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Darksteel Colossus 
Darksteel Rare

Reviewed February 6, 2004

Constructed: 2.3
Casual: 4
Limited: 2.7

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* game store owner in CA,

Oh yeah. Boys and Girls, can you say, "Crazy in Casual?"  This is the big dog of the Darksteel set.  Add to his largeness the fact that he is indestructible, and you have one colossal colossus.   This creature is already being ordered like crazy from us, as casual players have found their latest and greatest fattie in Darksteel Colossus.

In limited, it's colorless and if you can grab some acceleration for your deck, this guy is a must play. If you end up in a stand off, he will be the deciding factor if he hits the board.

Constructed: 3
Casual: 5
Limited: 4.75
Current Price: $12

Judge Bill

*Level 2
MTG Judge

*game store employee

Darksteel Colossus
The fatty of Darksteel. You can't reanimate this, but the 11 mana is easy to get to for an Urzatron deck. You won't want more than a couple, but you'll play the couple and like it.
This card just screams casual. 11 mana is nothing in casual, and being indestructible is a big boon. You'll still have stuff like Swords to Plowshares, but a lot of the removal is useless against this guy.
In limited, he's fat, and he doesn't die. You play him.
Constructed: 3.5
Casual: 4.75
Limited: 5


* game store owner (The Game Closet - Waco,TX)

* pro tour player

 Darksteel Colossus

In theory this guy is a huge beatstick that will never die. In reality, that isn't the case. It's that simple. It's got a high casting cost and it just kind of awkward in most decks.

Casual players will want as many of these that they can get their hands on. In limited, I would shy away from this card unless I had a ton of mana production.

Constructed: 1.5
Casual: 4.9
Limited: 1.5

Jeff Zand

5 Time Pro Tour

Level 2 Judge

 Darksteel Colossus
Eleven power and toughness for eleven mana with trample, with no special downside regarding attacking or untapping, the Colossus is ALREADY good enough. Making him INDESTRUCTIBLE and putting him back in your deck whenever he WOULD have gone to the graveyard is just sick. Before I get too carried away, let’s remember that the Colossus costs eleven, which is more mana than most decks are ever going to have available to them in an average game.
However, this is still a very good card. In limited, IF you can figure out a way to get him into play, this card does much MORE to win the game for you than a similar card, Platinum Angel, did in Mirrodin. In Limited, if you DO happen to sacrifice the big guy, he pops back into your library. What kind of library will you have in a limited match at the point in the game where the Colossus could be played? A very thin library, maybe a dozen cards or less. Imagine a stall strategy with Colossus, lots of cards to help you stay alive, and some sort of mechanism to sacrifice the Colossus to… You could sac and draw the Colossus several times while your opponent runs out of cards and loses the game. Weird.
In constructed, the Colossus only matters if you can build a deck around him, figuring out a way to either generate CRAZY amounts of mana. Darksteel Colossus as a win condition in mono black Extrapolar Lens decks (of course the Lens is good in any color). Obviously, the Colossus was given his graveyard-defying ability in order to keep him out of the deck that WOULD have made the most sense for him, the Reanimator decks.


 Van Zandt

 Darksteel Colossus

Hi, you're too expensive. and Indestructible is just "0: regenerate". So your use is the same as the Serra Avatar... an anti-decking card. Maybe with leveller, lol.
constructed 2.5
casual 3.6
limited 2.2

Ray "Monk"
*DCI Tournament Organizer
*Game Store Owner (Gamer's Edge)
Darksteel Colossus

Seriously, who doesn’t want to Tinker this bad boy out on turn 2. In limited, this guy is virtually unplayable. Who has 11 Mana? But in constructed, oh my, There’s Tinker and … hurmm, uh, mana acceleration, and uhm…. Ok, so maybe this guy won’t see a lot of constructed tournament play. He’ll still be a staple for casual decks because he’s just way too fun to not play.

Casual: 5
Constructed: 2
Limited: 1

* Level 1 DCI Judge

*game store employee

* gaming for over 15 years

 Friday-Darksteel Colossus

Well in every set you get one creature that is just a monster. This appears to be the big bad of Darksteel. I don’t consider him the best creature in Darkstell by any means. He has a lot of good advantages in that he is indestructible and has trample but his high casting cost makes him very hard to get into play. I can see him making it into decks that can cheat him into play with cards like Tooth and Nail or Elvish Piper. In constructed I don’t see him being played but he could easily find a place in casual decks.

Constructed 2.5
Casual 3
Limited 2.5


2 Grand Prix Top 8's

Multiple Pro Tour appearances

 Darksteel Colossus

I don’t have much of anything to say about this. Really. He’s 11/11. He’s Indestructible (note keyword). He gets shuffled back into your library from anywhere. What are you supposed to say about this guy? “He looks like he’s got some exhaust problems, send him to the Monster Garage and see what they can do!”

Other than looking really cool, he just doesn’t seem to have a purpose in Standard, and that whole, “Shuffle him back into your library,” gig is already taken care of by Serra Avatar in every other environment. I’m sure that someone will come up with a use for this guy…

In limited, he costs 11. End of line.

In casual play, he costs 11 and is really neat looking with some cool abilities; if you don’t have Serra Avatar handy, this guy’ll do in a pinch. In Mental Magic, he makes a very nice land.

Constructed: 1.75
Limited: 1.5
Casual: 2.5
Chase  Darksteel Colossus

Oh jeez, I might actually want to review this card. It’s much easier than my other reviews.

In Constructed, Casual and Limited, Mr. Colossus says: “Hello. I cost 11 mana. I win the game if you cast me. I’m also one of few Indestructible creatures alive!”

Unfortunately, You can’t even use him effectively in Reanimator as you lose half of your life. Reyanimator anyone? Ha, ha, ha. He will get played by inexperienced players in Constructed for his first month just like Phage. Then people will discover that there are better cards than Mr. Colossus and then move on with life trying to discover what the “Affinity” mechanic is. Oh joy.

In Limited, just pick him. Even if you don’t plan on casting him, still take him as you don’t want someone else to be casting him on you.

Don’t even ask about Casual, I’ll let you take a wild guess.

Constructed: 1
Casual: no one will ever know
Limited: 5

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