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Only until it was too late did Wizards of the Coast fully realize the abomination they had created. When they swung their mighty Banhammer of the DCI at the cursed Thragtusk, it just laughed and made a 3/3 Beast token.
Posted By: ThinkOriginal (1/28/2013 9:27:00 AM)


My only Complaint is the over splash-ability of the card. 3 Colorless 2 Green would have been more appropriate.

but Thragtusk will always have a special place in my heart as she's given plenty of her Children and her Milk to my games as Dead-Eye Navigator Shuttled her on his little boat :)
Posted By: BryceCarmony (8/20/2013 6:11:48 PM)


I like this card, but it seems like a creature this green should be a little less splashable than it is. 3GreenGreen would've made more sense in my opinion. But whatevs, it's awesome.

That aside, green is supposed to get good, under costed creatures like this, because it's green.
Posted By: BongRipper420 (2/6/2013 5:27:37 AM)


Wow did this guy ever get expensive in a hurry. Always carry two $20 bills.
Posted By: Salient (7/15/2013 6:15:26 PM)


I always play an aggro deck, but I respect the need for a five drop this powerful. If midrange can't survive aggro, then what is the point of playing anything other than aggro?

You could tweak your deck so it does well against any deck you want to beat, but the general principle is control beats midrange beats aggro beats control. If even one side of this triangle of power breaks down (e.g. if midrange didn't have creatures as good as Thragtusk and Boros Reckoner and fails against aggro), one of these three will dominate the whole thing. Both midrange and control can thrive because of Thragtusk, the former benefiting directly from it, while the latter then preys on the former. And in a healthy, diverse metagame, all three decks must thrive.
Posted By: sweetgab (7/21/2013 1:14:28 AM)


"Is Wizards trying to be clever and suggest Searing Spear?"

Probably so. Their multiverse ids are only one off: 249685 and 249684
Posted By: Indigenuity (1/14/2013 4:03:55 PM)


With the new Dragon's Maze mythic Progenitor Mimic, we now have another reason to hate Thragtusk. Why? Because the perfect follow up play to this 5 mana monstrosity is a 6 mana clone that comes pre-enchanted with Followed Footsteps. That's right kiddos; you get a free Thragtusk every turn, complete with 5 life gained and a creature token should you manage to kill the Thragtusk *token*.

I'd be surprised if Progenitor Mimic doesn't see play thanks to Thraggy being so good. Heck, even if they kill Thrag in response and you have no other decent creatures to copy, at worst you're producing a 3/3 beast token each turn off the Progenitor Mimic.

Not to mention, if for some reason you decided to run a populate spell in this UGx theoretical deck (probably Bant given Resto Angel), then you'd be able to populate... Thragtusk tokens. o.O
Posted By: JaxsonBateman (4/26/2013 7:52:16 AM)


Thragtusk is a great card, not just because it's strong, but because when this is the defining card in standard, the format is actually in good shape.

Just remember what standard looked like in previous years...

Lorwyn/Alara - faeries. Imagine playing against tempo except even worse.
Alara/Zendikar - jund. Bloodbraid elf into blightning ggwp
Zendikar/Scars - cawblade. The first standard bannings in years, nuff said.
Scars/Innistrad - Delver. Get bashed with 3/2 fliers for 1 mana while all your spells get mana leaked and creatures get vapor snagged.

Would you rather have one of these formats, or a 5 mana creature that stalls the game out?
Posted By: mdakw576 (2/11/2013 3:43:38 AM)


The Beast token from Liliana vs. Garruk looks just like the smaller beast in the art.
Posted By: BlueBodies (2/1/2013 2:43:35 AM)


The flavor text says, "always carry two spears." Is Wizards trying to be clever and suggest Searing Spear?
Posted By: ZeoStar (12/15/2012 7:53:44 AM)


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You know, I have similar feelings in regards to this as I do to Spiritmonger- it should have trample.

Couldn't really be bothered to cast it otherwise.
Posted By: JunkHarvester (4/8/2014 9:22:27 AM)


Great in one format.
Posted By: JadeHsu (3/23/2014 6:16:30 AM)


I think Thragtusk is a pretty cool guy. He defined standard, and doesn't afraid of anything.
Posted By: limitededition (3/21/2014 1:21:46 PM)


Fair arguments from some here, but Dr. Tusk was still too splashable. Most of the same decks would have run him at (3)GG; the value guaranteed by the "leaves the battlefield" clause is just too good.

I see him as the modern-day FTK.
Posted By: DoorDie (3/14/2014 2:09:35 PM)


Good enough to see fringe Legacy play, but not nearly as broken as many people thought it was in Standard. Truth is it's just a straight-up solid green creature, perhaps a smidge better in the INN-RTR format than it should have been. 5/5
Posted By: Continue (3/13/2014 2:34:44 PM)


"You don't know what'cha got 'till its gone."

When he was in standard, he slowed down the format and appeared everywhere, but it was a hell of a lot more fun than most standard environments we've seen. At least he was a late game threat and let a variety of decks use him.
Posted By: Enelysios (2/21/2014 6:20:49 AM)


play this with roaring primidox. 5 mana for 5 life and beast tokens when you bounce it a couple times.
Posted By: Kingnolybear (1/24/2014 5:51:16 AM)


Just get in the Conjurer's Closet together with your friends and make me more baby-beasts!
Posted By: MortisAngelus (1/3/2014 1:36:51 PM)


Poor Thragtusk. We hated you while you were around and yet now new players will never know of you in the same way that they'll know of Skullclamp, Bloodbraid Elf or the dreaded Jace.

At most, you'll see some EDH play in flicker decks now. Don't worry, you can go straight into Roon of the Hidden Realm as far as I'm concerned.
Posted By: Lifegainwithbite (12/9/2013 4:47:51 AM)


Combos with standard.
(I know I'm late on this comment but back then it was quite true.)
Posted By: Pick15 (11/12/2013 9:20:19 PM)


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