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Soulflayer
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Top 10 New MTG Cards of 2015

#11 - Soulflayer
- Fate Reforged

Reviewed December 14, 2015

Constructed: 3.00
Casual: 3.88
Limited: 2.83
Multiplayer: 2.83
Commander [EDH]: 3.33

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David Fanany

Player since 1995

Soulflayer
 
It's a black Akroma! Or, something like that. It's surprisingly easy to make this creature a significant threat, and not unusually hard to make it a nigh-unkillable one - the last Standard season saw the fun combo with Chromanticore pop up at FNMs worldwide, and it's even easier once you get into larger casual cardpools (he works with like half of the Innistrad block alone). I also like that he fits with black's theme of death and exploitation of death; as we'll see in our top eleven, this theme has been pushed this year, and things like that help distinguish the colors at least as much as card abilities.
 
Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 3/5
Multiplayer: 3/5
EDH/Commander: 3/5

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

The number eleven card of the year is Soulflayer which is a six mana Black 4/4 with Delve that can lower the mana cost to two Black and it can gain a variety of effects if creatures with them are exiled by Delve. This is excellent alongside cards like Gurmag Swiftwing and Vampire Nighthawk in a mono-Black deck and there are many options available when using other colors.  This is a card that should not be hard cast and greatly benefits from the Delve mechanic as well as self-mill, so it should see play in decks built around it as a mainline threat or possible finisher depending on the creatures used.
 
In Limited this may not get to see many added effects, but is still a reasonable 4/4 for six or less which is certainly playable.  As a first pick in Booster it can potentially be a little weak if not supported with drafting effects it is still playable as a potential two mana 4/4 and shouldn't be passed most of the time.  In Sealed it naturally depends on the pool, primarily Black with the two symbol requirement, and is a bit much to splash. 
 
Constructed: 4.0
Casual: 4.0
Limited: 4.0
Multiplayer: 4.0
EDH/Commander: 4.5


Armuun

Soulflayer
 
A slightly interesting take on Cairn Wanderer. A 4/4 for BB with up to 4 mentioned abilities sounds amazing on paper, and for reanimator decks, it's a boon. but then again, when's the last time you saw reanimator? Odds are, you're likely to just draw it either when you don't need it, or you're already winning, at least in terms of reanimator. It's a neat use of delve but... eh.
 
Constructed: 2
Casual: 3.5
Limited: 1.5
Multiplayer: 2.5


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