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Tymaret, the Murder King
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Tymaret, the Murder King
- Theros

Reviewed December 3, 2013

Constructed: xx
Casual: xx
Limited: xx
Multiplayer: xx

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Tymaret, the Murder King

On his own, he's not much. You really need an ample supply of creature tokens to pull this off, and a decent supply of mana. At his worst, he lets you fling creatures at your opponent for 2 damage each. This can be good if your creatures are going to die in combat or are getting Sip of Hemlock or Pharika's Cure aimed at them a lot-- sacking in response cancels out the additional effect on those cards, and lets you sneak in extra damage where you can. If you had a token-making engine, and lots of red mana, it could double as a win condition where your tokens can't punch through, but I feel like usually it'd be easier to just swing.

The fact that he can return from the graveyard by taking someone else down with him is nice insurance, but it still raises the question of what you do when you run out of creatures. If you can't keep the board well stocked, Tymaret is just a 2/2. What are you willing to sacrifice to get a 2/2 back?

If you can go infinite with this somehow, or if you want something to do with all your Reassembling Skeletons and Grixis Unearth creatures, then give Tymaret a shot. But I'd be happier about running the Murder King if it wasn't MY creatures he was so keen on murdering.

Constructed- 2
Casual- 3
Limited- 1.5
Multiplayer- 2

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Tymaret, the Murder King
The title "Murder King" is easily one of the best I've ever seen on a Magic card. Frankly, I'd just about play this card only for that. The fact that Tymaret reminds me very much of Pyre Zombie from Invasion and simply won't stay dead and wipes out creatures and wipes out opponents and combos with like every card in black and red is just a bonus. A large bonus, mind you.
Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 4/5
Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Tymaret, the Murder King which is a two mana Black and Red 2/2 Legendary with a one and Red effect to sacrifice another creature to deal two damage to target player or one and a Black to sacrifice a creature to return Tymaret from the graveyard to your hand.  The first effect is a possible finisher, particularly when combined with creatures that benefit from being sacrificed, but only working as burn and not removal is very restrictive.  The situations where sacrificing creatures is the best way to deal damage and the mana is available to do so aren't likely to be very frequent barring a very specific deck design.  The second effect effectively exchanges a creature in play for Tymaret at a cost of four mana, which again is quite decent if combined with the right target and thematically supports a self sacrifice build. Overall this is a card that works best in a very dedicated build whether it is sacrificial in nature or a combo centered around the two damage being dealt by Tymaret itself, which will likely keep it from appearing often competitively.
In Limited this works well as a response to removal while in play or in the graveyard and as a two mana 2/2 is at least a bear in the worst case scenario, though a multicolor one.  The two colors, particularly at two mana, can prevent it from entering play early which is less of a drawback as mana is also needed to make use of the effects.  As a potential finisher and response to other cards it is worth including in Sealed if running Black and Red or splashing, though it is too situational to justify that combination alone.  For Booster it is a weaker first pick as both multicolor and less likely to provide an advantage, though if running both colors anyway there is no real reason not to draft it when available.
Constructed: 3.0
Casual: 3.0
Limited: 3.0
Multiplayer: 3.0

Skid Rambo

Tymaret, the Murder King

Who doesn’t like a dude with the word Murder in his name? This King will gladly sacrifice his peeps to kill your opponents. The coolness aside, Tymaret the Murder King has some value.  His power & toughness  2/2 match the mana cost. ($) He can be a threat on the board or in the graveyard. ($) Tyramet, the Murder King works well with creatures that like to die, including your opponents’ creatures. ($) Enough about the value! Let’s talk about this King’s place in the MTG world. Tymaret, the Murder King is poor, out of work and living at a homeless shelter. All that he wants is to find a home where he can murder and be joyous!  Could it be your deck?
Constructed: 3
Casual: 4
Limited: 3.5
Multiplayer: 3

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