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to be honest i just give a 4 or 5 to hedron crab,abyssal persecutor and quicksand,and 3 to the admonition angel
How can Admonition Angel be a 4.0, a I will strongly consider playing this as the only card of its color.???How many white sources do you need to run at minimum? Enough I'd say to be running any other strong white cards with a single white the least. Also enough to seriously effect my other sources.
Before you open your Sealed pool, you get to add your choice of two cards to your pool, to increase your chance of winning matches. The card that you think increases your chances is the stronger card.
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Pointing Crab really sucks. It's a signal? It's not a signal? You slam one? You don't?
I think I rated most cards way too high, but oh well. I usually do know pretty well if I should pick or play a card in context, but evaluating them in a vacuum is not my cup of tea. I gave a 3 to the Persecutor while it deserved a 2 at best; the truth is that a limited deck that can reliably get rid of him is a rarity. The only type of deck I'd feel comfortable playing him in is a blue one with a lot of bounce such as Whiplash Trap and Aether Tradewinds. Almost no Black removal spell can kill him (the only one I can think of is Feast of Blood if you happen to have the vamps), no red removal spell deals 6+ damage by itself... White has a few cards that can do the trick, but would you really want to keep your Journey to Nowhere just for that purpose while you didn't draw the Persecutor yet, and would need to remove an opposing threat?One card I gave 4.0 and feel oddly right about my choice is Tideforce Elemental. That card is STUPID GOOD. People don't realize it yet, but I feel more and more like it dethrones Vampire Nighthawk as the best uncommon in the block. 4.0 is high only in the sense that it's not a good splash card; you need more than one blue mana to abuse it. That card utterly dominates boards until it's dealt with. It if didn't have one toughness and as such couldn't be dealt with the Worlwake "pinger" cards, it would really be a design mistake in my book.
Searing blaze is better than goliath sphinx in this format. A 7 mana card is seldom going to be relevant in draft unless you are also playing plenty of mana acceleration. Of course there are some decks you would rather want goliath sphinx in than searing blaze, but odds are those decks are not both colors (UR decks don't have ramp cards and they tend to be fairly agressive so there searing blaze would be better). Another problem is that it is only possible to replace with full card, while 2 searing blaze might be equal to one admonition angel, i would rather have 3 searing blaze than 2 wolfbriar elementals... For claws of the valakut it only fits in very specifc decks, but in those decks it is probably better than both battle hurdra and wind zendikon can hope to be at their best. Strict value can be very hard to rate for cards in the third pack when you already know your colors.
I also find it funny that the number list is the same as the one lsv used on another site...