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Throwback Thursday
- Atog

- Antiquities

Reviewed Mar. 9, 2017

Constructed: 3.5
Casual: 4
Limited: 4.13
Multiplayer: 3.25
Commander [EDH]: 3.5

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David Fanany

Player since 1995

If you're not familiar with the mighty Atog, why aren't you? He likes you - look at that smile! He has plenty of reason to smile, too: few cards have gone from being overlooked to being a smash hit as spectacularly as he has. When Antiquities came out, he was considered a bad risk, as many players thought the point of artifacts was to keep them on the table. Later, people realized he was a good example of figuring out what you can give up to get a benefit in a different resource, and the expansion of the Atog family in Visions and Odyssey is a testament to that, not to mention his devastating return in Mirrodin. The Swedish group has even (re)discovered the Atog Smash deck with Berserk in the 1994 card pool, meaning you can eat metal for fun and profit almost anywhere Magic is played.
Ravenous Intruder is a cool card which fills the same mechanical role in Kaladesh, but I do wish the creative department would make space for offbeat cards like Atog once in a while. To me, this little guy and those like him make the multiverse feel a little more inhabited, a little more mysterious, and a little more fun.
Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 4/5
EDH/Commander: 4/5
James H. Atog (3/9)
While Atog hasn't come back in Kaladesh, we did get a spiritual successor in  the form of Ravenous Intruder. All the same, the atog and its gremlin friend play similarly: feed them artifacts to make them big. Atog is a creature whose value fluctuates based on its environment; it was amazing in Mirrodin, but it wasn't so hot outside of it.
Atog is a simple creature. It's lethal if you have lots of artifacts, but no evasion and no combat key words limit its ability to wreak havoc. It can power out early kills if you're careful, so there is that.
Constructed: 3
Casual: 4
Limited: 4.25
Multiplayer: 2.5
Commander: 3

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