Das Auge des Löwen

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Aus dem Nichts heraus

Als Das Auge des Löwen im Oktober 1996 in Mirage erschien, war die Community schwer enttäuscht. Wizards of the Coast hatte sich einen Spaß erlaubt, als sie ankündigten, ein Null-Mana-Artefakt zu drucken, das drei beliebige Mana erzeugen könnte. Bis zur Veröffentlichung der Karte hatten viele gehofft, dass es eine Wiederauflage von Black Lotus (oder wenigstens eine ähnliche Karte) geben wird.

In der Höhle des Löwen

Der Umstand, dass man seine komplette Hand abwerfen muss, um drei Mana zu erzeugen, hat Das Auge des Löwen in den Augen vieler Spieler zu einer Schrottrare degradiert – ein geschmackloser Witz. Kreative Deckbauer haben die Karte aber nicht aufgegeben und eine Nische für sie gefunden. Zusammen mit ihrer Position auf der Reserved List, hat sie so über die Jahre hinweg einen langsamen, aber stetigen Preisanstieg vollzogen.

Erst zwei Jahrzehnte später kam es zu einer plötzlichen Preisexplosion. Binnen weniger Wochen in 2016 verdoppelte sich der Wert der Karte. Im selben Jahr kam es erneut zu einem kleinen Anstieg, bevor der Preis wieder einbrach, sich stabilisierte und anschließend langsam sank. Zwei Jahre später dann erneut ein plötzlicher Anstieg, bei dem sich der Wert der Karte letztlich verdreifachte. Ohne die Aussicht auf einen Reprint ist davon auszugehen, dass der Preis langfristig weiter steigen wird.

Der graue Lotus

Das Auge des Löwen ist allein aufgrund seiner Timing-Regeln eine einzigartige Karte. Nicht nur muss man das passende Deck drum herum bauen, man muss auch wissen, wie genau die Karte funktioniert. Im richtigen Deck ist die Karte dafür dann nicht nur genauso stark wie ein schwarzer Lotus, sondern potentiell sogar stärker.

Der Originaltext der Karte ist: „Sacrifice Das Auge des Löwen, Discard your hand: Add three mana of any one color to your mana pool. Play this ability as a mana source.“ Der aktuelle Errata-Text lautet: „Discard your hand, Sacrifice Das Auge des Löwen: Add three mana of any one color. Activate this ability only any time you could cast an instant.

Die Änderung hat zur Folge, dass Das Auge des Löwen nicht dazu genutzt werden kann, um im üblichen Sinne Sprüche von der Hand zu wirken. Aber auch wenn seine Fähigkeit nur noch aktiviert werden kann, wenn auch Spontanzauber erlaubt sind, ist es immer noch eine Manafähigkeit, die sofort verrechnet wird – selbst wenn anschließend noch andere Effekte auf den Stack gelegt werden.

Wenn sich so Wahnsinn anfühlt, dann will ich nicht vernünftig sein

Eine Variante, Das Auge des Löwen zu spielen, ist es, einen Tutor-Effekt zu wirken, Priorität zu behalten und dann Das Auge des Löwen zu aktivieren. Dadurch erhält man das Mana, ohne die gesuchte Karte abwerfen zu müssen. Dies sieht man oft in Bomberman Decks. Dabei sucht man mit Karn, der Große Schöpfer Mycosynth-Gitter aus dem Sideboard und hat mit Das Auge des Löwen dann direkt die Hälfte des benötigten Manas zusammen. Bekommt man die restlichen Mana auch noch irgendwoher, ist es so möglich, sehr früh den Gegner direkt aus dem Spiel zu nehmen – dank Lattice und Karns statischer Fähigkeit. In friedhofbasierten Decks wie Dredge wird Das Auge des Löwen in Reaktion auf das Ziehen von Karten aktiviert, um Karten mit Dredge elegant von der Hand in den Friedhof zu befördern.

Das Auge des Löwen wird auch in Decks wie Legacy Storm gespielt, wo Vergangenheit in Flammen es einem erlaubt, mit dem erzeugten Mana die abgeworfenen Spontanzauber und Hexereien aus dem Friedhof zu wirken. In Vintage Storm lässt Yawgmoths Wille einen sogar Das Auge des Löwen selbst wieder wirken, um damit sechs Mana zu generieren. Dort ist die Karte aber auch restricted.

Ob es nun am Preis liegt oder andere Gründe hat, laut EDHREC findet man Das Auge des Löwen nur in etwa 1 % aller Commander-Decks wieder. Im kompetitiven Commander hat die Karte ihr Zuhause in Das Jüngste Gericht Decks gefunden. Wäre nicht der hohe Preis, würde man sie wahrscheinlich öfters sehen. Erst recht seit Commander 2019 und Merciless Rage: ein Deck, in dem sich dank Anje Falkenrath alles um Madness dreht. Das Auge des Löwen erzeugt nicht nur Mana, sondern lässt einen auch Karten abwerfen, die dann direkt für ihre Madness-Kosten gewirkt werden können.


Comments (9)

Yerodin666(12.06.2020 18:00)

Es gab Zeiten, da war das Grinning Totem mehr wert als diese Karte hier...

kirchi(08.05.2018 16:21)

Wird vermutlich wie bei allen anderen Karten gerade gleich sein. Ich denke das Leute wieder diesen buyout oder wie das heißt versuchen. Ist zurzeit so gut wie bei allen Karten der reserved Liste
Ist nur meine Vermutung

MTG-Hameln(06.05.2018 23:04)

Kann mir jemand erklären, warum LED gerade in der letzten Zeit im Preis so explodiert ist?

Ignorama(26.08.2017 21:35)

Black Lotus macht ebenfalls nur drei Mana EINER Farbe. Der einzige (und natürlich fürs Powerlevel/ die Verwendbarkeit entscheidende) Unterschied ist die Discard-Klausel, ansonsten sind LED und Lotus gleich.

Closed-Cardmarket-Account-46157(19.08.2017 17:21)

Sehe ich das richtig das ich damit "nur" drei mana EINER Farbe erzeugen kann und nicht drei mana einer beliebigen Kombination von Farben wie beim Schwarzen Lotus?

OutbreakOfEvil(19.07.2016 08:42)

Bin ich froh, dass ich Vintage spiele und somit nur 1 LED brauche, den ich mir angetauscht habe, als er nur 40€ kostete. Geniales Teil und der vermeintliche Nachteil lässt sich durch Aktivieren in Reaktion auf Draw7s oder YawgWin umgehen.

Ganymedical(14.07.2016 07:10)

Super Teil, Unersetzlich in diversen Decks! Ich weiß noch, dass ich irgendwann mal 2 Stück für jeweils 3,50 gekauft hab. vor... 10 Jahren oder so.

Closed-Cardmarket-Account-70350(24.08.2015 14:50)

Ich kann mich noch gut daran erinnern als die Karte nix wert war. Da hat ein Kollege von mir die Karte zerissen :)

Creel(10.05.2015 01:19)

Diese aktivierte Fähigkeit ist eine Manafähigkeit und kann z.B. nicht von Pithing Needle gestoppt werden.

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