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Emrakul, the Aeons Torn
Rise of the Eldrazi

Reviewed April 19, 2010

Constructed: 3.85
Casual: 4.00
Limited: 3.85
Multiplayer: 4.00

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David Fanany

Player since 1995

Emrakul, the Aeons Torn
The Eldrazi have risen, and the multiverse will never be the same again. Decks that revolve around getting a lot of mana have a new champion (or three). Show and Tell and Hypergenesis are scarier than ever. A lot of people are going to be ending matches with no cards in front of them. And writers like me might have to come up with a new system: how do you evaluate a creature with a converted mana cost of 15? I think for now, I'll start with:
Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 4/5

Magic The Gathering Card of the day: Emrakul, the Aeons Torn
Welcome back readers today’s card of the day kicks off our Rise of the Eldrazi. Emrakul like each other Eldrazi Is expensive, huge and powerful. For fifteen mana you get an uncounterable 15/15 creature with flying pro-colors and a time walk. Holy cow Eldrazi are magnificent. In standard I can predict a home for this guy as a finisher in a slower control deck with or without the Eldrazi lands. The abilities are possibly win more but on the other hand solid. In extended maybe in hypergeneis or other combo decks, you don’t get the cast effect but who needs it with a flying 15/15 nearly untargetable creature? In eternal I doubt this card will see much play but there is the possibility. In casual and multiplayer this card can make you a target or sweep through opponents like a hot knife through butter. Vigilance would help you play offensively but hey you can’t have everything on a creature.   In limited the probability to nab the Eldrazi lands and enough mana ramp to play most of these is slim to none. This guy may make an appearance and when he does your opponent will feel it.

Constructed: 3.5
Casual: 4.0
Limited: 3.0
Multiplayer: 4.0
Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Emrakul, the Aeons Torn which is a staggering
15/15 for fifteen mana, can't be countered, flying, protection from colored spells, and will force an opponent to sacrifice six permanents whenever it attacks. Many of the same tricks used to summon Progenitus will work here, but the take an extra turn effect for casting it will not be available. There are decks that can generate that much mana in a reasonable time period or use another card like Elvish Piper to play it, but it takes a fairly dedicated built to reliably get this into play.

Once on the battlefield though this card is almost impossible to stop without specific artifacts. In addition there are several cards in the set that check the converted mana cost and at fifteen mana this is among the highest ever printed.

For Limited the high cost is difficult to work with, but not impossible due to the number of options for playing Eldrazi Spawn tokens. With enough mana acceleration this is quite playable and likely a game-winning move and the format is extremely slow allowing enough time to play it. A first choice in booster draft if for no other reason than not letting someone else get it in addition to a major source of Eldrazi Spawn. Drafting several cards that produce tokens should then become a high priority. In Sealed if there is enough support this should probably be included in the deck as there is almost no chance of an opponent being able to handle this.

Constructed: 4.0
Casual: 4.0
Limited: 4.5
Multiplayer: 4.0

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