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Raidrinn Reviews: Core Set Uterra

Raidrinn Reviews: Core Set Uterra

When traveling through the Deepbranch Forest, one must be wary of the both the beasts and the secretive forest clans that dwell within. If you dare brave the dangers, you summon powerful allies to aid your cause.

Standard Constructed

0 – Unplayable – These cards should never ever be placed in a deck ever (ever ever never ever).
1 – Niche – Under regular circumstances, this card should not be played, but in certain decks may serve a key purpose
2 – Playable – Most cards fall under this category.
3 – Strong – Not a staple, but certainly better than average.
4 – Staple – Most of the cards here will be the centerpieces of many decks.
5 – All Star – Very rare that a card will be rated this highly. Cards that appear in here should nearly always be included in decks that contain that faction.
800px Arboris%2C Grove Dragon Raidrinn Reviews: Core Set Uterra

Arboris, Grove Dragon: 4

If you value your life, avoid the Grove of the Dragon. Its stats aren’t awful during Levels 2 and 3 when your Health is under 100, so don’t feel too bad about continuing to cast this.

800px Botanimate Raidrinn Reviews: Core Set Uterra

Botanimate: 4

This is one of the set’s best removal spells. Three of these will be firmly planted in many Uterra decks.

800px Bramblewood Guardian Raidrinn Reviews: Core Set Uterra

Bramblewood Guardian: 0

The stats are actually pretty impressive, but I’d guard against playing this in a real competitive deck.

800px Cadaverous Thicket Raidrinn Reviews: Core Set Uterra

Cadaverous Thicket: 0

What an awesome name for a card. Despite translating to “Dead Body Thicket” I wouldn’t be caught with this in my deck.

800px Cavern Hydra Raidrinn Reviews: Core Set Uterra

Cavern Hydra: 2

Solid body and Regenerate. Flavorful and very playable.

800px Chrogias Raidrinn Reviews: Core Set Uterra

Chrogias: 4

When the Ents are awakened, not even Saruman can stand in their way.

800px Cultivate Raidrinn Reviews: Core Set Uterra

Cultivate: 2

You have to work for this, but if you can cultivate some random flora, this card is a pretty decent spell.

800px Deepbranch Ancient Raidrinn Reviews: Core Set Uterra

Deepbranch Ancient: 1

You need to go a little deep to trigger this. If you have a full field, you’re probably winning anyway.

800px Deepbranch Prowler Raidrinn Reviews: Core Set Uterra

Deepbranch Prowler: 4

I used to think this card was terrible. Oh how things have changed. A body that never needs to be Leveled is extremely relevant and pushes this into staple status.

800px Deepwood Bear Rider Raidrinn Reviews: Core Set Uterra

Deepwood Bear Riders: 0

Wolves riding bears? Awesome. Lack of text box and meh stats? Ride on past.

800px Druid%27s Chant Raidrinn Reviews: Core Set Uterra

Druid’s Chant: 1

This should be a 0, but the fact that Arboris exists means that people are probably going to end up playing this sometimes.

800px Echowisp Raidrinn Reviews: Core Set Uterra

Echowisp: 5

Combination defensive sweeper and value attacker, I echo the sentiments of many when I say, play this card.

800px Enrage Raidrinn Reviews: Core Set Uterra

Enrage: 2

The buff this gives is big enough that it can create a bunch of value, especially when played on the correct creature.

800px Ether Hounds Raidrinn Reviews: Core Set Uterra

Ether Hounds: 0

They say dog is a man’s best friend, but this is no friend of mine.

800px Fangwood Ravager Raidrinn Reviews: Core Set Uterra

Fangwood Ravager: 0

Hey, this has the same stats as Master of Elements. Too bad it doesn’t have the same text box.

800px Feral Instinct Raidrinn Reviews: Core Set Uterra

Feral Instinct: 3

Breakthrough is a powerful ability. With the size of creatures in Uterra, it’s my instinct that you should play this.

