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Chromanticore
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 Chromanticore
- Born of the Gods

Reviewed February 21, 2014

Constructed: 2.00
Casual: 3.83
Limited: 1.50
Multiplayer: 2.50

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David Fanany

Player since 1995

Chromanticore

I think this is my favorite card from Born of the Gods. I think that might have a lot to do with the fact that it's fun to say "Chromanticore". Try it! That text box is pretty enticing, too. (It's kind of funny that Akroma is rapidly becoming one of the most imitated cards in Magic, but when you've found something people like, it's good to give it to them.) The mana cost sort of encourages you to cheat him into play (note: Replenish works on him), and although he doesn't have quite the impact of the standard reanimation targets, he's very strong by the standards of a lot of groups while not being overpowering. Deck diversity in casual settings thanks him for that.

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

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Chromanticore which is a five total, one of each mana 4/4 with Bestow for seven and Flying, First Strike, Vigilance, Trample, and Lifelink.  While the effects are a nice package the 4/4 body is a bit underwhelming for requiring every color to cast and the more common tricks to summon it without paying the cost won't work for Bestow.  Seven mana with five different colors included is not going to happen in most decks and it is not strong enough to warrant designing around.  Even with the multiple combat effects the end result is not going to make an impression in any format and will only see play in Casual five color gimmick decks.
 
In Limited this is one of the last things you want to open in Sealed as it is a nearly unplayable mythic rare and absolutely not worth trying to force into a deck.  Unlike some sets this is not a five or even three color oriented block and trying to run this is a terrible idea as outside of Springleaf Drum with three creatures in play or a lucky Arbiter of the Ideal trigger the level of color fixing required is far too great.  In Booster this isn't even worth a rare draft and should always be passed in favor of an uncommon or decent common until there is nothing on color or worth hate drafting.
 
Constructed: 2.5
Casual: 2.5
Limited: 1.5
Multiplayer: 2.5


Skid Rambo

Chromanticore is just another card that makes drafting Born of Gods feel like a trip to the dentist. I actually have a Casual 5 color deck that now has 2 Chromaticores in it. This creature/aura is very strong in a casual setting, but in all other formats it is terrible. Think about Standard play right now. How many cards can work with Chromanticore? If your answer was Zero, then you are correct. No, Chromantic Lantern does not count! I understand that we all have access to many dual lands, but a 5 color deck in Standard is just silly. Maybe Wizards made this card for casual players and nobody else. I just wished that they made some complimentary cards, so Chromanticore isn’t sitting in the corner all by himself. Overall, I like this card in my casual deck and that is it. Happy Friday night Magic!
 
Constructed: 1.5
Casual: 5
Limited: 1
Multiplayer: 2


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