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Plaguemaw Beast
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Plaguemaw Beast
Mirrodin Besieged

Reviewed April xx, 2011

Constructed: 1.75
Casual: 2.65
Limited: 2.75
Multiplayer: 2.75

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BMoor

Plaguemaw Beast

Five mana is a bit high for a green-based infect deck, and tapping and sacking a creature just to proliferate seems like a high price to pay unless you have good token-producers. But of course, green does have good token producers, and it has lots of counters to proliferate: +1/+1 counters. None in this block, of course, but I don't think Plaguemaw Beast's real home is in Standard or Limited. I think this card will really shine in the older formats, alongside anything that generates +1/+1 counters.

Constructed- 1.5
Casual- 3.5
Limited- 2
Multiplayer- 3.75

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Plaguemaw Beast
 
My first instinct is to try and fit this in some kind of green infect deck. Proliferate is like the infect deck's version of Char, except it can't be countered and can be used more than once, sometimes in the same turn. The fact that Plaguemaw Beast doesn't have infect itself, though, makes me wonder if there's some other green deck that might want it. Everflowing Chalice, Spike Feeder, and Decree of Savagery are consistently popular, and they all seem like things that could get even better in tandem with this card.
 
Constructed: 2/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 3/5
Multiplayer: 3/5

Paul

Welcome back readers today's card of the day is Plaguemaw Beast an interesting creature from Mirrodin Besieged that can proliferate...for a cost. In standard this card is too expensive and requires to big a sacrifice to proliferate effectively. I don't see this fitting into any current decks. In extended and eternal it wont see play due to the mana cost and the limited effectiveness of proliferate in green. In casual and multiplayer it can go into beast decks utilizing +1/+1 counters or a green infect deck but running non infect creatures may not be the best strategy although it could be effective for proliferation, by killing your smaller guys after they have served their purpose. Or perhaps giving each player the finishing amount of poison counters after spreading them around.
 
In limited its a solid body that can proliferate and should find a home in green infect decks or just a solid body in regular non infect decks. Overall a card that fills a niche just fills it poorly I don't suspect this card to see much play in any format.
 
Constructed: 1.5
Casual: 2.0
Limited: 2.5
Multiplayer: 2.0

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Plaguemaw Beast which is a five mana 4/3 that allows you to sacrifice a creature to proliferate.  Green decks usually have several large creatures or a decent number of smaller creatures, but not too many uses for counters aside from planeswalkers, a few +1/+1 counters, quests, and Infect.  This beast not having Haste, Trample, or any evasion makes it pretty weak for the relatively high cost compared to other options in the color which leaves the value almost entirely on the effect itself.  If your deck has a expendable source of creatures, or the beast itself, and a strong need for an extra counter each turn it may be worth using.  Aside from the fairly narrow usage Green can generally do better by playing something more aggressive or part of a larger theme.
 
In Limited with the options being reduced a 4/3 is playable and Proliferate is solid, but sacrificing a creature can be a major disadvantage and the double Green in the cost is a minor issue as well that keeps it from simply being splashed.  Some creatures benefit from being sacrificed and both they and Infect should be given priority in deck construction or drafting if this card is already in your pool for the added advantage.  There are better options in the format, but this gets the job done as a big creature with some utility.
 
Constructed: 2.0
Casual: 2.0
Limited: 3.0
Multiplayer: 2.0


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