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Hollow One
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 Hollow One
- Hour of Devastation

Reviewed August 9, 2017

Constructed:3.67
Casual: 4.13
Limited: 4.00
Multiplayer: 2.88
Commander [EDH]: 3.13

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David Fanany

Player since 1995

Hollow One
 
This is a type of card I really like: one that makes you care about unusual things or calculate usual things in an unusual way. It doesn't exactly have a true discount mechanic, as cycling costs mana (Fluctuator notwithstanding), but since it also draws you cards, you're sort of getting more than you usually would. It requires a certain mass of cycling or other support cards that might be considered too much for competitive constructed, but the interest level alone guarantees that it'll show up in someone's deck at some point.
 
Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 3/5
EDH/Commander: 3/5
James H.

Hollow One

 

Cost reduction is historically very scary, and Hollow One is definitely scary indeed. For its regular going rate (5 mana for a 4/4 with no abilities), it's pretty bad. If you can cycle cards or discard them, though, this gets very efficient…presuming you spend 1 mana to cycle, Hollow One becomes effectively a 4-mana 4/4 if you cycle once and a 3-mana 4/4 if you cycle twice or thrice. And discard makes this even better, if you don't have to pay mana to do so. And since this applies to every copy of Hollow One, you can easily cycle or pitch three cards and get an army of 4/4 creatures like that without paying mana for any of them. And imagine what happens when you have access to Street Wraith, a zero-mana cycler…

 

Hollow One seems dangerous, even if it has yet to be truly broken. Cost reduction is always a dangerous mechanic, though, and Hollow One seems to have the most potential to be broken out of any single card in the set.

 

Constructed: 4.25

Casual: 4.25

Limited: 4

Multiplayer: 2.75

Commander: 3.25


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