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CardName: Good Samalidan Cost: 1w Type: Creature - Human Cleric Pow/Tgh: 2/2 Rules Text: {W}, {T}: Prevent the next 2 damage that would be dealt to you this turn. You gain 2 life. Flavour Text: Set/Rarity: Empires of Camadoon Uncommon

Good Samalidan
{1}{w}
 
 U 
Creature – Human Cleric
{w}, {t}: Prevent the next 2 damage that would be dealt to you this turn. You gain 2 life.
2/2
Updated on 7 Oct 2019 by Froggychum

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2018-07-01 15:21:12: Froggychum created the card Good Samalidan
2018-07-01 15:21:19: Froggychum edited Good Samalidan
2018-07-04 16:51:34: Froggychum edited Good Samalidan

Not a common?

Huh; my instinct for this is uncommon - but the history of magic suggests Samite abilities are either common or rare. Who knew?

The thing is "history" is full of mistakes that you are supposed to learn from - you might have heard about those who don't being "doomed to repeat" those mistakes.

In this case your instingt may be right: Repeatable instant-speed damage prevention and similar effects at common are problematic. The common Samite Healer from "history" has become Abuna Acolyte at uncommon. (Note: This doesn't affect the more simple versions that only prevent damage to players e. g. Reinforced Bulwark.)

Even in "history" the fact that this prevents all damage rather than just 1 or 2 points of damage would cause a rarity upgrade for this.

I could see arguments being made for rare based on the fact that this is an outstanding blocker and the power of 2 helps better to exploit using the ability to protect itself than e. g. a 1/1 body would. Also invalidating all damage from someone whose deck relies entirely on combat damage to deal with planeswalkers is a point in favor of rare. That would be different if it affected only one source of damage.

2018-07-05 17:23:49: Froggychum edited Good Samalidan
2019-05-23 17:50:33: Froggychum edited Good Samalidan
2019-06-16 22:07:06: Froggychum edited Good Samalidan
2019-10-07 20:42:25: Froggychum edited Good Samalidan

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