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Hornet Nest
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 Hornet Nest
- M15

Reviewed Jan. 9, 2015

Constructed: 3
Casual: 4
Limited: 4
Multiplayer: 3.17

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David Fanany

Player since 1995

Hornet Nest
This is one of those cards where the obvious, or "straight" application of it doesn't even begin to scratch the surface. Blocking a big creature and getting a bunch of lethal hornets - or even just threatening to - is actually a decent use of the card, but it can get a lot scarier than that. The fact that it only has two toughness and the tokens are 1/1 makes it a little more difficult, as Pyrohemia and Pestilence are probably out, but imagine if you could make it indestructible . . .
Constructed: 2/5
Casual: 5/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 3/5
Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Hornet Nest which is a three mana Green 0/2 with Defender and whenever it is dealt damage you put that man 1/1 Flying Deathtouch tokens into play.  This is an interesting and entertaining card to use with power increasing cards like Giant Growth or similar effects whether used to keep the Nest alive or to pump up the opposing creature for more tokens.  Evasion and Deathtouch together is a strong combination and even getting two tokens out of this is worth the cost and support exists in forcing an opposing creature to attack or just hitting your own Nest with one damage every turn.  Overall a fun and effective card, outside of non-damage removal, that will at least see some play in Casual as the reactive nature doesn't suit most competitive builds.
In Limited this is less likely to see outright removal and can stall an opposing offense enough with tokens to buy time or make for an offensive play.  While not directly aggressive it is a solid first pick and easy inclusion in Sealed for both the threat of evasive Deathtouch tokens and the psychological aspect of forcing an opponent into choosing how to deal with the Nest and the hornets.
Constructed: 3.0
Casual: 3.5
Limited: 4.0
Multiplayer: 3.0


Deck Garage
Hornet Nest
Yesterday's card, Stubborn Denial, was a card that I had overestimated. Today's card is the opposite - a card I underestimated. I immediately labeled him "gimmicky" and threw him with the junk rares. Upon closer examination, however, he turns out to be quite useful. Let me list a few ways I've been able to use him:
1) Initimidate an opponent's attacker. They don't want you having 6 deathtouching fliers, so they are not going to attack you with Arbor Colossus until they find a way to deal with the nest.
2) Get multiple blockers out of one card to hold off an aggressive rush deck. He's great against Goblin Rabblemaster or white weenies. You block the biggest of their attackers - even if it's only a 2/2, and get two more blockers for free next turn. This helps stall until you can get some big blockers or a way to take out their horde.
3) Make a horde of surprise flying attackers. At the end of the opponent's turn, I use Setessan Tactics to give Hornet Nest the ability to fight my monstrous Arbor Colossus. They have no way to deal with the resulting NINE flying 1/1's coming at them next turn.
It's not an auto-include in any green deck, but certainly one to keep in mind as you are running a deck that takes a little time to get set up.
Constructed: 4.0
Casual: 3.5
Limited: 4.0
Multiplayer: 3.5

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