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Cataclysmic Gearhulk
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Cataclysmic Gearhulk
- Kaladesh

Reviewed Nov. 10, 2016

Constructed: 3.75
Casual: 4.25
Limited: 4.25
Multiplayer: 4.13
Commander [EDH]: 4.13

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David Fanany

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Cataclysmic Gearhulk
 
This style of destruction is perhaps not as blatantly strong as we're used to from old-school staples like Wrath of God and Obliterate, but it has a place and its own uses. How many decks do you really know that will consistently have the full four permanents in play after you cast Cataclysmic Gearhulk? Since you'll presumably be playing white, it's also scarily easy to break the symmetry and/or defend yourself against what your opponent does keep - think Tamiyo, Ghostly Prison, and Mystifying Maze.
 
Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 4/5
EDH/Commander: 4/5
James H. Cataclysmic Gearhulk
 
As the name might suggest, Cataclysmic Gearhulk is...well, a Cataclysm. It's pretty much a shot of the infamous Exodus board wipe, minus the ability to hit lands, which is probably "better" in that regard. In exchange for that (and the ability to let you keep planeswalkers), you get a 4/5 with vigilance, which is not too bad a deal.

I think Cataclysmic Gearhulk might be the Gearhulk with the hardest time finding a home, though. It's pretty much a board wipe, but white likes to try and go "wide" in building up a massive army to throw at them. If you are behind, though, it'll get you back into the game in a hurry, as you'd expect from clearing out their board. And it can then proceed to smash their face in (and ward off attempts by them to do the same, thanks to vigilance).
 
Constructed: 3.5
Casual: 4.5
Limited: 4.5
Multiplayer: 4.25
Commander: 4.25

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