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Polukranos, World Eater
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Polukranos, World Eater
- Theros

Reviewed November 6, 2013

Constructed: 4.00
Casual: 4.25
Limited: 5.00
Multiplayer: 4.07

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Polukranos, World Eater

He starts out of the gate as a 5/5 for four mana, so it's hard to complain about that. His monstrous ability is a strong one indeed, since it's an X ability and gets stronger with more mana AND can be used to kill creatures-- possibly several creatures at once. The downside is that those creatures deal their power in damage back to Polukranos, so going monstrous may grant you an enormous Hydra on a suddenly-empty field, or it may "just" be a way to sacrifice Polukranos to get a few more annoyances out of the way. In addition, Polukranos isn't dealing his full power in damage, only X damage-- the amount by which his power is increasing. That means he has an additional 5 toughness to absorb the incoming damage, but also that he isn't taking out as many creatures as you might think.

Then there's the psychological downside-- the constant concern of X spells. Do you use it now, or do you wait until you have more mana for an even better payoff? A creature can only become monstrous once, after all! And with a cost of XXG, the payoff might be underwhelming no matter how long you wait, since you're getting a value for X of only half of the mana you put in. But reliable creature kill in green outside of combat, with a body to go with it, plus a way to directly turn mana into fat on the board, will always get played. It just always will.

Constructed- 3.5
Casual- 4.5
Limited- 4.9
Multiplayer- 4.25

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Polukranos, World Eater
Polukranos was the centerpiece of the monster-themed deck in the most recent Duel Decks, and for good reason. With enough mana, you can take out entire armies of hoplites or knights as easily as a huge dragon; and since you're in green, you probably have more than enough mana. He's also an ideal creature to interact with something like Corpsejack Menace or Doubling Season, and can be followed with good effect by something like Crowned Ceratok or Volt Charge. There's very little not to like about this guy.
Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 5/5
Multiplayer: 4/5
Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Polukranos, World eater which is a four mana Green 5/5 with Monstrosity for two X and one Green that allows you to divide X damage as you choose between any number of target creatures your opponents control and each of them deals damage equal to the power to the World Eater. A four mana 5/5 is ahead of the curve and with one more mana than the casting cost it can destroy four toughness of creatures on the next turn then attack with seven power and three toughness to spare. Combined with Deathtouch, Trample, or evasive effects this is a very effective threat and source of removal which is a key benefit to a Green deck. Overall this is a solid and aggressively costed card that is easily supported by the cards already popular in acceleration and big creature themes which should make it a noticeable presence in many formats.

In Limited this is a game winning bomb that is a threat just as a 5/5 and a battlefield shattering force when Monstrosity is used. A very easy first pick in Booster and in almost no scenario should this be passed as it will win games and does not have high enough color dedication to prevent a late pack switch to play it. In Sealed the Green pool would have to be quite poor to not want to include this and aside from the double Green in the initial casting cost, a factor not present in the easy to manage Monstrosity, it is only weakened by the lack of other effects.

Constructed: 4.0
Casual: 4.0
Limited: 5.0
Multiplayer: 4.0

Skid Rambo

Polukranos, World Eater sounds like something out of a comic book, not a green creature from the Magic World. That is the only knock that I have against this Hydra. Polukranos is a creature that be a simple 5/5 face beater or a board wiping beast! Don’t let the Legendary tag turn you away. Polukranos, World Eater is meant to take one for the team and come back for more. This is a fantastic green creature that can be useful in any format. All of you mono green players out there have a new removal card at your disposal. Just be careful what you eat with Polukronos. Deathtouch can give him some wicked indigestion!

Constructed: 4.5
Casual: 4.5
Limited: 5
Multiplayer: 4

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