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Decimator of the Provinces
- Eldritch Moon

Reviewed July 18, 2016

Constructed: 4.13
Casual: 4.5
Limited: 4.5
Multiplayer: 3.5
Commander [EDH]: 3.75

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David Fanany

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Decimator of the Provinces
 
I'm not sure how to feel about the new Eldrazi turning other things into Eldrazi. I always figured that was the Phyrexians' thing, but perhaps there's space for both - the multiverse is infinite, after all. This particular card's type line may say "Boar", but really it's an Eldrazi version of Craterhoof Behemoth. It's not like they've historically needed help to be gigantic, but it does work well with the vast herds of Spawn and Scion tokens that come with them, and the number of green decks in general that don't like Overrun effects can be counted on one hand.
 
Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 3/5
EDH/Commander: 3/5

James H.

Decimator of the Provinces (7/18)

The first card this ugly boar calls to mind is the infamous Craterhoof Behemoth from Avacyn Restored, used as a finisher in Elf decks across every format. This guy isn’t quite there, but he’s still a beating.

First, Decimator is an Eldrazi, which means its effect is a cast trigger. It makes it less useful to cheat in with the likes of Natural Order or Eldritch Evolution (or reanimator spells), but it also means that your opponents probably aren’t going to have an easy time stopping it. Giving your entire team +2/+2 and trample should be enough to end the game on the spot; any kind of Overrun effect is usually back-breaking, especially in Limited, and any kind of board presence will make the boar a beating. This is before factoring in his own body, a 7/7 with trample and haste.

You could argue that the effect is worth 10 mana (Overrun itself is 5 mana), but three green mana is a far better rate of return; Emerge allows you to severely underpay on this effect by giving up a creature that wasn’t doing a lot. On curve, this lets you cast the boar on turn 5 by sacrificing a 4-drop, and I can see a case where this boar can end the game on turn 5.
Decimator is powerful, and I’ve no doubt it’ll find homes in Standard (and maybe fringe Modern play, but that’s less likely). Don’t count this boar out.

Constructed: 4.25
Casual: 5
Limited: 5
Multiplayer: 4
Commander: 4.5


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