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Foul Emissary
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 Foul Emissary
- Eldritch Moon

Reviewed Aug. 4, 2016

Constructed: 2.88
Casual: 3.13
Limited: 3.00
Multiplayer: 2.67
Commander [EDH]: 2.67

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David Fanany

Player since 1995

Foul Emissary
Whenever I see a card that specifically references cards other than itself, I think of the Odyssey block. That was a theme it touched on, in cards like Pardic Firecat and Diligent Farmhand, but Foul Emissary is much broader in the specific cards it wants to work with. This is good - while your options are still limited by the fact that emerge has only been in one expansion, you can feel free to pair it with any emerge card in any color or strategy. Plus, the fact that its comes-into-play ability is a toned-down version of Lead the Stampede means it has a chance of sneaking into some constructed decks in smaller formats like Standard.
Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 3/5
Multiplayer: 3/5
EDH/Commander: 3/5
James H. Foul Emissary is clearly meant to help curve into Emerge; it hilariously curves perfectly into Distended Mindbender (from Wednesday), and it even leaves behind an additional 3/2 body if you use it for that purpose. It also helps filter your deck by finding the next creature you really want, making it effective in that role.
The issue is that Foul Emissary is a 1/1 for 3 that requires additional set-up to be good. It's only going to be as usable as emerge is as a mechanic, and the verdict is still out on whether or not emerge is going to have a role in Standard. Most decks shouldn't need it, but it might have a home after all.
Constructed: 2.75
Casual: 3.25
Limited: 3
Multiplayer: 2.25
Commander: 2.25 

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