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Savage Knuckleblade
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Savage Knuckleblade
- Khans of Tarkir

Reviewed Oct. 14, 2014

Constructed: 4.00
Casual: 3.83
Limited: 4.17
Multiplayer: 3.38

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David Fanany

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Savage Knuckleblade
 
Why is this card's creature type Ogre? I mean, look at the guy. He's clearly a yeti. Or perhaps a sasquatch, but they're more common in Pathfinder than in Magic. 
 
The third ability stands out as the odd one out, considering how specific his mana cost is (will you always have an extra red mana?), but it's the first two you really have to watch out for. They make it an absolute terror against most creature decks, and if you're careful it can even dodge Journey to Nowhere and Terror. It's the sort of creature you play Cavern of Souls just to be sure of casting. (Even if said Cavern should have required naming Yeti. Or Sasquatch.)
 
Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 3/5
Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Savage Knuckleblade which is a three mana Blue, Red, and Green 4/4 with three effects.  For two mana and a Green it gets +2/+2 until end of turn which can be activated only once a turn and while decent is a little high as a two mana cost would equal the typical investment.  The two and a Blue return to hand effect probably has to be set at that cost, though the situational usage or it being more of a deterrent balance it out. The one Red mana to give it Haste is better than the effect usually is as it combines with the second effect to be potentially beneficial more than once in a game.  Overall this isn't a bad creature and earns a place in decks using the three colors as a recurring threat that is difficult to oppose, provided there's enough mana to fuel multiple effects.
 
In Limited this does lock in the three colors, but the effects are very strong in the format and leaving mana open just to fuel it is far less damaging to tempo.  A solid first pick in Booster or starting point for Sealed as the third color can be splashed into decks without too much difficulty.
 
Constructed: 3.5
Casual: 3.5
Limited: 4.0
Multiplayer: 3.5

Mattedesa

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Savage Knuckleblade
 
Wow - a 4/4 for 3 mana that's great! 3.5 of 5 stars!
 
Oh, wait - you can pay three mana to pump it up to a 6/6? Even better. 4 of 5 stars!
 
And you can pay 3 mana to return him to your hand? Not sure how often I'll use that, but nice to have options. Still 4 of 5 stars.
 
That's still not all? You can pay a single red to give it haste? Good grief. 4.5 of 5 stars!
 
This guy's so aggressive it's hard not to put him in a Temur deck. Turn 1 Elvish Mystic, turn 2 4/4? Not many opponents will be prepared to handle that. Only tough part is having the three colors of mana quickly enough to get full use of him.
 
Constructed: 4.5
Casual: 4.0
Limited: 4.5
Multiplayer: 3.5 


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