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Whispers of Emrakul
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Whispers of Emrakul
- Eldritch Moon

Reviewed Aug. 24, 2016

Constructed: 3.50
Casual: 3.38
Limited: 3.50
Multiplayer: 2.50
Commander [EDH]: 2.50

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David Fanany

Player since 1995

Whispers of Emrakul
 
This is probably as close as we'll ever get to a new version of Hymn to Tourach in a modern set. Most people will be pretty happy about that fact. Then again, if your opening is a fetchland into a Thoughtseize on an artifact creature, it does pretty much the same thing, and even in the late game, an opponent losing two of their cards in a random manner can still be hard to come back from. In a way, what this card does best is illustrate the power of Dark Ritual - almost any effect gets weaker when you have to wait for it.
 
Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 3/5
Multiplayer: 3/5
EDH/Commander: 3/5 
James H.

Whispers of Emrakul
 
Once upon a time, people were terrorized by the infamous Hymn to Tourach. For 2 black mana, it basically rips your opponent's hand apart by pulling two cards randomly from it. While random discard may not be as preferable as being able to choose your targets (hello, Thoughtseize), it's also able to hit lands, and a lucky hit with random discard in the early game can keep your opponent from ever recovering.
 
Whispers of Emrakul is as close to a Hymn to Tourach reprint as we're probably ever going to get.
 
Delirium has proven to be wholly achievable in most formats, but the key to maximizing this card is getting Delirium as soon as turn 2 or 3 (unlikely in Standard, more achievable in Modern). This card relies on Delirium to be as backbreaking as possible, and being able to pull two cards at random from one's hand can, again, take them out of the game. It's possible that this might not be as lethal in Standard because of opposing Delirium, but I'll take my chances.
 
Whispers of Emrakul is powerful. I'd keep my eye out for it.
 
Constructed: 4
Casual: 3.75
Limited: 4
Multiplayer: 2
Commander: 2


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