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Top 10 New MTG Cards of 2016

#3 - Emrakul, the Promised End
- Eldritch Moon

Reviewed Dec. 28, 2016

Constructed: 4.25
Casual: 5.00
Limited: 4.75
Multiplayer: 3.88
Commander [EDH]: 4.00

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David Fanany

Player since 1995

Emrakul, the Promised End
 
As the Gatherer page for Emrakul notes, the maximum discount you can get on casting her is 8. Since not everyone has has tribal-type cards from older sets, and planeswalkers are sometimes hard to get a hold of, you'll usually be looking at casting her for around 8 mana. That's not unachievable at all in the right deck, even without access to out-of-print mana cards like Birds of Paradise or Ravnica's Signets, and probably a fair price for what you get. Most commonly-played removal spells are instants (flexibility having once been everything for designers of such spells), and although it'll feel strange when she gets taken out by something like Sever the Bloodline, it'll be more than balanced out by the time your opponent basically folds on the spot. Just be careful what you make your opponent do during the turn you control if you want to play with them again!
 
Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 5/5
Limited: 5/5
Multiplayer: 4/5
EDH/Commander: 4/5
James H.

Emrakul, the Promised End (12/28)

 

Overall rank: 3

My rank: 8

 

In the end, as in the beginning, there were tentacles.

 

Emrakul might seem less exciting and soul-crushing than her previous iteration, but this one is still extremely absurd. A 13/13 that's impervious to most instant-speed removal, that hits your opponent with Mindslaver, and that also never costs its full sticker price is the recipe for a very dangerous, format-bending card. Especially with some of the fun toys that have come since, like Aetherworks Marvel.

 

The dearth of good graveyard hate is what's made Emrakul especially egregious, though one could argue she would be potent even with specialized hate. She's almost never full price, and she's always worth the price of admission.

 

Constructed: 4.5

Casual: 5

Limited: 4.5

Multiplayer: 3.75

Commander: 4


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