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Mikaeus, the Unhallowed
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Mikaeus, the Unhallowed
Dark Ascension

Reviewed February 23, 2012

Constructed: 3.60
Casual: 4.20
Limited: 4.35
Multiplayer: 4.20

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Mikaeus, the Unhallowed

The Humans of Innistrad are starting to take a beating reminiscent of the beating the Mirrans took from the Phyrexians. Sure I've had less time to get attached to the... Innistradians... than the Mirrans, but I'm definitely seeing a similar theme of "Card X corrupted and turned into Card Y". Though the fact that the third set in the block has already been announced as Avacyn Restored, I have a better feeling about this one.

That's too little too late for Mikaeus, I'm afraid. But his horrific gruesome loss is our gain! Mikaeus the Unhallowed makes a great flagship legend for any deck. First off, he's a 5/5 with an evasion ability for six. Like Geth before him, he can hit pretty hard, and a mere Lightning Bolt isn't enough to take him out. Outside of combat, he can kill Human creatures if they dare to damage you (and note the lack of the word "combat"- Prodigal Pyromancer isn't safe). He also makes for a new kind of Tribal lord. His own creature types are Zombie and Cleric, allowing him to slot comfortably into a variety of pre-existing Tribal decks that have been amassing members since Onslaught block. The oddity here is that the Tribe he spearheads is "anything but Humans". Most Zombies aren't Humans, but most Clerics are. More entertainingly, you could use him as the headliner in a monoblack deck and call it Tribal as long as none of your creatures are Human. Black has plenty of solid non-Human creatures that would love +1/+1 and undying.

But I think Mikaeus's most powerful (and most entertaining) role is to ally with creatures with persist. Because no creature with persist is a Human (barring Cauldron of Souls, Conspiracy, etc.), Mikaeus allows any of them to have both undying and persist. If it had a -1/-1 counter when it dies, it'll come back with a +1/+1 counter, and vice versa. The potential for abuse is staggering.

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

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Mikaeus, the Unhallowed
 
I like this card probably more than some would say is warranted. I've always had a soft spot for expensive, spectacular creatures, and a similar interest in a lot of the "evil" creatures you aren't really supposed to like. I like how it's a Loyal Cathar or Chosen of Markov-style story in and of itself that shows the very head of human society on Innistrad becoming the very monster he tried to fight against. I like how it's basically a one-card synergy with literally thousands of Magic cards, that laughs off most of the efficient removal spells people (and monsters) fear. I like how its second ability is sometimes strong enough to scare away entire decks but not dominant enough to change any way of playing permanently. I like this card, period.
 
Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 5/5
Multiplayer: 4/5

Paul

Welcome back readers todays card of the day is the zombie version of our favorite cleric, in standard I feel this is too expensive outside of maybe a single copy or two in a zombie style deck or even some sort of undying combo deck as undying allows for some advantages. In extended and modern this card is way too expensive but once again can combo with persist and sacrifice engines and could see play as a one of in a Melira Birthing Pod deck as the undying combined with persist and sacrifice effects adds some redundancy to the deck. In legacy and vintage this card is way too black and way too expensive to see much play it also doesn’t fit into any existing archetypes and I feel wont spawn new ones. In casual and multiplayer this is the basis for one of my favorite decks, combine with  and evoke and you get discounted beefy creatures it also finds a nice home in zombie decks and is a beefy creature able to beat down players, let’s not forget the fact it is legendary so this is a solid option for commander players. In limited its black intensive but a bomb none the less. Overall a powerful casual card with some fringe constructed value.
 
Constructed: 2.0
Casual: 3.5
Limited: 2.5
Multiplayer: 3.5

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Mikaeus, the Unhallowed which is a six mana Black 5/5 Legendary with Intimidate that destroys humans that deal damage to you plus gives all of your other non-humans +1/+1 and Undying.  Despite being a bit high in cost this is an excellent card if it can be protected.  An evasive 5/5 that makes removing any of your other creatures likely inefficient for an opponent is a threat in nearly any scenario.  Having zombie support available is a plus and the mana cost can certainly be bypassed through a variety of effects in the mono-Black style of deck this would usually be found in.
 
For Limited this requires at least half of your mana sources to be Black, but it is worth it to not only provide the evasive 5/5 as a major threat, but also makes many other creatures far better.  The destroying of one of the more common types in the format if they deal damage is a major bonus and can be augmented with life gain to make not blocking humans easier.  The variety of powers make this a great first pick in Booster and if the Black pool in Sealed can support it one of the stronger choices possible to work with.
 
Constructed: 4.0
Casual: 4.0
Limited: 4.5
Multiplayer: 4.0

John
Shultis
Phoenix
Gaming

       Welcome to the Pojo.com card of the day section. Today we are taking a look at Mikaeus the Unhallowed from Dark Ascension. Mikaeus is a mythic rare legendary black creature zombie cleric that costs three generic and three black mana for a 5/5. Mikaeus’ abilities are that he has Intimidate; whenever a human deals damage to you, it is destroyed; and other non-human creatures you control get +1/+1 and have Undying.

      Mikaeus is simply one of the top cards to come out of Dark Ascension. His abilities are ridiculously awesome, and definitely make the living version of himself look pathetic in comparison. The fact that he has so many ways of making your other creature so much more powerful means he is not likely to be involved in many combat scenarios to ensure he does not fall victim to some trick. Instead he will stand back, waiting, leading your army into battle, and boost them. He will defend you from human threats, and ensure that any successful damage from humans is returned with swift vengeance!
 
Limited: 5/5
Casual: 5/5
Constructed: 5/5
Multiplayer: 5/5


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