Quote from Breathe1234 »Quote from Patrunkenphat7 »How has this card played for everyone? On the surface it looks like a boring card not worth a slot, but it also seems like exactly what I’d want to draft in most green ramp/midrange decks.
The problem with SCD discussion is not "is this good enough for cube" but can it make it into these higher competitive slots.
I been on the record for saying that Kodama's Reach is actually an incredibly bad card in cube - its one of the last filler cards I have in my cube to help round out the archetypes. 3 mana for 1 acceleration, in green is a horrible rate. I been wanting to remove it for some time.
Three years ago, you wanted cards that could fit in a variety of decks (including today), but the problem is some cards have very efficient cards such as Oko, Thief of Crowns, Skyclave Apparition, Shatterskull Smashing, Seasoned Pyromancer, Rankle, Master of Pranks that is essentially strong in 80% of decks in those colors and fills the engine roles of discard outlets, removal, artifact density, flicker targets etc. that the you need less of these "jack of all trait" cards and more hyper efficient archetype cards to compete.
I generally agree with this and am also lower on Kodama’s Reach / Cultivate than most people here. I would not be happy with those cards being in my Cube these days, even at 720. Llanowar Visionary, however, does two things better and one worse. 2/2 in play with the mana ability is better than a basic land. Drawing a random card is better than tutoring for a basic land. Obviously Llanowar doesn’t have the awesome fixing, and that’s where it’s worse.
But it is somewhat unfair to compare to cards like Oko which is a slam first pick. We’re talking about Llanowar as an 85th green card in a 720. I’m on the edge though.