Top 10 best Old School’s MTG muscular creatures

By Luis Eguizábal

The following list tries to find out which are the best Old School’s muscular creatures, those are, among all the ones that have strength or resistance equal to or greater than 3, which are the ten most outstanding to hit our rival hard.

For this, I will use a «scientific» method to establish a score in each criterion of the creatures, which added will give us a final coefficient. Those with a higher coefficient will be the best muscular creatures. In case of a tie, subjective criteria will be those that will proceed to the tie-break. The method will be as follows:

CMC: You start with a score of 10, and you will subtract the converted mana cost of the creature (10 – CMC)
Strength: Calculated by subtracting the converted mana cost from the creature’s power (Power – CMC)
Evasion: If it’s a flying creature we will add a +1 to our creature
Die with Bolt: If creature dies with Lightning Bolt -1, if don’t die with Lightning Bolt +1
Die with Psionic Blast: If creature dies with Psionic Blast -1, if don’t die with Psionic Blast +1
Die with Swords: If creature dies with Swords to Plowshares -1, if don’t die with Swords to Plowshares +1
Die with Disenchant: If creature dies with Disenchant -1, if don’t die with Disenchant +1
Skip Abyss: If creature dies with The Abyss -1, if don’t die with The Abyss 11
Skip Moat: If creature can’t attack with Moat in play -1, if creature can attack with Moat in play +1

Finally, all the criteria will be added to calculate the final score.

(* Creatures with rare or complex abilities have been left out of the list: Triskelion, Tetravus …)

(** Creatures with excessively negative abilities have been left out of the list: Serendib Djinn, Lord of the Pit…)

(*** Creatures with a bizarre mana cost have been left out of the list: Force of Nature, Colossus of Sardia)

Top 10- Juggernaut

CMC: 10-4 = 6
Strength: 5-4 = +1
Evasion: +0
Die with Bolt: -1
Die with Psionic Blast: -1
Die with Swords: -1
Die with Disenchant: -1
Skip Abyss: +1
Skip Moat: -1

Final Score: 3/10

10

 

Top 9- Su-Chi

CMC: 10-4 = 6
Strength: 4-4 = +0
Evasion: +0
Die with Bolt: +1
Die with Psionic Blast: -1
Die with Swords: -1
Die with Disenchant: -1
Skip Abyss: +1
Skip Moat: -1

Final Score: 4/10

9

 

Top 8- Sol’kanar the Swamp King

CMC: 10-5 = 5
Strength: 5-5 = +0
Evasion: +0 (Swamp-walk is not allways evasion)
Die with Bolt: +1
Die with Psionic Blast: +1
Die with Swords: -1
Die with Disenchant: +1
Skip Abyss: -1
Skip Moat: -1

Final Score: 5/10

8

 

Top 7- Sengir Vampire

(It’s over Sol’kanar beacause Sol’kanar demand three dieferente color mana)

CMC: 10-5 = 5
Strength: 4-5 = -1
Evasion: +1
Die with Bolt: +1
Die with Psionic Blast: -1
Die with Swords: -1
Die with Disenchant: +1
Skip Abyss: -1
Skip Moat: +1

Final Score: 5/10

7

 

Top 6- Serra Angel

(It’s over Sengir, because Vigilance hability in Serra is permanent)

CMC: 10-5 = 5
Strength: 4-5 = -1
Evasion: +1
Die with Bolt: +1
Die with Psionic Blast: -1
Die with Swords: -1
Die with Disenchant: +1
Abyss is skipped: -1
Skip Moat: +1

Final Score: 5/10

6

 

Top 5- Mahamoti Djinn

CMC: 10-6 = 4
Strength: 5-6 = -1
Evasion: +1
Die with Bolt: +1
Die with Psionic Blast: +1
Die with Swords: -1
Die with Disenchant: +1
Skip Abyss: -1
Skip Moat: +1

Final Score: 6/10

5

Top 4- Shivan Dragon

(It’s over Mahamoti because Mahamoti dies with Red Elemental Blast, and Shivan’s power can increase)

CMC: 10-6 = 4
Strength: 5-6 = -1
Evasion: +1
Die with Bolt: +1
Die with Psionic Blast: +1
Die with Swords: -1
Die with Disenchant: +1
Skip Abyss: -1
Skip Moat: +1

Final Score: 6/10

4

 

Top 3- Erhnam Djinn

(Its over Shivan Dragon because his lower CMC, only 4)

CMC: 10-4 = 6
Strength: 4-4 = 0
Evasion: +0
Die with Bolt: +1
Die with Psionic Blast: +1
Die with Swords: -1
Die with Disenchant: +1
Skip Abyss: -1
Skip Moat: -1

Final Score: 6/10

3

 

Top 2- Juzám Djinn

CMC: 10-4 = 6
Strength: 5-4 = +1
Evasion: -0
Die with Bolt: +1
Die with Psionic Blast: +1
Die with Swords: -1
Die with Disenchant: +1
Skip Abyss: -1
Skip Moat: -1

Final Score: 7/10

2

 

Top 1- Serendib Efreet

CMC: 10-3 = 7
Strength: 3-3 = +0
Evasion: +1
Die with Bolt: +1
Die with Psionic Blast: -1
Die with Swords: -1
Die with Disenchant: +1
Skip Abyss: -1
Skip Moat: +1

Final Score: 8/10

1

 

As we can see, the final list is quite logical, because those are the most played Old School’s muscle creatures when it comes to hit the opponent hard. However, surely everyone has different priorities,  might be because of the card’s picture, nostalgia … What is your favorite?

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