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Kraum, Ludevic's Opus
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Kraum, Ludevic's Opus
- Commander 2016

Reviewed June 20, 2017

Constructed: 2.50
Casual: 3.75
Limited: 4.00
Multiplayer: 3.75
Commander [EDH]: 3.88

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David Fanany

Player since 1995

Kraum, Ludevic's Opus
 
This card really sets me thinking, and in several different directions, too. First, do you know how happy I am that there's an updated Magic version of Frankenstein's monster? I don't think you do. (And he's worth having around just for being a red zombie, too!) Second, it's interesting how clearly this guy references the surge ability from Oath of the Gatewatch, in the same colors for it. When Theros brought those spells where each color attacks itself (Glare of Heresy etc), I found it a little jarring because I'm used to colors attacking the colors across from them in the pentagon. But the more I think about it, the more sense it makes - who better to hose a color than the ones who know it best because they are part of it?
 
But mostly, it gets me thinking about how it hits as fast as a lightning elemental and as hard as a dragon, and how fast all those cards add up when you've got two or more opponents and who are probably not going to hold back on their game plans, especially when you have a co-commander who hits as fast as a lightning elemental and as hard as a dragon. There's so much to like about this guy.
 
Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 4/5
EDH/Commander: 4/5
James H. Kraum, Ludevic’s Opus (6/20)
 
Like Vial Smasher, Kraum is meant to help support multiple colors. But the card draw is nice: since it cares about each opponent on each turn, reactive decks can enable you to draw very many cards. Add to it a decently-priced body with haste and evasion, and Kraum can help fuel the decks he’s a part of.
 
Constructed: 2
Casual: 3.5
Multiplayer: 3.5
Commander: 3.75

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