List of comprehensive answers in block if Sire was a 5/5
oh no, no! he's not a dismal failure at all! in the article i call him a "middling contender" for cube space in Rakdos. with the power level of all the options involved that still leaves it a formidable card that certainly saw play in its time, but falls far short of the benchmark card it could have been ala dark confidantI just wanted to defend a card you seemed to think was a dismal failure, but in fact was quite an interesting and fun card to play.[/c]
agreedoMan did those cards ever make aggro really fun and full of decisions.
Anyway special treat:
I disagree with all but Rakdos Augermage and Vanish into Memory here (and partially with Cloven Casting because 5 or 6 would be a good casting cost). I disagree mostly because I play these cards in other formats than on their cube evaluations and in their respective formats they are very well positioned.
Both Warleader's Helix and Grull Ragebeast are well positioned in DGR as a very good removal and an interesting finisher for high-end green decks. In limited especially, it seems that the difference between 3 and 4 toughness is huge. My main concern here is that Ragebeast is not a legend, as RG beasts needs a non-Uril general ASAP.
(Quoted relevant chunks)Lord of Extinction and Cloven Casting are casual cards that are great in commander. LoE because it is beastly huge in a format and colors that recursion is king and CC because it is an interesting build-around effect that might help some thematic commanders (its cool because it makes players think about how to abuse it more than because of raw power). The lord was auto-included in my grave cube because it is so huge and is awesome in low-removal environments. It's also a role player in my Mimeoplasm commander, where it combos with my general and Triskellion for insta-kills if the game goes too long.
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Basically the opposing argument to this entire rant is "It's EDH, nobody cares."
I kinda care, but the format has been known to play the worst horrible cards wizards produces anyway, why do they need special attention cards which make the format worse?
Primal Surge, Enter the Infinite, Omniscience, Worldfire etc
every one of those cards has been laser targeted at EDH players, and anyone who plays EDH either uses them or hates them. (Or they've essentially been pre-banned)
Playable in EDH has about as much impact on a card's design as the fucking artwork
Abstractly comparing them against "what could have been" is going to lead to a lot of disappointment. And frankly, an article that consists mostly of criticism can really be a turn-off. A much more interesting article might be where you instead challenge yourself to balance your cube to make these sweet designs desirable.
Absolutly nothing. That's why people hate it40 hit points and having one durdlie creature you can play infinite times but no other cards you get to play more than once and 3 fickle players with a colour wheels worth of disruption lends itself to the biggest and wonkiest of plays. What's keeping a format like that honest?