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Hythonia the Cruel
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Hythonia the Cruel
- Theros

Reviewed October 23, 2013

Constructed: 2.88
Casual: 3.94
Limited: 4.38
Multiplayer: 4.00

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Hythonia the Cruel

It's a solid-sized beatstick that also kills everything else on the board. When you go monstrous, and the only creature left is your 7/9, you're going to win. Your opponent knows this, and will do everything in his power to eliminate Hythonia before you can activate her ability. The biggest weakness of Monstrosity is that the costs are all so high, it's nearly impossible to cast a Monster and upgrade it in the same turn-- you have to wait, and give your opponent time to draw a kill spell.

But even un-monstrous, Hythonia isn't bad. Big enough to make a name for herself on the battlefield, plus deathtouch and the threat of what's to come to shake an opponent up? You need a fairly slow deck to take full advantage, but it's powerful, no doubt.

Constructed- 3.5
Casual- 4.75
Limited- 4.95
Multiplayer- 4.95

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Hythonia the Cruel

Some might look at this card and see an expensive monstrosity ability, and deathtouch on a creature that can kill lots of things anyway. I look at this card and see an instant-speed Damnation and a creature that can almost never be killed in combat. You rarely get the latter and never get the former. And she even encourages you to build around a theme!

Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 5/5
Multiplayer: 4/5

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Hythonia the Cruel which is a six mana Black
4/6 Legendary with Deathtouch and Monstrosity 3 for eight mana that also destroys all non-Gorgon creatures when activated. The initial mana cost is a bit too high for most Constructed formats and the eight for Monstrosity goes even further for an effect that is fairly restrictive in its benefits. There aren't many gorgons and even just having this in play is not quite enough to justify the expense involved. Overall this just isn't likely to see much play and the few decks including it will likely be Commander instead of Standard or other formats.

In Limited a six mana 4/6 with Deathtouch is difficult for an opponent to deal with and the mana cost is quite manageable in the format. The Monstrosity can be a serious threat and if stalling for one turn with it is possible it is an excellent two turn topdeck in the later stages of the game. The potential makes this a worthwhile first pick in Booster and an easy choice to include when running Black in Sealed.

Constructed: 3.0
Casual: 3.0
Limited: 4.0
Multiplayer: 3.0

Skid Rambo

Hythonia the Cruel has some very cool artwork, but that might be the only cool thing about this card. The ability to keep creatures while destroying all of your opponents is usually amazing! Not this time though. I’m sorry, but 14 mana to destroy all non-gorgon creatures is too expensive for me. Throw in the fact that the opponent gets a chance to see the monstrous ability coming and you no longer have the advantage. Yes, I understand that you can get a 4/6 creature with death touch and then a 7/9 afterwards. I feel like there are better options out there for destroying creatures. Hythonia the Cruel might be a big game winner in Limited play because of the “limited” options. Maybe this card is a hidden bomb. Anything is possible when you have Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx.

Constructed: 2
Casual: 3
Limited: 3.5
Multiplayer: 3.5

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