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Xathrid Gorgon
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Xathrid Gorgon
- Magic 2013

Reviewed August 24, 2012

Constructed: 2.13
Casual: 3.13
Limited: 3.87
Multiplayer: 3.13

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David Fanany

Player since 1995

Xathrid Gorgon
 
This is one of my favorite cards in M13 - I might go so far as to say it's my favorite in the black section of the print run. Granted, that might have more to do with the fact that it's possibly the most true-to-source depiction of a gorgon that Magic's ever done, but it still counts. Even if, for some reason, that isn't enough to get your attention, I will point out that anything that can effectively destroy creatures repeatedly and at will is usually strong (casual settings can be dominated by the humble Benalish Trapper!). Just watch out for the dreaded statue team block. How scary would that be if you could somehow see it in real-time?
 
Constructed: 2/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 3/5
Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Xathrid Gorgon which is a six mana 3/6 Black with Deathtouch and for three plus tapping gives a target creature a counter that gives it Defender, makes it a colorless artifact in addition to its other types, and prevents its activated abilities from being activated.  This is a very nice card for flavor, though the high cost and not actually removing the creature make this less likely to be played when compared to classics like Royal Assassin.  The creature still needs to be targeted, remains as a blocker, and the effect has a three mana activation cost which are also negatives.  Looking away from the effect a 3/6 with Deathtouch just doesn't compare to the many five mana bombs Black has had in recent sets.  Overall this isn't really a bad card, but Black has other options that can enter play earlier making this situational at best.
 
For Limited this is a very strong card to first pick as it has high toughness, Deathtouch, and can be easily splashed with only a single Black in the casting and activation costs.  It is unlikely to die when attacked or attacking and the  Deathtouch should keep an opponent from swinging without a major creature advantage.  If needed the counter is a worthwhile method for dealing with large threats or effect users and likely one of the few repeatable options available.  Sealed would do well to splash this whenever possible and little should be considered above this in a Booster pack.
 
Constructed: 3.0
Casual: 3.0
Limited: 4.5
Multiplayer: 3.0


Paul

Magic The Gathering Card of The Day: Xathird Gorgon
 
Welcome back readers to what I feel is one the more flavorful cards in the set Xathrid Gorgon. Sporting a six mana cost 3/6 deathtouch body is admirable but expensive so that leaves the ability which allows you to turn a creature into a colorless artifact and granting it defending. Aside from being able to remove those artifacts with some help it requires 9 mana to neutralize a creature and without using the ability it gives you one solid blocker. The problem comes with the fact you need to pump a lot of mana into this creature to see the true benefit and by the time this creature emerges it is too slow to stop a horde of aggressive decks and when players are playing titans turn six this creature looks a bit bad competitively. In modern and legacy and  vintage its cost is prohibitive, it doesn’t fit into existing decks and is just expensive and slow making it a no go for these competitive formats as well. In casual and multiplayer as expected this is great it deters attackers with the deathtouch and can force players into awkward predicaments and a board full of defenders. It combines well with artifact destruction as well making it a powerful defensive tool for slow decks and decks using Cabal Coffers which could give you gobs of mana to spend on the ability. In limited it’s a solid pick providing a solid creature and a way to stop opposing creatures but be sure you can punch through the defenders. Overall a very flavorful and resonating card made more for the kitchen table then pro tours.
 
Constructed: 1.5
Casual: 3.5
Limited: 3.0
Multiplayer: 3.5


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