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Atraxa, Praetors' Voice
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Atraxa, Praetor's Voice
- Commander 2016

Reviewed Nov. 30, 2016

Constructed: 2.67
Casual: 4.50
Multiplayer: 4.00
Commander [EDH]: 4.25

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David Fanany

Player since 1995

Atraxa, Praetor's Voice
 
It's too bad this card doesn't have flavor text, because it clearly has a story to tell. The one time that returning to a plane would actually add something meaningful to the story, we just get a one-shot! Still, that doesn't really take anything away from Atraxa herself. In addition to awakening many people's nightmares of New Phyrexia, she does the "unkillable angel" thing almost as well as her predecessors Akroma and Pristine Angel. The fact that she uses proliferate rather than infect means that she's not just a good endgame for poison-based decks, but for any of the common strategies that use counters of various kinds, from planeswalker-based control to Thallids. 
 
Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 4/5
Multiplayer: 4/5
EDH/Commander: 4/5
James H. Atraxa, Praetor's Voice (11/30)
 
Proliferate is a very dangerous ability, especially if it's repeatable, and Atraxa certainly is dangerous. Being able to tick all your planeswalkers up is rather nasty, as is giving out more +1/+1 (or -1/-1) counters…and if you're the horrible person who tries to poison everyone to death, this poisons them to death even faster! Being able to proliferate every turn, indeed, is a scary prospect, and Atraxa makes it likely you’ll get this at least once.
 
She’s also dangerous in combat, killing almost anything she does battle with and gaining you crazy amounts of life in the process. She's very dangerous on offense, and she's even able to help you on defense. Out of the five four-color commanders, she's either the best one or second-best one by a comfortable margin, and she’ll be a massive threat at every table.
 
Constructed: 2.25
Casual: 5
Multiplayer: 4
Commander: 4.5

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