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Vampire Hexmage
Zendikar

Reviewed December 15, 2009

Constructed: 4.50
Casual: 4.50
Limited: 4.10
Multiplayer: 3.87

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David Fanany

Player since 1995

Vampire Hexmage

Instant banishment for enemy planeswalkers. Instant-speed 20/20 indestructible creatures. An instant answer to Darksteel Reactor, the graft mechanic, and Time Spiral "storage" lands. Oh, and she's a vampire, with amazing art. What's not to like?

Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 3/5
Multiplayer: 2/5

Paul

Magic The Gathering COTD: Vampire Hexmage
 
Welcome back readers today’s card of the day is one of the game changing cards to appear in Zendikar, not only did it lend itself to standard vampire decks but it singlehandedly spawned its own competitive extended deck with the help of Dark Depths. In standard this card not has first strike and receives an awesome pump from its tribal lord but can at anytime sacrifice itself to destroy any planeswalker as well as removing any troublesome counters that may be worrying you, an essential component of the highly competitive vampire builds Hexmage stands tall in standard. In extended it singlehandedly made a jank rare playable and proved itself a competitive deck archetype, not only can it net you  an indestructible 20/20 courtesy of Dark Depths but it also removes planeswalkers and modular counters, any card that spawns an entire deck archetype in a format as vast and cutthroat as extended is certainly powerful and significant. In casual and multiplayer creatures with first strike are great and being able to negate opponents planeswalkers and Doubling Season tricks make it a valuable tool if you’re running a deck with black or a vampire deck. In limited it’s a first strike creature that can occasionally sacrifice itself to wreck some opponent’s bomb cards that utilize counters which there is a good amount. I don’t feel uncomfortable giving this card a perfect score not only is it an efficient small creature in black but it single handedly spawned its own competitive archetype as well as providing an overwhelmingly versatile creature that has effected most facets of competitive extended and standard play, Vampire Hexmage is one of the best black cards to see print in recent memory not on the same level as cards like Necropotence gosh no, but as Dark Confident, an essential cog in whose versatility and raw power provide a niche in which it can flourish.

Constructed: 5.0
Casual: 5.0
Limited: 5.0
Multiplayer: 5.0

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Vampire Hexmage which is one of the easiest anti-planeswalker measures made to date. In addition it functions quite well for stopping creatures kept alive by their counters such as a hydra or modular creature and can release Marit Lage from Dark Depths on the third turn with no other support.

In Constructed, Casual, and Multiplayer this is a fantastic card at derailing any type of card that tries to benefit from counters and as mentioned above can work offensively to produce a cheap 20/20 indestructible flying. Either way a 2/1 First Strike for two mana with that kind of ability can certainly find room in at least a sidedeck and likely some Black builds in various formats.

For Limited the 2/1 First Strike for two by itself isn't bad, but the ability to knock out nearly unstoppable planeswalkers like Sorin Markov and stall quest cards makes this a potent threat. The double Black mana cost is a bit restrictive, but in a format like this anything that can stop a planeswalker cold for just two mana is worth drafting. A Sealed deck running Black should definitely include this card or at least keep it in mind as a sidedeck option. In Booster if going Black already especially if you have a Sorin this card should be drafted heavily. It works well to keep the board under your control, but you really don't want an opponent stopping you with a card you could use yourself. Also, as a vampire there is some support in set that can make for a fairly nasty deck standing behind their planeswalker general.

Constructed: 4.5
Casual: 4.5
Limited: 4.5
Multiplayer: 4.5


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