800px Ferocious Roar Raidrinn Reviews: Core Set Uterra

Ferocious Roar: 4

This card makes me scream with rage every time it makes favorable trades with my board. Such a ferocious ability. Get your playset and put it in every Uterra deck.

800px Frostwild Tracker Raidrinn Reviews: Core Set Uterra

Frostwild Tracker: 3

People need to play this more. You don’t actually lose that much pressure since Ferocious Roar makes everything threatening. I wish I could track how many extra cards this has leveled.

800px Gemhide Basher Raidrinn Reviews: Core Set Uterra

Gemhide Basher: 3

You can’t hide from this dual removal spell and threat, the Basher is gem of a creature.

800px Ghostscale Cobra Raidrinn Reviews: Core Set Uterra

Ghostscale Cobra: 0

This Cobra’s bark is worse than its bite. On the playable scale, don’t.

800px Glowstride Stag Raidrinn Reviews: Core Set Uterra

Glowstride Stag: 2

When you are holding on for deer life, this card will help.

800px Grove Huntress Raidrinn Reviews: Core Set Uterra

Grove Huntress: 3

If you are hunting for a buff, try this.

800px Grove Matriarch Raidrinn Reviews: Core Set Uterra
398px Seedling Raidrinn Reviews: Core Set Uterra

Grove Matriarch: 1

It’s like a reverse Death Seeker, only not as good.

800px Heart Tree Raidrinn Reviews: Core Set Uterra

Heart Tree: 4

I <3 Tree. No, really. It’s a fantastic card.

800px Hunting Pack Raidrinn Reviews: Core Set Uterra

Hunting Pack: 0

No really. I’m not joking. Don’t play it. Please don’t play it.

Leafkin Progenitor Raidrinn Reviews: Core Set Uterra

Leafkin Progenitor: 3

Cast this early and it will leaf your opponents crushed. During the late game, I wood rather cast other things.

800px Lifeblood Dryad Raidrinn Reviews: Core Set Uterra

Lifeblood Dryad: 2

Ferocious Roar 4-6. Unlike Roar, I’d only want to run maybe a singleton of this card to more quickly put away a game that I’m already winning.

800px Lifeshaper Savant Raidrinn Reviews: Core Set Uterra

Lifeshaper Savant: 3

All the Savants are good; this one keeps your other Savants alive.

800px Lightbringer Cleric Raidrinn Reviews: Core Set Uterra

Lightbringer Cleric: 1

This is no Volcanic Giant, but Arboris doesn’t mind this on the board.

800px Mossbeard Patriarch Raidrinn Reviews: Core Set Uterra

Mossbeard Patriarch: 2

In conjunction with Heart Tree, this master healer will keep all your creatures safe.

800px Natural Selection Raidrinn Reviews: Core Set Uterra

Natural Selection: 0

Level-based and difficult to trigger? I naturally would not select it.

800px Oxidon Spitter Raidrinn Reviews: Core Set Uterra

Oxidon Spitter: 1

Don’t let the 1 fool you, if Robot decks become a major threat, this will turn them rust.

800px Phytobomb Raidrinn Reviews: Core Set Uterra
800px Seedling Sapling Treefolk Raidrinn Reviews: Core Set Uterra

Phytobomb: 3

When this card has a place in a deck, it’s a bomb.

800px Primal Surge Raidrinn Reviews: Core Set Uterra

Primal Surge: 1

The weakest of Surge cycle, my primal urge is to avoid this, but free is free.

800px Restless Wanderers Raidrinn Reviews: Core Set Uterra

Restless Wanderers: 2

This card is actually a lot stronger than it looks since the Level 1 version still triggers the Level 3 version.

800px Rootforged Avatar Raidrinn Reviews: Core Set Uterra

Rootforged Avatar: 3

Mono Uterra isn’t a bad deck, and this will root out the opposition.

