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Butcher of the Horde
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 Butcher of the Horde
- Khans of Tarkir

Reviewed Oct. 8, 2014

Constructed: 3.83
Casual: 4.00
Limited: 4.38
Multiplayer: 3.67

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Butcher of the Horde

It's an efficiently-costed five-power flyer. In a set with cards like this, who cares that there's no Dragons? I also like that it always has flying, but has an option to gain one of three other keywords (or all three, if you've got enough expendable creatures in play). The fact that haste is one of those abilities means that this could be a surprise 5 damage... and a surprise 5 life gained for you if you sack another creature for lifelink. Lifelink is probably going to be the most-used ability, since it's the only one that is relevant if gained AFTER blockers are declared, and sacrificing creatures that chump blocked or fell victim to combat tricks is probably going to be the Butcher's best trick. I'm just sorry he isn't a legend: he'd make a great Commander.

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

Today's card of the day is Butcher of the Horde which is a four mana Red, White, and Black 5/4 with Flying that for the cost of a creature sacrifice gains your choice of Vigilance, Lifelink, or Haste.  The situational versatility offers some nice options, but the sacrifice is generally very inefficient compared to the other evasive choices each of the three colors ahve that are available at a similar plus less specific mana cost.  Overall even though this is a four mana 5/4 evasive, the three color mana cost will keep this almost exclusively to Commander builds and it is unlikely to see play in many other settings.
In Limited this is a bomb that while somewhat difficult to cast earlier in the game is a serious threat at any time.  In Booster the three colors make it somewhat risky and limiting as a first pick, but it is an easily aggressive build with whichever two are focused on.  For Sealed it should be forced in with a splash as long as any two of the three colors are solid as there are only a few cards in the set that can compete with a 5/4 with evasion as a game-winning threat.
Constructed: 3.0
Casual: 3.0
Limited: 4.0
Multiplayer: 3.0


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Butcher of the Horde
This is a great example of the power you get for being able to cast cards with three colors. A 5/4 flier - even with no other abilities - would normally cost at least 5 mana. Now, you get him for 4 mana AND have the option to sacrifice something to give him extra abilities.
The closest thing he has to a weakness is the 4 toughness, which does leave him vulnerable to a number of removal spells, but that's a small weakness compared to the potential power the Butcher has. 
Any deck that can afford the mana cost should be running this card.
Constructed: 4.5
Casual: 4.5
Limited: 4.5
Multiplayer: 4.0

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