DLCR: Fiendslayer Paladin

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Todays M14 card to rate is...

Fiendslayer Paladin

 
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5.0: First pick no matter what.  I will always play this card.
4.5: Splashable and first pick worthy.
4.0: First pick pack 1.
3.5: Early pick though not always a first pick.
3.0: Solid early/mid pick.
2.5: Solid pick in color.
2.0: Should generally make the deck if in this color.
1.5: Decent filler.
1.0: 23rd card if you have to.
0.5: This card will sometimes be sideboarded in.
0.0: I will never put this card into my deck (main deck or after sideboarding).


This guy is legit.  He's well costed.  Has some really nice abilities.  And dodges black and red removal which there is a bit of.

3.5-4

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He's a 3 mana 2/2 (bad) with upside (good) which doesn't make him great. 

I found Carmen Sandiego before you were born unless you're Zlehtnoba.

This guy stops doing anything the moment your opponent plays an undead minotaur.

Why does everyone think he's good? 

Why does everyone think I'm phantom lancer? QFT:

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139359831 wrote:
I hope all this helps you to see things in a greater light—and understand that Magic: the Gathering was really created by extraterrestials using Richard Garfield as a medium. The game itself reflects the socio-psycho realtivity between living beings, and the science that takes precedence over them—to define reality for them all (like telekinesis, weather, scientific reaction, phenomenon, ingenuity, how the brain works, etc.). I'd also bet there is an entity floating thousands of miles above us, looking down on the current state of game, shaking its fist like... "Wtf are you doing?! You're getting it all screwed up!". Awkward—to be evolved, and yet still subject to the ladder that is the concepts of the game. In this case, misconception, corruption, and deception. With the realities of each color becoming distorted (through oblivious designers), leading the game to reflect a false state of reality that warps the understanding that other people have about those things. For example, people thinking that white could be anything except pure good. This shouldn't be too far off though, I mean...Magic is designed based on reality after all, so that entity (those entities) should be subject to those things. Anyways, I guess when you're busy doing space stuff you can't always be around to ensure quality control. It's no wonder they choose Garfield, they're so much alike; that's exactly what happened to him and Magic.
166199665 wrote:
omg snortng so much febbdelicious /intocixated in rl
2.5

I met it once, and it died chumping a Baloth. It is a good target for white combat tricks, but that's about it.

Go draft, young man, go draft!

This guy stops doing anything the moment your opponent plays an undead minotaur.

Why does everyone think he's good? 



He's not great, but a 2 power first striker for 3, that can't be killed by B/R removal, is still a pretty nice body.  The Lifelink is a small upside that can turn races in your favor.


It's double white does lower its pickability.

3.0
2.5-3.0. He's pretty good.
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In the current draft environment this is easily a 3.5-4.0.

It's all about getting your good creatures attached to auras in this set and this guy avoids a lot of the dowbside of auras by being immune to many types of removal. You put trollhide on this and keep attacking, even if they block you're gaining four life a turn and developing your board with other cards.
This guy stops doing anything the moment your opponent plays an undead minotaur.

Why does everyone think he's good? 



He's not great, but a 2 power first striker for 3, that can't be killed by B/R removal, is still a pretty nice body.  The Lifelink is a small upside that can turn races in your favor.


It's double white does lower its pickability.

3.0


The problem with his resistance to removal is that he's a 2/2, so they're probably pointing their removal elsewhere anyways.  And a 2/2 first strike for 3, especially with an awkward casting cost, is just bad.  And lifelink is better on big or evasive guys, who can actually get in there without dying.

The only good thing that can be said about this guy is that he wears auras well. 

Why does everyone think I'm phantom lancer? QFT:

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139359831 wrote:
I hope all this helps you to see things in a greater light—and understand that Magic: the Gathering was really created by extraterrestials using Richard Garfield as a medium. The game itself reflects the socio-psycho realtivity between living beings, and the science that takes precedence over them—to define reality for them all (like telekinesis, weather, scientific reaction, phenomenon, ingenuity, how the brain works, etc.). I'd also bet there is an entity floating thousands of miles above us, looking down on the current state of game, shaking its fist like... "Wtf are you doing?! You're getting it all screwed up!". Awkward—to be evolved, and yet still subject to the ladder that is the concepts of the game. In this case, misconception, corruption, and deception. With the realities of each color becoming distorted (through oblivious designers), leading the game to reflect a false state of reality that warps the understanding that other people have about those things. For example, people thinking that white could be anything except pure good. This shouldn't be too far off though, I mean...Magic is designed based on reality after all, so that entity (those entities) should be subject to those things. Anyways, I guess when you're busy doing space stuff you can't always be around to ensure quality control. It's no wonder they choose Garfield, they're so much alike; that's exactly what happened to him and Magic.
166199665 wrote:
omg snortng so much febbdelicious /intocixated in rl
It really depends whether you expect to be able to combo this with Illusionary Armor or not.
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