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Catacomb Sifter
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Catacomb Sifter
- Battle for Zendikar

Reviewed February 15, 2016

Constructed: 2.75
Casual: 3.50
Limited: 4.00
Multiplayer: 3.50
Commander [EDH]: 3.50

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David Fanany

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Catacomb Sifter
Despite being bizarre otherworldly beings, the Eldrazi who involve colored mana do things that are remarkably similar to their colors in other sets. That was me being a little sarcastic, but they're actually no more or less useful than such effects, and still worth your time. For example, there are plenty of decks that can make good use out of a miniature Reaper of the Wilds, as this kind of card quality advantage adds up over time, in the time-honored tradition of the Rock or Jund. Plus, there's probably at least one combo involving said tokens (plus their counterparts from Rise of the Eldrazi) that can let you scry your entire deck in one turn.
Constructed: 2/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 3/5
EDH/Commander: 3/5


Catacomb Sifter

This is a pretty impressive creature for the price. Usually creatures that come with tokens are small for their cost, with the understanding that the total sum of power and toughness you get makes them worth it. But a 2/3 for three is nothing to sneeze at normally, especially when you not only get an extra 1/1, but you also get an extra colorless mana to be redeemed later, and a Scry 1 trigger whenever another creature dies (which you can trigger by redeeming that mana). A lot of internal synergy, and a lot of utility in any creature-based deck. 

Constructed- 3.5
Casual- 4
Limited- 4
Multiplayer- 4
Commander- 4

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