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Ponyback Brigade
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 Ponyback Brigade
- Khans of Tarkir

Reviewed Nov. 12, 2014

Constructed: 2.37
Casual: 2.67
Limited: 3.37
Multiplayer: 2.88

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David Fanany

Player since 1995

Ponyback Brigade
I'm surprised the creative team sanctioned the use of the word "pony" in a Magic card. I'm surprised they thought it was "badass" enough. (That word has, in some of Mark Rosewater's articles and discussions, been a red flag to certain of Magic's art aficionados, especially fans of Rebecca Guay and Terese Nielsen.) I'm also surprised that this card has the "enters the battlefield or is turned face up" template, unlike some other morph creatures with triggers in Khans of Tarkir. It definitely seems abusable, but perhaps they thought it would be less frustrating than the ability to repeatedly bounce all tapped creatures. That may be true, but it's equally as good at winning the game. You may as well take advantage of it.
Constructed: 2/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 3/5
Multiplayer: 3/5
Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Ponyback Brigade which is a six mana Red, White, and Black 2/2 with Morph for five that when it is turned face up or enters play it puts three 1/1 Red goblin tokens into play. This is an almost strictly worse Siege Gang Commander and outside of possibly a very goblin token heavy Commander deck really shouldn't see much play. 

The mana cost is high even for five power and toughness spread out over four creatures and Hordeling Outburst is an uncommon in the same set which is more efficient.
For Limited this is decent for the field presence in Sealed if already using the colors, or splashing the third, but it is a little weak for the mana cost and triple color requirement even with four creatures put into play.  It is also quite playable in Booster, but is a difficult first pick as it ties up a high mana curve slot plus locks you into colors.
Constructed: 2.5
Casual: 2.5
Limited: 3.5
Multiplayer: 2.5


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Ponyback Brigade
For six mana, I usually want to see more than a 2/2 and three 1/1's. There will be times when the crowd of small creatures will be what you need, but outside of limited, there are a lot better ways to start your weenie horde. 
If you are drafting or playing sealed, however, it is a different story. Putting 4 creatures on the battlefield is a pretty big deal. The fact that you can also play him as a morph provides more versatility.
Constructed: 2.5
Casual: 2.5
Limited: 3.5
Multiplayer: 3.0

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