– Rivals of Ixalan
February 5, 2018
Commander [EDH]: 3.75
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Two isn’t exactly enough to make a tribal deck but its nice to see more than one card based off of a cryptozoology monster. Not much to go into detail with Ravenous Chupacabra, its “Murder” on a body. Both simple and effective. Although Black can not destroy artifacts or enchantments, its still the best at destroying the most prevalent and powerful card type. Although it has a hard time killing gods, this beast is very efficient.
If you’re doing a Meso-American themed set, including the legendary chupacabra is pretty much a given; both Ixalan sets had a chupacabra, but this one is the real deal. It’s easily one of the most powerful uncommons in Rivals of Ixalan, stapling a 2/2 body to a Murder and invoking memories of Nekrataal in the process. Being able to turn your kill spell into another body on-board is absurdly good value, and there are a lot of targets for this goat-muncher to devastate in both Limited and Standard.
Ravenous Chupacabra hits a lot of things, though it does blank on a couple of creatures, like Carnage Tyrant and Hazoret. Even with those misses, it still offers a massive swing that allows you to seize control in shaky board states and re-stabilize if things are going south. It’s apt to be a major factor for Ixalan‘s time in Standard, to say the least, even if it’s not particularly great past Standard (where the likes of Shriekmaw largely outclass it).
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