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Demon of Death's Gate
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Demon of Death's Gate
M11

Reviewed August 12, 2010

Constructed: 3.00
Casual: 3.33
Limited: 4.17
Multiplayer: 2.67

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BMoor

Demon of Death's Gate

Three black creatures and 6 life are a surprisingly small price to pay. I wouldn't be too surprised to see someone get this out as early as turn two or three, at which point you've gained an incredible advantage as your opponent is several turns away from having a creature that can cope with this one, and a 9/9 flying trampler likely won't leave him alive long enough to get to that point. Of course, if your opponent just yawns and casts Celestial Purge, Path to Exile, Plummet, or Unsummon, well, you've just risked a lot and lost your wager. Definitely a high-risk/high-reward scenario, but when those pay out, they're glorious.

Constructed- 3
Casual- 3
Limited- 4.5
Multiplayer- 2.5

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Demon of Death's Gate
 
I'll tell you all a secret about myself: I like a lot of things that some people find inconvenient and difficult. I'm a guy who plays as a prestige class like Beastmaster or Chorister in Dungeons and Dragons. I'm a guy who plays as Indonesia or Luxembourg in the 2010 FIFA World Cup game on the PS3. I'm a guy who plays Zendikar fetchlands in a deck without nonbasic lands with basic land types. And I'm a guy who plays cards like Demon of Death's Gate in mono-black decks with Sengir Autocrat, Breeding Pit, or Grave Titan, puts it into play occasionally on the second turn or so, and smiles broadly. Give it a try some time!
 
Constructed: 2/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 2/5
Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Demon of Death's Gate which as a 9/9 with Flying and Trample and no penalty is a pretty surprising design for Black.  Add in an optional alternate summoning to get around the nine casting cost and you have a fairly playable creature that at worst can be brought back from the graveyard with relative ease.  If the alternate cost is paid this can hit the battlefield early and six life is a fair price to pay if it deals that much damage or more to the opponent. 

Tricks like Dark Ritual can get this out as early as turn one, but even without that it remains a considerable threat and a nice addition to Black's army.
 
For Limited this is a huge bomb that can be a little difficult to summon with the alternate condition without Reassembling Skeleton which becomes a high draft priority if this is your first pick.  There is no other creature in the set that can stand up to a 9/9 without help and the Trample will go through any single blocker.  A creature like this is hard to remove and will easily win games if it hits play, so even if you're not playing Black this shouldn't be passed to someone else in Booster.  In Sealed the triple Black in the cost is a minor concern in a nine cost as by that point in the game it should be available, the alternate cost may be possible, or even a discard and Rise from the Grave combination.  In Sealed you may not have the control over your pool to get the most out of this card, but if you can manage a primarily Black deck this should still earn a spot as not only the biggest creature in the set, but one with a chance of being played far earlier than the ninth turn.
 
Constructed: 4.0
Casual: 4.0
Limited: 4.0
Multiplayer: 4.0


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