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Reanimator Or Look I am doing something brilliant and no one is watching me

April 29, 2011

So this morning I was reading an article on Reanimator, it was an interesting take on “The Innovators” Patrick Chapin deck list that was posted on SCG a few weeks back.

What made this deck rather interesting was the writer (Reid Duke) had the inclusion of the New Phyrexia card Jin-Gitaxias, Core Augur.

What made this deck list interesting, was that the night before or perhaps it was two nights ago, me and my roommate were talking about Jin-Gitaxias, Core Augur as a reliable target for his Reanimator deck. We spent about an hour talking about him and his advantages.

What particularly I enjoyed about reading Reid Dukes article was that he made a really good point: “Jin-Gitaxias, Core Augur, seems powerful enough to be the go-to guy. Drawing seven cards in a deck with twelve free permission spells ought to be the end of the story, especially if it happens in the early turns of the game.” Jin’s huge advantage is the draw 7 cards at the end of your turn which allows you to discard your bad ass creatures to the yard and completely eliminating your opponents hand to essentially one card per turn which would be their draw card, which if they don’t use is gone at the end of the turn. Just think about your hand being filled with your best animator spells, and well essentially your counter cards. I mean really how can you go wrong?

But here is the next question? how much better is he than say other reanimator targets like Iona whom can completely lock the game out. or Blazing Archon to prevent the attack? or Terastodon to completely nuke targets off the board? So what about the what about the white one Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite? how good of a target is he? against tribal? right now tribal decks have only a couple of an answers Grave Titan, can be explosive against Gobins/Merfolk/Elves etc with the Elesh Norm, Grand Cenobite it drops and drops their power and toughness which for the most part unless they have many lords can wipe their fields, and with Reanimator that is a viable option for them. because normally, a Reanimator player won’t have a huge field out, but maybe perhaps one or two big fatties that just rip apart life totals.

So will any of the others Praetors see play? to be honest I don’t think so they might, I’m not going to say no, but my opinion is they probably won’t as compared to the blue and white one. any thoughts or comments on what you think would be great targets for new reanimator decks leave comments or hate mail.


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