Terror of the Peaks
Terror of the Peaks

Terror of the Peaks – M21

Date Reviewed:  April 25, 2024

Constructed: 4.0
Casual: 5.0
Limited: 5.0
Multiplayer: 4.13 
Commander [EDH]: 4.25

Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale. 1 is bad. 3 is average. 5 is great.

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Terror of the Peaks is a good candidate for the poster character for dragons in the modern era – big, aggressive, damaging everything in sight, forcing opponents to have answers but few genuinely good options. Granted, it’s at its best when there are other creatures to generate pandemonium, with some other dragons being somewhat more efficient at ending the game all on their own. But that just means there are more decks that can use it, and we’re more used to cards like dual lands or mana generators being described as universal. It’s pretty cool to say it about a big creature like this! That increased likelihood of a threat-dense deck means your opponent isn’t entirely safe, as dealing with one side of your deck will leave them vulnerable to the other. This card is thus also a poster character for how the strategic use of big creatures has evolved. (And for the last core set printed so far, but that’s a whole other discussion . . .)

Constructed: 4
Casual: 5
Limited: 5
Multiplayer: 4
Commander [EDH]: 4

 James H. 


Here to underscore the badness of swooping Terror of the Peaks is one of the more obnoxious dragons we’ve gotten in recent memory. On top of having a slight removal resistance, thanks to punishing effects that target it, it also comes packing Warstorm Surge’s effect. This has long been a very nasty ability, letting you double-dip (so to speak) in terms of what you get out of your creatures, and pairing this with a decently-costed body that also can swoop gratuitously is a very good use of five mana.

Overall, Terror of the Peaks is definitely a card that tends to be a bit too pricey for deep formats, since its protection is more of a dissuasion than a had shield, but it’s certainly a force in Standard, both in its original outing and now. It’s certainly a menace of a dragon, continuing to underline that swooping will always continue to be bad.

Constructed: 4
Casual: 5
Limited: 5
Multiplayer: 4.25
Commander [EDH]: 4.5

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