The March of the Machines may represent the greatest narrative climax in Magic: The Gathering story history. With its dizzying multiverse scale and surpassing even War of the Spark, this set explores New Phyrexia’s attempts to wage war on life itself, and the reprisals from the many planes they turn to. shows a valiant resistance offered as
It was inevitable that familiar faces would appear in the battle that spanned the vast battlefield. Many have created the main set, but there is much more to come in Multiverse Legends, a pseudo-masterpiece collection showcasing much-loved legendary creatures in new showcase frames.
Ten Kroxa, Death Hunger Titan
Kroxa, who escaped from the dungeon during the events of Theros: Beyond Death, gets more than just the constellation card treatment he’s sporting here, given his All-Star performances in multiple formats. From Explorer to Pioneer to Modern, this Elder’s giant reach is as good as his muscular arm suggests.
Kroxa is the epitome of a midrange card, whittling down your opponent’s life and resources with each attack they come up with. He’s a staple in things like Jund, but he’s also useful in Death’s Shadow decks and Grixis in his midrange strategy. While less devastating than its format-warping Simic brethren, Kroxa is more than worthy of Multiverse legend.
9 Emry, Lurker of the Loch
Throne of Eldraine was a set with no shortage of powerful cards and outstanding legendary creatures, but one of the best in both categories was definitely Emry, Lurker of the Loch. Putting an artifact-related spin on the Lady of the Lake fable in Arthurian legend, Emry can dig up valuable artifacts from the depths of your graveyard every turn.
This ability, combined with built-in cost savings, has made Emry a staple in multiple formats, including Modern, Commander, and Legacy. Emry, a clutch her card that brings redundancy to a prominent artifact strategy, is as much a kingmaker of Magic as her inspiration is in legend.
8 Thalia, Guardian of Thraben
Thalia has been putting control decks on the back burner since her Dark Ascension debut in 2011. Her low mana cost, stable attack stats, and a tax effect that allows you to play creatures on a one-sided time all together make Thalia one of the best cards of her time, and one that she holds. title.
Other similar effects have come and gone, but none have matched Thalia in terms of efficiency, not even her later incarnation in Eldritch Moon. As long as possible, Saria will have a home that can be protected from the unholy hordes.
7 Ruined Dragon, Schichiryx
More relatable among the fiends of New Phyrexia than most of the legends of the Multiverse, Scylyx represents one of the most powerful and virulent threats the twisted planes have to offer. Not only can you apply at least 4 Poison Counters per evasion attack, but you can also gain Haste to protect yourself from removal.
Combined, these abilities make Skithiryx one of the best choices for Infected Commanders, ideal for taking out enemies quickly with the help of a few pump spells. Seeing this mighty dragon in Phyrexia: All Will Be One showcase style is a nice bonus, adding a new layer of visual terror that backs up the card’s mechanical horror.
6 Praetor’s Voice, Atraxa
Much digital ink was spilled extolling the virtues of this Phyrexian angel, and not a single drop was wasted. Atraxa has consistently ranked as the most popular commander in the game since its debut in Commander 2016. The reason for this becomes immediately apparent after reading the card.
Atraxa is a hot bowl of keyword soup, not only packed with four highly relevant combat abilities, but also able to proliferate at the end of each turn. This allows you to advance any number of counter-based strategies while simultaneously doubling poison, -1/-1 counters, etc. for your opponent. It’s also worth mentioning the daring artwork for his New Capenna featured in this new edition, as perhaps the most impressive version of this hugely popular creature has been printed.
Five Lurrus of the Dream Nest
There is a valid argument that Lurrus is the most powerful Magic card ever printed. After all, it takes a special kind of broken for a card to be banned in both Legacy and Vintage’s powerful Hellscape. But with the Modern, Pioneer, and Explorer bans, that’s exactly what Luurus did.
Much of this power comes from the original design of the companion mechanic, which has thankfully been errata since. This change allowed Lurrus to return to Vintage, but remains banned in both Legacy and Modern. This is due to the extremely consistent and strong strategy enabled by its passive ability and the low opportunity cost of Eternal in his format where he never plays anything for more than 2 mana.
Four Teysa Karlov
A true Aristocrat, both visually and mechanically, Teysa Karlov is one of the best options for a sacrifice-focused deck in the Commander format. Doubling the trigger on the dice is powerful enough, and Teysa acts as a sort of pure-blooded Panharmonicon, while enhancing her creature tokens with two key keywords: vigilance and lifelink.
Since tokens are often created as a result of other creatures dying, Teysa’s abilities work very well together, allowing her to build a board of vampire tax collectors for her opponent to deal with. Her stunning frame, eager to complete the series, is the elegant icing on this pitch-perfect reprint.
3 Corpse Born Grimgrin
A popular commander choice for decks built around Zombies and self-sacrifice (or many decks in the middle of those concentric circles), Grimgrin is a true engine of destruction. Running on the life fuel of clean but ethically questionable creatures, he can wipe out major threats on the board while becoming huge in the process.
By modern commander standards, he may seem very slow, but that could work in your favor as the rest of the table ignores him in favor of other threats. However, in the bold new art treatment Card has received here, it sacrifices the original’s brooding darkness for a more detailed exploration of Grimgrin’s terrifying form, though it may not be. .
2 Gore Claw, Terror of Qal Sisma
Subtlety is rarely green’s strength in Magic, either Standard or Legacy. This also applies to Commander. Gore Claw offers him one of the most efficient leaders for a deck full of chunky green creatures that can go sideways until you win. Not only does he make such creatures much cheaper to cast, but he gives them a nice boost when he attacks alongside them.
The boost also applies to Gore Claw itself. That said, he can function alone, but he’s best when he’s got a pack of sturdy beasts by his side, keeping an unprepared foe in sight. It’s a simple card, but very effective, and the striking new pencil scraping art offered here makes him do double.
1 Raghavan, agile raider
The focus of a heated debate that has raged over the impact of sets like Modern Horizons 2 on Magic’s eternal formats, Raghavan’s ridiculous mana cost to power ratio sets him apart from many of his overwhelmed peers. doing. At just him one mana, this pirate primate offers an aggressive body, mana his ramp, card his draw, and a useful alternate cast cost with dash.
If you can’t block or eliminate Ragavan on turn 1, the game is probably over. This is his power and ability to snowball his advantage. His new frame, a return to Kaladesh’s intricate filigree, is apt, but one might object to such a controversial design being ranked among the masterpieces with its frame in the past. I can’t.
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