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Carnifex Demon
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Carnifex Demon
Scars of Mirrodin

Reviewed December 8, 2010

Constructed: 3.00
Casual: 3.90
Limited: 4.40
Multiplayer: 4.15

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BMoor

Carnifex Demon

People have referred to this guy as "Pestilence on legs". Or what that Pestilence Demon? Oh well. Not only is it a large flying body, but it can spread -1/-1 counters all across the board. If you've got proliferate in your deck, you can amplify the counters the Demon inflicts as well as keep the Demon itself from ever running out of counters. You may think it would be better to rid the Demon of all its -1/-1 counters so it can swing for its full 6 power and not worry about opponents' proliferation killing it, but as long as it has at least one, it can rain sickness and death down on the field and stand solitary to bash in your opponents! Of course, if it does render itself the only creature on the battlefield, and someone draws removal, well, you can guess what'll happen.

Constructed- 3.5
Casual- 4.5
Limited- 4.5
Multiplayer- 4.5

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Carnifex Demon
 
Carnifex Demon looks an awful lot like an unused design carried over from Shadowmoor. However, it plays an awful lot like Ascendant Evincar or Reiver Demon, allowing its controller to either close out a game or even come from behind. That's not even counting all the things you can do if you find a way to put more counters on it and keep reusing its ability (Biting Tether?), and its effectiveness at slowing down a Baneslayer Angel. Grave Titan may have all the publicity right now, but Carnifex Demon has a lot of potential.
 
Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 4/5

Paul

Magic The Gathering Card of The Day: Carnifex Demon
 
Welcome back readers today’s card of the day is a powerful demon from Scars of Mirrodin. Carnifex Demon is a six drop that enters the battlefield with two -1/-1 counters making it a 4/4. The upside to this is you can pay a single black mana and remove a counter from the demon and spread it around to every other creature. In standard mono black already have superior finishers in the form of Abyssal Persecutor and Grave Titan so this card may not see a lot of play although it players well with proliferate. In extended the wither mechanic from Shadowmoor and cards that support it exist, combine this card with Scarscale Ritual and Necroskitter for a lot of fun times. In eternal I doubt this card could see competitive play compared to the pool of cards available. In casual this card is great it hoses tokens and can be combined with any number of cards in Magic to potent effect, it can sweep the board of smaller creatures and weaken other creatures allowing the demon to swoop in for the kill. In limited a bomb its an evasive beater combined with creature removal its worth splashing black to play and is a powerhouse card. Overall a solid represeative of the demon creature type and the Phyrexian invasion of Mirrodin.
 
Constructed: 2.5
Casual: 4.0
Limited: 5.0
Multiplayer: 4.5

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Carnifex Demon which is a six mana 6/6 with Flying that starts with two -1/-1 counters that can be removed to place a -1/-1 on each other creature including your own.  This is an issue if you are controlling the battlefield already which limits the timing, but two copies in a Black or Black/Blue control design can perpetually clear the board which is a tempting gimmick.  Overall the potential is there, but the deck needs to be designed in just the right way to make the most of the concept.
 
In Limited this card works very well with Proliferate and is a particularly good topdeck as the potential drawback of impacting any of your own creatures is minimized.  Easily a first choice in Booster and depending on your pool a good starting point for Sealed as well. 
Drafting copies of Fume Spitter and Skinrender should become a priority as they can place their counters on the Demon for more widespread usage.
 
For Multiplayer this works at a slightly higher level as it can impact all of your opponents, but unless the deck is working properly it may make you a target of everyone else which is rarely a good thing.
 
Constructed: 3.0
Casual: 3.0
Limited: 4.0
Multiplayer: 3.5


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