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Noxious Gearhulk
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Noxious Gearhulk
- Kaladesh

Reviewed Oct. 12, 2016

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

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David Fanany

Player since 1995

Noxious Gearhulk
 
Kaladesh's Gearhulks are this season's equivalent of M11's Titans, and I don't doubt they'll be controversial to some people. If you've been playing as long as I have, you may still have trouble associating expensive creatures with comes-into-play abilities - what do you need all those triggers for if you have a 5/4 with menace? Something like Noxious Gearhulk won't quite take over a game the way Grave Titan does; it gives you a momentary advantage and provides you with something to build offense or defense with, which is more than enough for most players. It's also a really good trump card if your opponent also has a Gearhulk already!
 
Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 5/5
Multiplayer: 4/5
EDH/Commander: 4/5
James H.
Noxious Gearhulk (10/12)
 
A 5/4 with menace is not very well-costed at 6 mana, the lower toughness leaves it vulnerable to some of the more powerful burn spells. What makes this better is that it's a kill spell stapled to a 5/4, and you can pick off a menacing creature so this one can menace the crap out of your opponents.
 
Noxious Gearhulk is better than it looks, but I'm unsure of how good it actually is. The sum of the package is, indeed, greater than the individual parts to the package, and I can see this having an impact in Standard throughout its life. Because, even if this guy gets killed instantly, you still spent 6 mana ideally to snipe a troubling creature and gain a reasonable amount of life in the process, and there are worse things to do with 6 mana.
 
Constructed: 4
Casual: 4.75
Limited: 4.75
Multiplayer: 4
Commander: 4
 
 

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