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Top 10 Cards of 2012

Falkenrath Aristocrat
- Dark Ascension

Reviewed December 20, 2012

Constructed: 4.33
Casual: 4.17
Limited: 4.33
Multiplayer: 4.33

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Falkenrath Aristocrat

Forget the whole "if it's a Human" part. This is a four-power flyer with haste for four mana. Anyone out there remember Skyknight Legionnaire? How it was one of the Boros' most aggressive creatures and it headlined in just about every Boros deck worth playing? Imagine if it had four power instead of two, for one more mana. This thing is practically as tough as a Dragon, and haste means your opponent is almost always taking at least one hit from it as they weren't expecting to block it.

Then we get into its activated ability. You can sacrifice another creature to make the Aristocrat indestructible. One toughness is pretty much the only weakness this thing has, and you can sack a creature to laugh it off. And if that creature was a Human? Well, now you have a 5/2 flyer with haste. If you've got Humans when you cast this thing, it could easily be a 7/4 hasted flyer for four mana out of nowhere, depending on how many of your creatures you're willing to sack. That kind of "out of nowhere" damage makes this thing an incredibly powerful force.

Constructed- 4.5
Casual- 4
Limited- 4.5
Multiplayer- 4
Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

The number seven card of the year is Falkenrath Aristocrat which is a four mana Red and Black 4/1 with Flying, Haste, and can become indestructible for a turn by sacrificing a creature with a +1/+1 counter gained if that creature was human.  While this is a very aggressive card it really needs support to either increase the low toughness or a supply of tokens to keep it viable.  There are thirty-six Red or Black humans in Standard currently which may sound like a large pool to choose from, but eleven of them cost four mana or more which makes them a poor sacrifice choice.  A variety of designs can still be made with a human theme, a vampire theme, a blending of the two or adding a third color.
  In any build it is likely to do some damage and be worth playing, though getting the most out of the Aristocrat while managing the battlefield takes some effort.
For Limited the low toughness and two color casting cost are noticeable drawbacks, but Red/Black works well and even one successful attack is enough value.  Haste and Flying are a solid combination and being able to keep it in play against most removal options can be difficult for an opponent to deal with if they lack Flying to block.  Even with a few flaws it is a good first pick in Booster which can be supported through later choices and the natural synergy with Red and Black in this set should be viable in most Sealed pools as well.
Constructed: 3.5
Casual: 3.5
Limited: 3.5
Multiplayer: 3.5

Falkenrath Aristocrat Card of the Day
John Shultis
     Welcome back to the Pojo.com card of the day section. We have been looking at the Top 10 cards of 2012. We look today at number six, Falkenrath Aristocrat from Dark Ascension. Falkenrath Aristocrat is a mythic rare creature vampire that costs two generic mana, one red and one black mana. Falkenrath Aristocrat is a 4/1 flying, haste that has the ability sacrifice a creature: Falkenrath Aristocrat is indestructible this turn. If the sacrificed creature was human, Falkenrath Aristocrat gets a +1/+1 counter. 

     Falkenrath Aristocrat summed up the state of things on Innistrad, and made for one of the best cards to come out of the set. While when the set first released, people had their attention on cards like Olivia Voldaren, and Stromkirk Noble, it was the Aristocrat that would eventually make it's mark. 

     The vast combinations that people were coming up with were as varied as the different humans being ingested by the Aristocrat. And the Aristocrat is still a deck staple for some of the most competitive decks today. It will truly be a shame when the Falkenrath Aristocrat rotates out, but at least she gets to enjoy the company of Rakdos for awhile. 
Limited: 5/5
Constructed: 5/5
Casual: 5/5
Multiplayer: 5/5

Paul had this at #3 on his Top 10 List

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