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Akroma's Memorial
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Akroma's Memorial
Magic 2013

Reviewed August 1, 2012

Constructed: xx
Casual: xx
Limited: xx
Multiplayer: xx

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BMoor

Akroma's Memorial

Seeing this hit the table on the other guy's side of the board is never fun. Suddenly every single creature they drop is that much harder to block, is swinging at you without tapping, has first strike if you can block it, and has haste. And if you're playing black or red? Topdeck a Shatter right now or scoop. That's all there is to it.

Of course, dropping Akroma's Memorial doesn't win you the game outright. You still actually need a creature or two, and you still actually have to swing with them a few times. I'm grateful lifelink isn't on the list of keywords this thing grants, otherwise it would be an even harsher rout. Still, I think Akroma's Memorial definitely deserves to be a mythic rare-- it's game-changing and incredibly powerful in a way that's easy to understand at first glance, without being too powerful to ever hope to overcome.

Constructed- 4
Casual- 4.75
Limited- 5
Multiplayer- 4.95

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Akroma's Memorial
 
The benefits of the abilities granted by Akroma's Memorial are just about as obvious as the benefits of the original Angel of Wrath's abilities, so I thought I'd use this space to mention some of the interactions you may not have noticed. If you steal a creature with Switcheroo or Mark of Mutiny, that creature has all the abilities for as long as you control it. If you find a way to turn the Memorial itself into a creature, it can smash people just as spectacularly as Akroma herself. If you have creature lands like Treetop Village or Stirring Wildwood, the Memorial further reduces the number of ways there are to stop them for good. All these reasons, and more besides, illustrate just how amazing Akroma's Memorial really is.
 
Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 4/5
Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Akroma's Memorial which is a seven mana artifact that gives your creatures Flying, First Strike, Vigilance, Trample, Haste, and Protection from Red and Black.  This is a card that makes decent creatures into major threats, particularly in Multiplayer thanks to Vigilance and Protection, but is fairly expensive and doesn't impact a game much more than a lower cost card that has a single effect that benefits your deck most.  With Blue's artifact acceleration this can work a bit more readily though single target cards might be easier to manage than several creatures on top of the other themes in such a build.
 
For Limited this can make what creatures you have very difficult to stop and basically hands you a victory against Red, Black, or Red/Black decks.  It doesn't work well as a topdeck or in most situations when you are not already winning and often a solid creature can have more of an impact.  Despite that this is a powerful card and shouldn't be passed in Booster as it can be played in any deck and really only has the same drawback as an equipment card while working on any creatures you have in play.  Sealed nearly always benefits from artifacts as well which should keep this in most decks unless the mana curve is kept unusually tight for the set.
 
Constructed: 3.5
Casual: 3.5
Limited: 4.0
Multiplayer: 4.0


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