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Desolation Twin
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 Desolation Twin
- Battle for Zendikar

Reviewed October 29, 2015

Constructed: 2.50
Casual: 3.50
Limited: 3.17
Multiplayer: 3.17
Commander [EDH]: 3.50

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David Fanany

Player since 1995

Desolation Twin
 
Fun fact: the "twin token" ability, popularized recently by Kalonian Twingrove, originated on Stangg all the way back in Legends. It has not been revisited as often as some abilities, but it can still make for a difficult time for any opponent. In this card's case, it makes it more than worth a look in any deck that has selected Eldrazi as an element. A 10/10 for ten mana is efficient in a technical sense but not in an abilities sense - but two 10/10s for the price of one is a steal. It's a little like Apocalypse Hydra from Conflux, except with less risk as it's spread over two creatures. I like the sound of all of that.
 
Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 5/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 4/5
EDH/Commander: 4/5
Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Desolation Twin which is a ten mana 10/10 that when cast puts a 10/10 token into play.  The large power and toughness presence this puts into play for ten mana is a clear bargain, but needing to be cast and the lack of other effects diminish the potential somewhat.  By itself with some form of mana acceleration, all colorless production options for example, this can at least be a serious threat to an opponent not using countermagic as it will usually be at least a two for one in your benefit.  A very strong addition to a high mana build in colorless or Green and should see at least some play in Casual or Commander decks.
 
In Limited this can win the game in one attack on a clear field or at least pressure an opponent heavily in an environment with minimal removal.  A clear first pick in Booster and outside of low curve aggression it will often be the top end choice for any Sealed deck.
 
Constructed: 3.5
Casual: 4.0
Limited: 4.0
Multiplayer: 4.0
EDH/Commander: 4.0


Armuun
Desolation Twin
 
Hmph. Remember how everybody was going crazy over Armada wurm a few years ago? Well, meet his not quite as good, no populate in standard, junky, no-trample cousin. it's a 10 drop that you can't flicker for more tokens. Skip.
 
Constructed:1
Casual: 1.5
Limited: 1.5
Multiplayer: 1.5
EDH: 2.5

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