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Emrakul, the Promised End
- Eldritch Moon

Reviewed July 13, 2016

Constructed: 4
Casual: 4.5
Limited: 5
Multiplayer: 4.25
Commander [EDH]: 4.25

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David Fanany

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Emrakul, the Promised End
 
In the Magic universe, Emrakul has basically taken on the role that Azathoth plays in the Cthulhu Mythos; or perhaps, she always was that way and we only now discovered it. I'm not sure and I'm not sure anyone can be sure! Gameplay-wise, I actually found it a little eyebrow-raising that the turn-affecting mechanic basically tries to cancel itself out, but I suspect you can find plenty of ways to hurt your opponent more than they can recover on the extra turn where they have control. And even once they get to that turn, they're still facing a hard-to-destroy Azathoth variant on the other side of the table - that's almost as demoralizing as just skipping a turn.
 
Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 5/5
Multiplayer: 4/5
EDH/Commander: 4/5
James H.

Emrakul, the Promised End (7/13)

First of all, Emrakul is almost never going to cast 13 mana; her effect can potentially lower her down to an absurd 5 mana for a 13/13 (the card types are instant, sorcery, planeswalker, land, creature, artifact, enchantment, and tribal), but you’re likely paying 8 to 9 mana for her in all. Her body is suitably massive, and she’s protected from most means of dealing with her thanks to protection from instants…

…and while she’s vulnerable to sorcery spells, you can make sure your opponent doesn’t have any of those, thanks to her Mindslaver-like effect on cast. You can make sure they make the most ruinous decisions possible, and giving them an extra turn (while a downside) might be giving them a turn with nothing to play with (while you still have a 13/13 flying mass of tentacles).

She combos well with Ugin’s Nexus and Stranglehold as a means to circumvent her drawback, so there are ways to make her effect favor only you. Very abusable and very nasty, and hilariously synergizes well with Nahiri, the Harbinger (from Shadows Over Innistrad).

Constructed: 4
Casual: 5
Limited: 5
Multiplayer: 4.5
Commander [EDH]: 4.5 


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