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Engulfing Slagwurm
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Engulfing Slagwurm
Scars of Mirrodin

Reviewed December 10, 2010

Constructed: 3.50
Casual: 4.00
Limited: 4.40
Multiplayer: 3.87

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Engulfing Slagwurm

Green has always sought to compensate for its lack of instant-speed tricks and evasive abilities by simply dominating any creature that could block or be blocked by it. This is that philosophy taken to its natural conclusion-- Engulfing Slagwurm destroys any creature that even tries to engage it in combat before any combat damage can ever be dealt, regardless of opposing toughness. Its seven power ensures that your opponent is duly incentivized to chump block (and anything that blocks this thing is indeed a chump) and that it will end the game in short order once your opponent runs out of creatures to throw at this thing. Its seven toughness... is mostly just there for decoration, much like its teeth. It might become relevant if your opponent has two Grasp of Darkness, but mostly it's just there to say "burn spells aren't good enough unless you've got a fistful of them to blow on one creature".

Of course, it's not all beatdowns. Indestructible creatures can block it all day, and some might even be big enough to kill it in the combat damage step like Darksteel Juggernaut yesterday... maybe. And a regenerator can block and live, but not deal combat damage back. Though please note-- Engulfing Slagwurm's life gain ability is not dependent on the creature being destroyed, so if your opponent throws Darksteel Myr in front of it, you still gain 1 life.

Constructed- 4
Casual- 4.5
Limited- 4.75
Multiplayer- 4

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Engulfing Slagwurm
 
I'm not entirely sure why you get the bonus when the Slagwurm eats a creature (instead of, y'know, the wurm getting it), but I'm glad you do. The only thing green lacks (that it could have a use for) is a way to get enemy creatures off the table. Granted, Engulfing Slagwurm's answer to that problem is rather roundabout, but the very least it does is deter your opponent's creatures from attacking, or else deter your opponent's creatures from defending. I don't see what's not to like here.
 
Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited; 4/5
Multiplayer: 4/5
Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Engulfing Slagwurm which is a seven mana 7/7 with effects similar to First Strike, Deathtouch, and Lifelink that all trigger when it blocks or is blocked before damage is actually dealt. 
This is a fairly impressive set of effects, but requires Green's mana acceleration to see play in a reasonable period of time.  Without Trample an opponent can use tokens or other small creatures to stall, so support effects can help.  Overall this is a powerful card that can be used as a threat in a deck that can afford it, but the high cost will limit it from being played anywhere else.
 
For Limited this is a bomb card that is very difficult for an opponent to deal with outside of Indestructible creatures.  It gets around Infect and is a huge problem if left unblocked which makes an obvious first choice in Booster and worth playing whenever possible in Sealed.  Echo Circlet is a nice card to have with this defensively, but preferably you'd be on the attack whenever possible.
 
Constructed: 3.5
Casual: 3.5
Limited: 4.5
Multiplayer: 3.5


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