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Commander Review: Born of the Gods – Xenagos, God of Revels is unfriendly

November 3, 2014 by  
Filed under Commander/General Ideas, Review

Xenagos, God of Revels

“Now that I am here….. Let’s Rock this Stage!!!”

For this blog post, I arrange a meeting with my cousin, Frankie. I am aware that he has this EDH deck when we were chatting on facebook.

Personally, I know that I am expecting an very aggressive deck, thanks to the nature of this God card.

Let’s have another look at this card, shall we?

Xenagos, God of Revels

Card Name: Xenagos, God of Revels

Mana Cost: 3RG

Types: Legendary Enchantment Creature — God

Card Text: 

Indestructible

As long as your devotion to red and green is less than seven, Xenagos isn’t a creature.

At the beginning of combat on your turn, another target creature you control gains haste and gets +X/+X until end of turn, where X is that creature’s power.

P/T: 6 / 5

Well… what can we say about God cards?
Fairly standard, they are enchantment creatures that are indestructible.

We met up at Funco, the nearest card and gaming shop in our area.

I started with my Radha, Heir to Keld Land destruction deck.

As Frankie wasn’t aware my deck is a Land destruction deck, he didn’t perform as well as I halt his mana development.

Second match wasn’t so easy. Frankie mulligan till he is comfortable and get a decent amount of land ramp cards in hand.

I couldn’t catch up with his Explosive Vegetation and Cultivate.

When he got his general in play, which is where the pain starts to come.

Thanks to his general, one of his creature is ready to attack with the twice the damage. There was once I was killed by his Blightsteel Colossus and another time Craterhoof Behemoth with a bunch of creatures.

Blightsteel Colossus

Big Mean Guy made Meaner

Despite so, Xenagos aggressiveness has quite a few weaknesses, other than land destruction.

 

Weakness

He is only able to trigger one other creature to grow big and attack there and then. Which also means, we only need to deal with 1 creature, instead of a horde of creatures.
Icy Manipulator
, Swords to Plowshares, or cards that deal with 1 creature can halt the damage onslaught.

icy manipulator

Not so tough after all…..

Another weakness I found is that Xenagos have a tenacity to be on Top Deck Mode quite easily. Despite green has some good card drawing options, but they do not often come as Instant cards. Greater Good, Momentous Fall and Sylvan Library are great examples but they aren’t that many to make a good difference. Green doesn’t have the cards to tutor them to make them consistent.

Yugi Muto

God of Top Deck Mode

Destruction of these cards could mean Xenagos will lose its steam.

 

Strength

But still, despite having such weakness. Xenagos isn’t something to laugh about. He can turn the tide with 1 hit fairly easily.

Malignus, Balefire Dragon, Butcher Orgg, Dragon Tyrant and those cards mentioned above almost mean the game is going to end if their blow landed.

Malignus

1/2 Rounded up x 2 = 1x Dead Opponent

Ramping for land and mana acceleration is a simple feat since Green is in the house.

Xenagos’ ability does not need mana activation; thus, it allows bomb spells like Overwhelming Stampede, Savage Beating to happen. Thus, making your creature dealing 4 times more damage than usual.

 

Verdict

Born of the Gods Spoiler Art

Ascending to Greater Unfriendliness.

Xenagos makes a great deck for 1v1 as it can really end the game fast. Despite the apparent weakness, they can be supported with more artifacts like Sensei’s Divining Top. However, with cards like this, it will make the deck slower.

How does Xenagos perform in a multiplayer political games is a different story. Something that I believe a lot of other players will just answer a few things and know Xenagos will be set back for a few turns due to the deck nature.

 

Your Humility
Manferd

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