When this guy was released, i don't recall ANYONE playing Avens. Though, with the Innistrad block, there are a lot of viable Clerics out there, one could use this guy for some recursion... though 2/2 for 5 is a deterant
Wouldn't hate a White Elemental Blast. Kills black permanents which is something that white does in those days of design with Exorcist and Northern Paladin and counters black spells which would most of the time would be a kill spell which white would thematically do as a form of protection.
I like him. Early game multilplayer you just find the player with no blockers or only mana dorks or other 1/1's. Even 2/2's. That 3 toughness probably helps more than it looks. Are they really going to chump with a mana dork to stop you getting a land?
Not exactly busted but it still helps you get your land drops for bigger better plays by Turn 5 onwards.