800px Runegrove Guardian Raidrinn Reviews: Core Set Uterra

Runegrove Guardian: 3

I like this card much more than Deepbranch Ancient. The Runegrove Guardian will stand watch over your draws and give you a low depreciation play before every Player Level.

800px Shardplate Delver Raidrinn Reviews: Core Set Uterra

Shardplate Delver: 2

It gets large; it beats face.

800px Shardplate Mutant Raidrinn Reviews: Core Set Uterra

Shardplate Mutant: 3

This Shardplate must have eaten his Wheaties. Just put a bunch of singularly strong cards and beat your opponent over the head with raw power.

800px Soothing Radiance Raidrinn Reviews: Core Set Uterra

Soothing Radiance: 0

I can say this with a radiant smile: no.

800px Spring Dryad Raidrinn Reviews: Core Set Uterra

Spring Dryad: 3

When leveled consistently, Dryad springs into action and just stomps on your opponent’s creatures. Spring Dryad 3 + Echowisp 3 is almost as good as Echowisp 3 + Ferocious Roar 3.

Swampmoss Lurker Raidrinn Reviews: Core Set Uterra

Swampmoss Lurker: 0

Dinosaurs are freakin’ awesome! But this card will lurk in your inventory growing moss, because it will never make a constructed deck.

800px Talisin%2C Bard of Abundance Raidrinn Reviews: Core Set Uterra

Talisin, Bard of Abundance: 1

I have played card games for a long time, so I have a few stories to tell. Be very wary of cards that let your opponent gain advantage from the ability first. Often, your opponent will remove Talisin and just be up 2 creatures. He does have a massive body however, so feel free to prove my rating wrong.

800px Toxic Spores Raidrinn Reviews: Core Set Uterra

Toxic Spores: 0

This is going to be really good in draft, but in Constructed it will only poison your deck.

800px Uterra Packmaster Raidrinn Reviews: Core Set Uterra

Uterra Packmaster: 4

Even after being nerfed, this is a must play for every heavy Uterra deck. He will be a chase Legendary for a long time to come.

800px Wildwood Sower Raidrinn Reviews: Core Set Uterra
800px Seedling Sapling Treefolk Raidrinn Reviews: Core Set Uterra

Wildwood Sower: 2

Sowing Seedlings is a relevant strategy and he combos with many other cards like Ferocious Roar or Grimgaunt Devourer.

Top 5 Constructed Cards

5: Botanimate
4: Heart Tree
3: Ferocious Roar
2: Uterra Packmaster
1: Echowisp

Man, this looks like a deck right here. Botanimate is like a combination removal spell and Metasculpt, making it one of the best removal spells in the game. Heart Tree generates a ton of value and makes it even more difficult for your large creatures to die. Ferocious Roar is awesome and can be played in any deck that plays Uterra and Creatures. Packmaster is still fantastic and making sure it doesn’t activate should still be a priority when playing against it. Echowisp blocks, attacks, clears boards, wins games. If you just want to play with raw power, Uterra is where its at.

Thank you so much for reading, everybody. I’ll see you next time.

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About Raidrinn

Raidrinn is a long time Magic the Gathering player and trading card game enthusiast. He won first place in the second ever Forge Watch sponsored tournament, which was the first one he attended, and had a top 16 finish in the first Forge Watch invitational. Over the past decade he has invested a significant amount of time and resources learning the ins and outs of games like the Wizards of the Coast Star Wars TCG, Decipher’s Lord of the Rings CCG, and Redemption by Cactus Game Design. He has also played a smattering of Decipher’s Star Trek CCG, the Pokemon TCG, Duel Masters, and Yu-Gi-Oh.

One comment

  1. One I would disagree with is the shardplate delver. If you are going to give the ashurian mystic a 3, I think the shardplate should get at least a 3. It can get big fast, and is much harder to counter than the mystic, seeing as only death counters its growth.

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