you four life, Faith’s Fetters can potentially stop a creature, artifact or planeswalker in their tracks. Against any deck that has no enchantment destruction, it basically makes the permanent useless forever.
3. Twincast – This spell can be really useful in a few ways. The first is obviously to ride the coattails of a very expensive spell, such as Time Stretch. You can also use it in a counter war to let your spells resolve.
2. Thrun, the Last Troll – Thrun is also one of the last creatures to be printed with the words: “cannot be the target of spells or abilities your opponents control. It is a pretty solid creature, a 4/4 for 4. It can also regenerate for two mana. There was a lot of hype around this card when it came out, but it has dropped in price significantly.
1. Kird Ape – Kird Ape was a card that was printed in From the Vault: Legends. This card made zoo decks what they are, and having a 2/3 on the second turn ready to attack is no laughing matter.
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