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Commander Review: Theros – Monstrosity Preview Polukranos, World Eater

September 1, 2013 by  
Filed under Commander/General Ideas, Review

Elspeth Slays the Hydra

Heroes shall rise

As every other Standard players prepare themselves for the rotation and eventual departure of M13 core set & Innistrad block and anticipate the arrival of Theros, a set based on Greek mythologies, we EDH-ers also join in the fun together to welcome more new cards to add to our arsenal. The setting for this new block will leave the English gothic setting of Innistrad and enter the Greek world of heroes and monsters.

 

Theros, Plane of the Gods

The intro story of Theros goes that after Elspeth had left Mirrodin (the now New Phyrexia); she had stumbled upon Theros, a plane where Gods, Heroes and Monsters are abundant. She caught the attention of the Gods there after slaying a Hydra, though she is not all too into the idea of being proclaimed a hero by the Gods since there is still the threat of the New Phyrexia on her agenda.


Leaving behind the gothic setting of Innistrad, Theros goes Greek this time. It feels very similar to Kamigawa for the huge amount of legendary previewed so far too. We all already knew by now that like Kamigawa, Theros also has their own God to each color. Counting all the theme shift up till now, Theros would be the fourth block to be based on a culture in the real life; first being Kamigawa following after Japanese Shinto; followed by Lorwyn/Shadowmoor’s folklore and mythology of British Isles; then Innistrad the horror gothic theme; and now Theros Greek mythology.

White

Blue

Black

Red

Green

Kamigawa

Myojin of Cleansing Fire

Myojin of Seeing Winds

Myojin of Night’s Reach

Myojin of Infinite Rage

Myojin of Life’s Web

Theros

Heliod, God of the Sun

Thassa, God of the Sea

Erebos, God of the Dead

Purphoros, God of the Forge

Nylea, God of the Hunt

Every of the blocks have their own featured Creature types. Kamigawa featured exclusive Spirits as the representation of the Kamis there; and also a humanoid race for each color (White Foxes; Black Rats; Blue Moonfolk; Red Goblins; Green Snakes).Lorwyn/Shadowmoor used eight older Creature types to form its Tribal in theme in Lorwyn and set the base of Creature types in Shadowmoor. Those eight are namely Elemental; Elf; Faerie; Giant; Goblin; Kithkin; Merfolk; Treefolk; with Shapeshifter as the glue to link all the tribes together. Back in Innistrad instead of the usual Creatures like Elves, Goblins and Merfolks, a lot of the gothic themes Monsters replaced those usual Creature types. Humans, Angels, Vampires, Werewolves, Spirits, Devils and Zombies are the typical Creatures on Innistrad. That changes again on Theros. Following the theme on Greek legends, it was announced that we will all be seeing a lot of Centaurs, Griffins, Minotaurs, Satyr, Krakens and Hydras among the many famous Greek Creatures. Speaking of which, today Commander Review is in fact a Hydra.

 

Monstrosity Preview Polukranos, World Eater

Polukranos, World Eater

World Eater… When eating just a few countries is just not enough…..

Today review Commander is one of the preview cards from the Duel Deck: Heroes vs Monsters, introducing one of the new mechanics for Theros also. Polukranos, a new Hydra, introduce to us Monstrosity X, an activated ability which lets a Creature gets X +1/+1 counters become monstrous with an activation cost. The catch here is that Monstrosity cannot be activated if the Creature is already monstrous. In summary, Monstrosity is an ability which makes the Creatures with it becomes even bigger “Monsters”. It also seems that along with becoming bigger; each Monstrosity also has a trigger ability when the Creature becomes monstrous.

 

I want to Fight Ten~!!!!

Now let us have a look at the World Eater:-

Polukranos, World Eater

Card Name: Polukranos, World Eater

CMC: 2GG

Types: Legendary Creature – Hydra

Card Text: XXG: Monstrosity X

When Polukranos, World Eater becomes monstrous, it deals X damage divided as you choose among any number of target Creatures your opponents control. Each of those creatures deals damage equal to its power to Prolukranos.

P/T: 5/5

 

Polukranos, a mythic Hydra, has a Monstrosity of X, which allows you to literally put X +1/+1 counters on it, although I must say the activation is very hefty at XXG. That is probably to balance up its monstrous trigger which allows Polukranos to sort of fight any number of target Creatures your opponents control, a crude way to sweep your opponents’ board of pesky little Creatures.

 

Commander Potential

Whether monstrous or not, Polukranos is still quite the power house for its casting cost. At 4cc for 5/5, Polukranos is already pretty big to begin with. Using it as the Commander, that is a five turn clock for an opponent, and that’s not counting any power ups you are going to put on Polukranos. As Polukranos is Green, the deck will have to be mono Green too. Green is packed full with ramping spells. Yes its casting cost may be very low but that doesn’t mean you have to cast him out as soon as possible. EDH, especially when multi-players, are long games, one could just concentrate on ramping up the mana before bringing in Polukranos. As mentioned above, Polukranos monstrous trigger is to “fight” your opponents’ Creatures. When you activate its Monstrosity, it could deals X damage divide as you choose among any number of target Creatures with them dealing their damage equal to their power to Polukranos at the same time. One way I could think of to abuse this is to let Polukranos has Deathtouch (Basilisk Collar; Gorgon Fail). That way it just needs to deal one damage to each of the targets and it would be enough to kill it regardless of how much toughness the Creatures have. Good Creatures usually could annoy the hell out of you even without attacking but they usually have low toughness. When Polukranos has Deathtouch that would literally means you get to kill X targets, unless the target has Protection from Creatures, Green, Hydra, or Everything. If you are afraid to lose Polukranos through the ability, you could also equip it with Regeneration, another common Green ability. That way, combing both Deathtouch and Regeneration, you could let it fight even the big guys and then bash the owners afterwards. If you plan on abusing its Monstrosity, Conjurer’s Closet and Erratic Portal are both good choices for you to reset Polukranos’ monstrous.

Following are a summary of combos and some more related to Polukranos:

Polukranos + Basilisk Collar /Gorgon Fail

Kills X target regardless of how much toughness the Creatures have. Throws in Regeneration if you don’t want the Hydra to die from the retaliation from the Creatures it is killing.

Polukranos + Bramblewood Paragon

What’s better than a humongous Creature? A humongous Creature with Trample of course.

Polukranos + Doubling Season

This actually makes Polukranos’ Monstrosity of XXG into XG. Now Polukranos will have as much +1/+1 counters as you paid for all the X.

Polukranos + Corpsejack Menace

The same combo as with Doubling Season but requires Polukranos to be a normal Creature instead of a Commander. (You need a Commander with color identity of at least Black and Green to use this combo)

Polukranos + Conjurer’s Closet /Erratic Portal

Repeatedly abuse Polukranos’ Monstrosity when needed.

Conjurer’s Closet

Disaster is just a blink away.

 

Release the Hydra

Polukranos requires a lot of mana to abuse its Monstrosity. In my opinion, I would rather have a mana ramping Commander than to use Polukranos. That way the mana ramping could start as soon as possible and be ready for you to make a monstrous Polukranos. Polukranos is also a pretty decent for its normal casting cost nevertheless. Let us know what do you think of Polukranos in the comments box below. So till the next Theros review…

 

This is yours truly, Edward “Reaper King” Leong, signing off.

:D~

Comments

6 Responses to “Commander Review: Theros – Monstrosity Preview Polukranos, World Eater”
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    when does Dragon’s Maze come out?

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