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@achilleselbow I agree wholeheartedly. Obviously he's not meant to be the target of Animate Dead, but this creature wiped the floor with most opposing ones due to First Strike. It was just up to enterprising deckbuilders to figure out how to use him, or get around his cost.

Also, the flavor is quite scary: an ancient being from some far-off dimension, crawling through a portal that must be kept open with black mana, and destroying all those who try to stop it. It shrugs off Lightning Bolts and is immune to Terror. A powerful Craw Wurm does not even get to land a single hit in battle, and it strikes down Mahamoti Djinn like a fly. Only White Knight and Northern Paladin can hold him, and keep him from landing the final blow.

So, yes. He's cool.
Posted By: Equinox523 (6/22/2011 11:52:11 AM)
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To those who wonder why this card has such a bad drawback, remember the environment when the card was first made. Drawbacks were made on some cards to prevent opponents from taking full advantage of a card. Players with Animate Dead, Resurrection, and Control Magic would have a field day if cards such as Cosmic Horror , Mold Demon, and Force of Nature have no drawbacks. Most people in the earliest days of Magic run only a single color. With that said, it takes a lot of resources for a mono-colored mage to cast his power card and he would feel cheated when someone just steals it away from him with nothing to lose. I bet the developers thought about it when they made cards with drawbacks.
Posted By: Iasonas (7/17/2012 4:01:10 AM)
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Decent for the time, but that time was many, many years ago.
Posted By: Radagast (10/14/2010 8:35:53 AM)
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Man, it's not junk. I invite you to look at the rest of the card pool from those days. A 7/7 with first strike was nigh unthinkable. And you could get it out with only 6 mana, which falls under what's generally considered the threshold for cards to be playable normally without reanimation tricks or crazy mana acceleration. Considering that it was immune to Terror, practically immune to burn, and would kill any of your opponent's creatures while itself surviving, it didn't really matter that you couldn't cast anything else while it was out. And if it did get Swords to Plowshared, well that wouldn't be any worse than losing any other big creature, and you would gain 7 life while suffering no permanent drawback, unlike many other huge creatures which required you to sacrifice something. I'd say this is much better than Lord of the Pit, which is still rated decently.
Posted By: achilleselbow (4/10/2010 10:02:54 PM)
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cool artwork. very lovecraft
Posted By: gasimakos1 (7/26/2009 11:01:11 PM)
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Just give him a darksteel plate and then he is okay.

Notice it says DESTROY him, not sacrifice. Indestructibility says that he won't even trigger his damage to you ability.
Posted By: Boakes2047 (4/23/2011 12:10:08 AM)
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Has aged badly.
Posted By: tcollins (1/12/2011 3:53:17 PM)
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The first "Eldrazi"...

Love the art. would like to have an original Legends just for coolness.
Posted By: Lord_of_Tresserhorn (3/4/2012 10:21:10 AM)
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I remember way back when my buddy played that and shade in his black deck. goddamn things have changed. The card has such a cool name. They should make a new variant of this card like "Elder Cosmic Horror" or "Ancient * * " something like that. Definately Lovecraftian in nature, but Marit is Chtulu!
Posted By: GrimGorgonBC (10/29/2009 9:16:59 PM)
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Cool name, cool art, too bad it sucks balls!
Posted By: True_Mumin (8/27/2009 4:13:48 PM)
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