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1U, Summon Atog 1/2, Visions Rare
Skip your next turn: Chronatog gets +3/+3 until end of turn. Use this ability only once each turn.

Pojo's Average Rating -
Constructed: 2.06
Limited: 1.50
Reviewed Dec. 18, 2001

Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale
1 being the worst.  3 ... average.  
5 is the highest rating.



This Atog might actually be the best of the Atogs.  This guy had his day in constructed play in Stasis decks.  Chronotog has a few good uses in constructed, but if he came around in limited, I would pass him up more than likely.  I wish I had more to say about him, but that's about it.

Constructed: 2.4
Limited: 1.0


Chronatog was only good in Stasis. And then it was not that good, as it could easily be killed by so many removal spells. There isn't much to say about this guy except that the artwork is sorta cool. 
Constructed - 1
Stasis Constructed - 3
Limited - 1


Limited **
Constructed *

I don't think even newbie kids ever played with this card!


Chronotog has basically served one purpose - support for Stasis. If a deck could get down and maintain a hard lock, such as Root Maze & Stasis, then Chronotog would be the support the deck needed to simply never take another turn, and thus, never have to pay for Stasis. Chronotog's power has never been as an attacking creature, but rather a way to give your opponent infinite turns, thus never paying for Stasis. The only question has been how viable is Chronotog in the Stasis deck. If you want my opinion, I'll tell you - quite viable. Honestly, if your opponent is not expecting to see this version, you can literally whip it out of nowhere and win with it.

Now, if an opponent is savvy enough, they can hold back some measure of burn to do in response to pumping the Chronotog, but that also assumes they can get the mana to burn with. If they can't, it's over for them. In limited, it's mostly trash. Possibly a kill card, but a very bad one at that. Usually a very late pick.

New Constructed: n/a
Old Constructed: 3.5
Constructed Potential: 4.5
Overall Constructed: 4.0

Limited: 2.0


Limited: *^ (1 1/2 Stars)
Constructed: **^ (2 1/2 Stars)

This guy is probably worse than the original Atog. The only deck I can think of him going into is Stasis. In draft, giving up your opponent two turns in a row raises the chances greatly of you getting killed. Simply put, try to trade these away to the first person that has an interest in them.


John B

Wow, a built-in Giant Growth effect, and all I have to do is skip a turn?! WHAT A DEAL! That's sarcasm, folks. Skipping a turn is an incredibly high price to pay for anything that's not going to win you the game soon, and a 4/5 is rarely going to win you the game in any reasonable amount of time, even if it only costs 2 mana to get into play. Now, when this card comes up I have to mention a deck I designed years ago that was rather humorous and actually worked in a couple of casual games. The idea was to get Stasis and Glacial Chasm into play, and Kismet if you could do it, then use Chronatog or Time Vault to skip every subsequent turn until your opponent managed to get around the combo. Unable to kill you, the average deck would just sit there until it decked itself. It's not in the least bit a powerful deck, though, so even in that extremely narrow usage Chronatog isn't very good, especially since Time Vault was better.

Constructed - 1/2 (.5)


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