With a nod to The Ferrett once more...
Now that prerelease is over, and the cards are all spoiled (and no-one has anywhere to hide anymore), IYHO, what are the best cards in Conflux for multiplayer?
I've heard nods to Blood Tyrant already.
I just know that I'm going to be seeing Rotting Rats by the playset in my group in the very near future, though. What an awesome MP card. And common!
4 - Giltspire Avenger
4 - Rotting Rats
3 - Ethersworn Adjudicator
3 - Meglonoth
2 - Blood Tyrant
2 - Child of Alara
2 - Exotic Orchard
2 - Master Transmuter
2 - Volcanic Fallout
1 - Banefire
1 - Charnelhoard Wurm
1 - Gluttonous Slime
1 - Infectious Horror
1 - Malfegor
1 - Martial Coup
1 - Mirror-Sigil Sergeant
1 - Nyxathid
1 - Path to Exile
1 - Progenitus
1 - Rakka Mar
1 - Reliquary Tower
1 - Scepter of Fugue
1 - Scornful Aether-Lich
1 - Skyward Eye Prophets
I disagree Feigned. Infectious Horror is very weak at 2/2 for four mana. Even if he gets a swing off, he's very apt to die as he does. In a sense, he's too little too late. Blood Tyrant has the same problem. While he may SEEM strong, just think about what else could be done with the mana ( Prince of Thrulls , Plague Wind ). He is going to hit the table, and for one full round anyone who can kill him, will. There are plenty of other devastating effects for his mana cost. In a sense, he is also too little too late. I'm not convinced that either of them are the top MP cards.
The Giltspire Avenger on the other hand, is amazing. Not only is a rattlesnake that still allows other people to be attacked at will, but Exalted promotes attacking with one, strong creature while leaving defense. This attack + defend + rattlesnake strategy all mixed in one card makes it a high multiplayer pick. Almost all of this applies to Meglonoth as well.
Malfegor I'm on the fence on. All too often I'd rather just Decree of Pain , because he does nothing to THEIR hand. Since he will be the ONLY threat, he will be removed if at all possible.
The obvious ones have been stated ie. Rotting Rats I can't wait to get some of these guys! Blood Tyrant is nuts. Especially when you Zombify him on turn 4 after a Buried Alive .
I have to agree with Tich that the Giltspire Avenger is bonkers. He is what the Royal Assassin wished he could be. He gives bonuses to your other creatures while sitting there. He doesn't stall games, he just make people not want to attack you. Whereas the Assassin made everyone afraid to attack because you could just destroy their creature anyway. Is he the best I don't think so.
I think the Charnelhoard Wurm should get some sort of mention. I don't think he's the best either, but a fairly easy way to recur any card in your 'yard is awesome, especially in MP. Not to mention he does hit for 6.
Child of Alara may be the best. Wrath effects are always nice, especially when they hit for 6.
I think the child is quite good, simply because it's a 6/6 trample that begs to be killed.
Martial Coup is probably very good as well, I'll put it in some white/x control decks for sure.
Malfegor needs a specific deck I think, something that isn't bothered too much by discarding cards. This automatically leads to something like madness or easy recursion from the gy. I have a Worm Harvest deck (see the topic in this forum) that probably qualifies for the last one. I imagine it will be quite satisfying to return Malfegor into play and punish everyone with indestructible heavy hitters. Sure, it won't help against other token decks but I have Damnation and Pernicious Deed as well ^^. You can never have too much mass destruction in multiplayer, imho.
It also seems that turbo decks have another toy in Font of Mythos .
The most obvious cards are those with "each player" or "each opponent" on them (and since they have all been named I wont name them).
I truly like Rakka Mar because repeatable token making is pretty strong in multiplayer so she has to be dealt with or I will get an army.
If you play her with 1 red open you can always make sure you do still get a token if she sees play (you get priority before others so split second has no sway).
And for anyone who ever gets him in play (which I will do this weekend :D ): Progenitus
And just plain good (but going to the farm remains better often ): Path to Exile
Conflux has potential if you have long games. There it just tutors for five and should win you the game.
Cumber Stone is possible if you face a lot of tokens. A lot of people will kill you for nerfing their creatures though.
Exotic Orchard for some really neat manafixing.
Extractor Demon is really interesting. Unearth +Damnation?
Gwafa Hazid, Profiteer is picking my interest.
Magister Sphinx can be good if someone in your playgroup will keep on playing lifegain. Or it can help someone else should you need it.
Mark of Asylum is a possibility.
My winners are Exotic Orchard and Rotting Rats though.
Giltspire Avenger can only kill one creature a turn though. While it'll redirect SOME people, if people want to kill you, one dead creature a turn won't stop a lot of staple decks.
Giltspire Avenger will never save you when the game comes down to the line. If people are casting big creatures only and you are gaining a huge amount of life, sure, he'll lock a player out of the game. But he will never save you from combined hatred. Cards like Martial Coup are great. Child of Alara could be too. Maelstrom Angel might own as well. But Giltspire Avenger will not hold your fort in multiplayer. Which is what people were saying he could.
Actually Giltspire Avenger can hold the fort in the deck he is supposed to be used in. Bant Exalted. Your obviously only attacking with one creature thus leaving back more for defense. And let's not forget that he is in white as well, which has access to some of the best removal.
I know my wife's Bant deck can't wait to its hands on a few of these guys. Repeatable removal is a good thing the last time I checked. Oh which reminds me of another card I'm liking a lot, Ethersworn Adjudicator .
Exotic Orchard of course wins something as a painless City of Brass is generally good, I hear.
Rotting Rats s wins the "obviously multiplayer" award. Mindslicer 's kid brother helps make MP discard more viable.
Meglonoth wins the "fatty boom-boom" award. vigilant trampling blampling MoFo. This is what you play after you play a few removal sponges. Absolute house, this is why you play Chaos MP. To play guys like this.
Gluttonous Slime , I think that it might not be the best, but it will merit testing. Green-based deck's Greater Gargadon-like payoff to Mutilate , Firespout , etc... or it is like a modern Caller of the Claw . Mass removal proofing. Or just general I'll Path to Exile that... 'kay, just give me a 3/3.
Having now seen him in action in multiplayer, I'm also now putting a vote in for Mirror-Sigil Sergeant . He only needs one player's defense to be down, and he becomes everyone's problem very quickly.
Hugest gorilla? Progenitus, no doubt.
Best performance, though, I think goes to Ethersworn Adjudicator . I didn't think of it until I read Kevin's post, but the more I DO think about it, the more I like the card. He a) flies and beats for four with pseudo-vigilance, which is fine on its own, and b) kills creatures un-threateningly. I mean, yeah, creatures are going to die, but it's just one per turn, right? The Adjudicator doesn't spark RETALIATION, per se, just annoyance.
Plus the art is cool.
"Just one per turn" ? Not to mention it can be more than that, I doubt anyone would not feel threatened when someone can repeatedly kill any creature without protection from blue/artifacts, indestructible or regeneration. Oh, and it hits for 4 in the air too.
Trust me, it will not see its controller's untap phase unless they have no removal at all .
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