Mourning Buffalo

Summary: I like this card.  Potential for anti-winny.

 

Comment: Only 2 mana to activate, yet it can decrease Attack of all non-adjacent enemy creatures by 1.  I feel this is very strong ability.  Consider the most popular type of deck, the winny deck.  Most creatures are 1-2 attack power so reducing by 1 is very significant.  Since it is non-adjacent, Buffalo itself is susceptible to attack by enemy creatures; however, it has baseline health of 5.  If you summon this on Fire field, it will be 7.  Plus other allied cult of mourning can decrease activation furthure down.  Personally, I can see this creature as one of Fire anti-winny creature.

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3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Paydak on October 11, 2008 at 9:16 pm

    I’m on the fence on this one, but leaning towards it being crap. 5 mana is a lot to invest in something that may not impact the board all that much in a lot of circumstances. Sure it’s nice to reduce attack power, but most people are going to want to do the vast majority of their damage by summoning new creatures, not reactivating, which is usually pretty inefficient. And because you actually have to activate it before the fancy effect takes place, you’re spending 7 mana before anything interesting really happens. So yeah, you could play Cult of Mourning creatures and make it better. What are the good Cult of Mourning creatures? The only way this card will be used is if it can play a supplemental role to a bunch of very good Cult of Mourning cards. It’s not strong enough to be a deck centerpiece. While you’re spending so many resources reducing attack power, your opponent will just use his mana to play creatures and win.

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  2. Posted by houshasen on October 12, 2008 at 10:49 am

    @Paydak

    You may be right, but because this creature’s ability is what I am more interested in than actual attack itself, I was thinking of casting this with Cubic or Mimic rather than paying full 5 mana to summon and use its summoning attack.

    As far as cult of mourning goes, Flame Novice or Flame Ascetic are pretty good card. So definitely won’t hurt putting these cards in your deck.

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  3. Posted by Fongy on October 13, 2008 at 6:40 am

    I think this is a brilliant card, very anti-winny and yes I would say..

    @ Paydak

    Think outside the box, stop looking at a card in isolation, like you did with the slumbering plant – think of how it works with card and deck bonuses…
    This is conjunction with a mimic or cubic is invaluable, on its own it stands up too..
    It has a lot of abilities and I think will be a real problem card in the future, I know I will want to incorporate one into my deck, especially against those pesky pigeon riders!
    2 attack / potentially 3 is pretty good considering all its additional abilities, couple with beguiling fog, etc – it’s a winner!

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