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Xenagos, the Reveler
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 Xenagos, the Reveler
- Theros

Reviewed December 6, 2013

Constructed: 4.00
Casual: 4.40
Limited: 4.25
Multiplayer: 4.25

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BMoor

Xenogas, the Reveler

I suppose Elspeth and Xenogas are decent options to round out our theme week this week: legends of Theros that aren't Gods. Xenogas is all about gathering the party together. He can put a 2/2 with haste into play for free, or he can charge up by granting you a blast of mana. The more creatures you have, the more mana he makes, and the mana he makes is likely to be spent on more creatures.

If all you use Xenogas for is a mana engine that also makes tokens, that'd be worth the price of admission, but his Ultimate also lets you rip creatures and land directly out of your deck to add to the festivities. To do that, though, you need to use him for mana at least three times (hope you had good stuff to cast with him) and honestly I'd rather have the Satyr token in most cases. There's also the problem of the Ultimate firing blind-- you don't usually know what's in your top seven so while you're likely to get good stuff, it's not a given.
Xenogas is a disappointing 'walker to topdeck, as his charge-up move is only as good as what else you've got in your hand. But still, a free 2/2 every turn is worth 2RG on its own, and the possibility of cheating out far more expensive fare will make Xenogas a worthwhile inclusion in Monstrous decks and the like for a long time to come.

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

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Xenagos, the Reveler
 
Have any of you seen the art out there that seems to depict Xenagos becoming a god? Considering how powerful he is now, I dread to think what's going to happen after his hinted apotheosis. "Mana burst" abilities have a long and controversial history, going back to Dark Ritual - and most of those were one-and-one affairs. I don't know if we really have the vocabulary to describe a reusable one (the closest thing I can remember are Bloom Tender and Harabaz Druid, both of which people feel confident they can kill). If that was all Xenagos did, he'd already be scary - adding an ability that lets you recover from sweepers and an ultimate that draws you up to seven cards almost feels excessive.
 
Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 5/5
Multiplayer: 4/5

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Xenagos, the Reveler which is a Red and Green four mana planeswalker with three loyalty.  The +1 is a solid source of mana acceleration, particularly in a token heavy build, and combines well with X cost spells or effects.  The 0 is a useful alternative to the +1 when mana isn't needed, works to aid an alpha strike, and both supports and buys time for the +1.  The -6 is quite strong, though doesn't mesh as well with X cost creatures like the hydras or non-creature sources of tokens.  A deck using this is likely going to focus on either mana acceleration for large creatures, tokens, or X casting and the value of the ultimate will vary accordingly.  Overall it is a solid card with many potential decks to call home and should be popular across formats.
 
In Limited the acceleration and creature advantages this offer make it an easy first pick in Booster or starting point in Sealed even with the multicolor casting cost.  Green is usually easy to splash and Red has many other cards worth splashing, so a deck using both should be viable in most pools.  The worst case scenario is this produces at least one
2/2 with Haste for four mana and absorbs an attack or effect from an opponent, which is fair for the cost and anything more is what makes it a top choice in the format.
 
Constructed: 4.0
Casual: 4.0
Limited: 4.5
Multiplayer: 4.0


Skid Rambo

Xenagos, the Reveler

This planeswalker is great source of mana if you have any creatures on the board. That is another thing that Xenagos can do for you, put creatures on the board.  His final ability is simply amazing in a creature based deck! Remember a land card called Gaea’s Cradle? Xenagos is the R/G Planeswalker that can do the same thing!!!  This Planes walker has major upside and can make a fast deck even faster!  This Planeswalker could fit perfectly into a lot of agro decks!

Constructed: 4
Casual: 5
Limited: 3.5
Multiplayer: 4.5


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