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Fanatic of Xenagos
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Fanatic of Xenagos
- Born of the Gods

Reviewed April 7, 2014

Constructed: 3.67
Casual: 3.33
Limited: 3.50
Multiplayer: 3.00

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David Fanany

Player since 1995

Fanatic of Xenagos

It's not the tribute that makes this card all but impossible to play against. It's the fact that it always has trample, and the fact that the two "versions" of the card are so similar that it's often difficult to decide what to do when your opponent casts it. You can't effectively chump block either form. Pay tribute, and you get an extra turn to figure out how to deal with the most efficient Centaur since Burning-Tree Shaman. (Remember that guy? How much does he go for on the singles market nowadays?) Don't, and you have one phase to figure out how to deal with a creature that (for this one turn, at least) is more efficient than Boggart Ram-Gang, and I seriously thought I would never type that sentence in my entire life.

Oh, but it must be fine because Doom Blade also exists. Or something.

Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 2/5

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Fanatic of Xenagos which is a three mana Green and Red 3/3 with Trample and Tribute 1 with the alternative of
+1/+1 and Haste until end of turn. Either choice on tribute makes this
a 4/4 with Trample at a cost of three which is efficient and a notable threat in most situations. Aside from needing a Gruul, Jund, or Bant design to run the casting cost there is no other drawback to a 3/3 or
4/4 trampler for three and it will be a popular choice across formats in those builds.

In Limited this forces a multicolor deck and is excellent alongside either version of Xenagos, otherwise drafting it early requires drafting into both colors for Booster to reliably cast it early. In Sealed if either pool is strong and the other is splashable it is a strong card to include as it is nicely above the curve. In either it is a powerful card that shouldn't be overlooked as it can threaten almost any board position and is likely to do at least some damage to field and life points.

Constructed: 4.0
Casual: 4.0
Limited: 4.0
Multiplayer: 4.0


Paul

Welcome back readers todays card of the day is a powerful aggressive creature. For three mana you can either get a 4/4 trampling haste creature or one that is a 3/3 trample both bad options for opponents and both good aggressive options for aggressive decks. In standard most green and red decks subscribe to the monster plan, however this creature is powerful in an early aggressive deck backed up with Burning Tree Shaman and definitely has enough power I feel to make the cut in standard. Outside of standard competitive formats this creature is not as powerful as other aggressive options limiting its playability. In casual and multiplayer it’s a solid aggressive card and I like the idea of tribute when you’re playing with more than one player. Warrior is also a relevant creature type. In limited it’s a very solid aggressive creature and a decent pick, I don’t know however if I would let it lock me into red and green. Overall a card with some competitive applications and a relatively high power level.

Constructed: 3.0
Casual: 3.0
Limited: 2.5
Multiplayer: 3.0


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