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 Dread Defiler
- Oath of Gatewatch

Reviewed January 7, 2016

Constructed: 3
Casual: 4
Limited: 4
Multiplayer: 4
Commander [EDH]: 4

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David Fanany

Player since 1995

Dread Defiler
The more I think about this new colorless mana symbol, the more I like it. Notice, for example, how it operates in the context of Dread Defiler to compel an actual new style of deckbuilding. Yes, you heard me - activating its ability consistently requires colorless mana in addition to generic mana, meaning that any deck that uses it must include both cards that tap for black mana and cards that tap for colorless mana. The basic math may be much the same as we're familiar with for manabases, but the goal is novel and it's going to lead to interesting choices: will we see Unknown Shores in mono-colored decks, and Pristine Talisman in unusual places? If this card is your proposed payoff for making those choices, you could do much worse: any deck that can hit seven mana is probably going to include some comparably large creatures to the Defiler itself, meaning that if it survives, you will be able to close the game out in a way that few decks will be equipped to stop.
Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 4/5
EDH/Commander: 4/5

Dread Defiler
overcosted junk with a bad keyword and an ability that's too little too late. SKIP!
Constructed: Welcome
Casual: To
Limited: The
Multiplayer: Bargain
EDH: Bin

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