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Hangarback Walker
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Top 10 New MTG Cards of 2015

#9 - Hangarback Walker
- Magic Origins

Reviewed December xx, 2015

Constructed: 4.33
Casual: 4.67
Limited: 4.67
Multiplayer: 3.88
Commander [EDH]: 4.33

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David Fanany

Player since 1995

Hangarback Walker may end up being remembered as one of the most annoying creatures to play against in all of history. Any of the things it does by itself could get it close to that status - the arbitrarily large power and toughness when combined with casual favorites like Heartbeat of Spring, or the fact that it leaves a swarm of Thopters that wipe the smile off of Doom Blade Guy's face. It doesn't even require colored mana, so you can use it with Meren, who we talked about yesterday. But I'm not sure whether that deck is quite as funny as making it play the role of both Tetravus and Bitterblossom in the Thopter Tribal deck.
 
Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 4/5
EDH/Commander: 4/5
Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

The number nine card of the year is Hangarback Walker which is an XX 0/0 artifact that enters play with X +1/+1 counters, taps for one to add another counter, and when it dies each counter gives a 1/1 Flying token.  Even with just two mana this is really quite playable and very efficient as doubling to a 2/2 on the next turn still leaves two mana available to maintain tempo.  Entering play at four mana as a 2/2 or higher is of course an option later which gives this increased value in any stage of the game.  Mana acceleration, counter production, and many other effects can support this and it slides nicely into a large number of existing builds.  Overall this is an excellent card with no noteworthy weakness and should see play across most formats for the foreseeable future.
 
In Limited this is an easy first Booster pick for both in and out of game value as a reasonably priced colorless creature that can easily become a large number of evasive tokens.  Every deck can and should play this when available and there is no reason for any Sealed deck to not include a copy when in the pool.
 
Constructed: 5.0
Casual: 5.0
Limited: 5.0
Multiplayer: 5.0


Armuun
Hangarback Walker
 
It's a mana sink. It's hydra-esque. It replaces itself. Doubling Season and its Ilk makes it insane. Oh, and it's colorless. This is the kind of crazy Magic was missing, especially the set following Origins. I'm a fan.
 
Constructed: 4
Casual: 5
Limited: 5
Multiplayer: 3.5
EDH: 4

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