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Hundred-Handed One
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Hundred-Handed One
- Conspiracy: Take the Crown

Reviewed Sept. 29, 2016

Constructed: 2.75
Casual: 3.88
Limited: 4.75
Multiplayer: 3.88
Commander [EDH]: 3.75

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David Fanany

Player since 1995

Hundred-Handed One
 
This is Magic's representation of the hekatonkheires (literally the hundred-handed ones), giants who joined Zeus' rebellion against Kronos in Greek mythology's creation stories. Personally, I have yet to block a hundred creatures at once with this card, but that's so far outside of Magic's normal experience that you can see how they helped Zeus win the war. His stats are very solid and the monstrosity upgrade comes at just the right time to keep him relevant against Titans and dragons. I also love how monstrosity interacts so well with popular casual cards like Doubling Season.
 
Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 5/5
Multiplayer: 4/5
EDH/Commander: 4/5
James H. Hundred-Handed One (9/29)
 
Theros had many callbacks to Greek mythology, some of them obscure. This is based off of the hecatoncheire, a hundred-handed monster. And that is what it is here (after going monstrous).
 
4 mana for a 3/5 with vigilance isn't unreasonable; it blocks and attacks quite well. For 6 mana, you can turn it into a 6/8 with vigilance and reach and the ability to block one hundred creatures each combat, which sounds cooler than it actually is. It's basically a large, hard-to-kill cudgel that can stop a lethal swing in a pinch.
 
Unfortunately, it has no real protection besides its high toughness, so it's not as good at blocking as you'd hope, but it can do the job well, especially in Limited.
 
Constructed: 2.5
Casual: 3.75
Limited: 4.5
Multiplayer: 3.75
Commander: 3.5

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