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JOU Spoiler Spotlight: Nyx-Fleece Ram

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I'm certainly not highlighting a flashy card today. In fact, it's as wooly as they come. In fact, it's a sheep.

Actually, I suppose that makes me a sheep-ist or something, because it's not really a sheep. It's a ram. A big, strong Ram.

That's also an 0/5.

Not, I repeat, NOT a Sheep. A ram.
Not, I repeat, NOT a Sheep. A ram.

Why am I talking about this card? On the surface, it definitely looks like something you'd pass over. But I'm pretty sure it's not. Right now the Esper decks have a few flex spots that typically go to Azorius Charm to help them in the first few turns against Aggro. Well, I can't think of a better way to slow down Aggro decks than to toss a sheep Ram out there on Turn 2. The blocking is relevant, the lifegain is real, and if they use a card to kill it you're really happy.

Of course, there are several decks where it's actually just very bad. Doesn't help against Mono-Black and is smaller than most of the Monsters. Not to mention it's horrendous in the Control mirror. This seems to relegate it to sideboard play, where I think it will find a nice home.

The conclusion? Don't leave these in your draft leftovers, because it's possible you're going to need them in some capacity at some point.

Corbin Hosler

Corbin Hosler is a journalist living in Norman, Oklahoma (also known as the hotbed of Magic). He started playing in Shadowmoor and chased the Pro Tour dream for a few years, culminating in a Star City Games Legacy Open finals appearance in 2011 before deciding to turn to trading and speculation full-time. He writes weekly at QuietSpeculation.com and biweekly for LegitMTG. He also cohosts Brainstorm Brewery, the only financial podcast on the net. He can best be reached @Chosler88 on Twitter.

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