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Crush of Tentacles
- Oath of Gatewatch

Reviewed January 5, 2016

Constructed: 3.0
Casual: 4.0
Limited: 3.4
Multiplayer: 4.4
Commander [EDH]: 3.4

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David Fanany

Player since 1995

Crush of Tentacles
 
The surge keyword is also interesting to me, as the teammate-related design space has not been used very much in Magic to date. There is a general lack of co-operative experiences in gaming right now (when there are people who, sadly, see even Dungeons and Dragons as a forum for competing with others, you know we have a problem), and it'll be interesting to see if this set leads to more interest in team Magic. I'd be surprised if it didn't, when there are cards like this around - I've been on the receiving end of the Odyssey block's Upheaval into Psychatog play, and this is quite comparable in the modern context. The token you get when paying the surge cost compares favorably to Elder Dragons and Eldrazi, and would be hard enough to come back from on its own even before you factor in whatever your teammate led with (From the Ashes, much?).
 
Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 5/5
Limited: 3/5
Multiplayer: 5/5 (Emperor is a format!)
EDH/Commander: 3/5
Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Crush of Tentacles which is a six mana Blue sorcery with a Surge cost of five that bounces all non-land permanents to hand and puts an 8/8 into play if Surge was paid. This is a great card for Two-Headed Giant or other team games where activating Surge is easier as a topdeck or without having to play your own card.  As a bounce it works well against tokens or to reset enters play effects and the 8/8 with a clear field is a notable advantage while recasting spells.  Overall this is a possible finisher, but more likely a support and backup plan for a build that benefits more directly from bounce.
 
In Limited it is slightly more difficult to get Surge as another card is needed in reserve and the mana requirement might be higher. However, more mana is often available and the effect more noticeable in the higher average cost format.  A solid first pick in Booster and easy inclusion when running Blue in Sealed, though Surge should always be a priority as the 8/8 for five is too powerful to miss unless stalling is absolutely required.
 
Constructed: 3.5
Casual: 3.5
Limited: 4.0
Multiplayer: 4.0
EDH/Commander: 4.0


Armuun
Crush of tentacles
 
it's kind of crazy. At one point, it's a bad cyclonic rift. but surge makes it a bit more fun. ponder into this as a 5 drop nets you an unconventional boardwipe and an 8/8 beater. it's pretty great in EDH, might be okay in standard. I'm okay with it, but it requires a bit of setup for it to be worthwhile.
 
Constructed: 2.5
Casual: 3.5
Limited: 3
Multiplayer: 4
EDH: 3

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