Thursday, September 26, 2013

Theros EDH Set Review, Part 4: Red

Ah, the weakest color in Magic... I kid, I kid. Red does seem to get the shaft a lot, though. Let's hope this isn't one of those times.

Minotaur tribal, at last! Someone get to work making this, pronto! Lord knows I'm not gonna do it. I don't play bad decks.
So... that activated ability seems pretty awful when you consider that Moonveil Dragon is a card. However, that insane triggered ability is just redonkulous. Definitely gonna get some play in Rith. I think Mono-Red fans will be most pleased by this guy, but I can see him giving R/G decks some reach too. Animar would definitely play the hell out of this guy too.
This is certainly one of the sexiest Pyroclasm variants to come along in a long while... maybe ever. EDH isn't really a "weenie" driven format, and most real threats start at 4/4 or better, so this is going to seem downright lackluster when it just hits some Wood Elves and whatnot. Still, any card that can potentially exile multiple opposing creatures at once is definitely worth looking into. Oh, and it's definitely going into every Gisela deck out there. 
Did anyone else like Prometheus? I thought it had some issues, but overall was quite entertaining. That c-section scene with Noomi Rapace, though... .wow. That made me squirm uncomfortably in my seat. Not many movies can do that.
I have this idea for a R/W Heroic deck, for 60-card Magic, with Isochron Scepter and lots of cheap pump spells. Think it will work?
Lame. Who needs to hate on Red? It's already the worst color in EDH...  :)
Definitely viable for Mono-Red. Like many Devotion cards, it's going to be a dud sometimes, but in mono, it should be well worth 4 mana quite often, and sometimes it'll just be downright crazy how much damage you get out of this. Leaving behind a 4/2 isn't terrible either.
Seems kinda random, but the existence and popularity - no, the ubiquity of Consecrated Sphinx practically guarantees that this will see some play. The rest of the package isn't too shabby either. 
 Seems playable, but I'm not a fan. I have a feeling activating it's Monstrous ability will hurt you far worse that it will hurt the Green mages at the table.
Heroic bad.
 Jeez that some steep Bestow mana there. Totally weaksauce. Art is friggin sweet though.
 I don't usually do reprints in these reviews, and this one isn't all that great in EDH. Just wanted to share how much I love that new art. Love it. There, I shared.
SO MUCH DOWNSIDE! Everywhere you look, this thing is screwing you more than it is helping you. Then someone casts Blasphemous Act and you're almost happy taking the 13 just to see this thing gone and stop the bleeding.
Really good static, horrible activated. Worth it? I'm thinking, not usually. Red's already got Fervor and Urabrask, not to mention Ogre Battledriver and In the Web of War. Plus there's Fires of Yavimaya, and God knows what else. Just that whole "sac a land" thing... really seems to be a buzzkill.

Okay, that's about it, except for the Top 5 wrap-up.

5. Rageblood Shaman (on cool points alone)
4. Anger of the Gods
3. Fanatic of Mogis
2. Stormbreath Dragon
1. Purphoros, God of the Forge

Well, as usual, Red is rather unexciting overall, but it is thankfully not devoid of playables. A little disappointing, but it has fared worse in the past.

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