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Crovax, Ascendant Hero
Planar Chaos


Reviewed November 13, 2007

Constructed: 3.25
Casual: 3.50
Limited: 3.25

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Jeff Zandi

 7 Time Pro Tour Veteran

Player since 1994

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Member of the Texas Guildmages

Crovax, Ascendant Hero


This guy is pretty good in limited, but not always a first pick. If you get a chance to draft this guy and you are already in white, Crovax could easily be the best card in your deck. If you see Crovax come around and your deck only barely uses white, he’s easy to pass. Even in good limited decks, as good as he is, Crovax can be a bit of a problem for whatever non-white creatures you might have in your deck. Of course, no matter what, if  Crovax is in your deck, the person he will most annoy is your opponent. Crovax has a big 4/4 body that hits hard in combat and can be brought back to your hand anytime you want for simply losing two life points. Crovax doesn’t get much attention in constructed tournament decks because he costs too much to be tremendously helpful in white weenie decks.
 

CONSTRUCTED: 3.0

CASUAL:              4.0

LIMITED:              4.0

BMoor

Crovax, Ascendant Hero
Can White Weenie use this? It might come down a little late for a true WW, which seeks to win around turn five, but it's definitely a powerful finisher for slower builds. Heck, even in a white mid-range deck, he's a boost to all your team, a permanent Nausea for everyone else's (unless they're playing white too), and he has an ability to bounce him back to your hand, dodging removal. With that pedigree, he could serve as a finisher for almost any control deck, even if they didn't run any other other creatures!

Constructed- 3.5
Casual 4.5
Limited- 4

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Crovax, Ascendant Hero

I am a huge, huge fan of this Crovax from an alternate Nemesis set. I liked him in my (no longer Standard-legal) Hand in Hand update, I like him in Martyr control, I will like him again if he makes the 11th Edition. He's an update of Night of Souls' Betrayal, except he's usually even more one-sided than the enchantment was - and he doesn't die!

Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 4/5
Necro
nomikron

MTG Rules Advisor
Crovax, Ascendant Hero:

I wasn't fond of this card at release, and I haven't seen it used much since then.

This card is a bit overcosted for constructed, and not powerful enough for the casual crowd to love it all that much (though, in a multiplayer game, it can have its uses).

In limited, this guy becomes better, but definitely not a powerhouse.

Constructed: 2/5
Casual: 2.5/5
Limited: 3/5
PsychoAnime

#1 Magic Noob in Canada since 2002
Crovax, Ascendant Hero

It's near impossible to kill. Split Second does the job and so do counter spells, but that's about it. That makes it a good finisher for control decks. It also kills Stuffy Doll against those Mono-red Snow Burn decks.

In casual, it's a pretty cool card and the -1/-1 effect messes up all opponents so that's pretty good.

In limited, this thing is huge, but requires white which I think is a weak colour in Time Spiral block.

Constructed: 3.5/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 2/5
Meb9000 11/13

Crovax, Ascendant Hero

As White week continues, we look at the oddly-purified version of Crovax from Planar Chaos.

Crovax had been "cursed" to the $1 rare bin for quite some time, but recently, all sorts of coughSacredMesacough decks have been popping up that make great use of the global pump Crovax offers. Of course, being able to shrink nonwhite creatures is awesome too. Saprolings, zombie or goblin tokens, beware! Of course, one must be careful with Crovax, since Kithkin decks are everywhere and would be quite happy to see this card in play. However, against other matchups, especially control, Crovax shines with its free bouncing ability. It lends him a level of inevitability that is very valuable in long games. Look for this card to make a splash as long as Sacred Mesa is around.

Constructed: 3.5/5
Limited: 2.5/5

Swordmaster13
Tuesday's card is Crovax, Ascendant Hero, a somewhat white version of the black Ascendant Evincar.  This creature is a 4/4 Legend who's boosting effect to white creatures makes him a favorite of weenie decks while its second effect kills most other weenie decks.  The third effect makes him somewhat immune to spot removal.  He has a mana free ability to return himself to his owner's hand in a color that allows you to regain the life you spent to return him.  He's a big guy at 6 mana and many weenie decks should have the game won by turn 6, but he and his black cousin are great anti-weenie cards for colors other than their own.
 
Limited:2/5
Constructed:3/5
Aethereal Tuesday - Crovax, Ascendant Hero

A handy little finisher for white decks. This is good in just about any white deck, except perhaps white weenie (as you might not hit six mana). He boosts your other white guys (oh, hi Sacred Mesa) and will probably hurt their guys. The bounce effect also makes him really hard to kill. There's not a whole lot more to say about this guy; he speaks for himself. If you can support the mana cost, he's a fine addition to your deck.

In limited, if you're solidly into white and you open this, you draft it, no questions asked.

Constructed - 4
Casual - 3
Limited - 4.5

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