Old-school creatures: The 5 best, the 5 most well loved, and the 5 all-time favorites

These lists were created out of the curiosity of knowing wich were the best Old School creatures, but they also wich were the favorites, and the most loved by the players, either for their art or nostalgia.

For this, two surveys were carried out with the players of the Liga Madrileña de Old School, in which almost 25 players participated, and we asked them wich are the best Old School creatures, but also their favorites. They had to assign 5 points to the one they thought was the best and their favorite, 4 to the next, and so on until they assigned a point to the last one.

Then the results were added, and to find were wich the most well loved, it was discarded from the list of all-time favorites the creatures that already appeared on the list of best creatures.

The results (some more expected than others), were the following:

THE 5 BEST CREATURES IN OLD SCHOOL:

TOP 5

SERRA ANGEL

32 pts

The first mythic finisher from control decks like The Deck, featuring legendary art by Douglas Schuler, and hair-raising flavor text. Ideal in aggro and control decks, a nightmare for small creature decks because of the ability to attack and defend at the same time. He does not die to lightning bolt, or BEB, or REB … the Angel de Serra sneaks in in his own right as the 5th best creature in Old School.

TOP 4

ERHNAM DJINN

33 pts

Arabian Nights brought with it probably the best creatures of the format that were not surpassed in many years, and that have continued to be played throughout decades. Erhnam himself for his speed and power, that does not require double cost of color to be cast, and his Armageddon combination came to create an archetype of his own.

TOP 3

SAVANNAH LIONS

34 pts

The traditional kings of the jungle are not only useful in White Weenies or Zoos, they have shown that combined with blue in midrange decks they can create one of the most powerful archetypes of Old School. The speed of a clock of two damage per turn for one mana means that they are seen in more and more decks: BUR with white splash, Atog with Lions … The Top 3 of the best Old School creatures without a doubt.

TOP 2

SEDGE TROLL

39 pts

With a difference in points greater than the previous ones (5 points above its predecessor) the Sedge Troll is considered in the year 2020 as the second best creature of Old School. Surely at the time other creatures were considered better, such as the Juzam Djinn, or the Shivan Dragon. But the years have shown that the Sedge Troll is a true nightmare for rivals. If there are no Swords to plowshares it can be a nightmare both offensively and defensively. Its perfect combination with Disc of Nevynirral makes it a fearsome and almost immortal creature.

TOP 1

SERENDIB EFREET

100 pts

With a spectacular 100 points (more than double the second), Serendib Efreet was the undisputed winner. Little can be said that has not already been said. There is no creature stronger, faster, that is so hard to kill, and on top of that it has evasion. The Serendib Efreet is the unquestionably the best creature in the format.

SPECIAL MENTION

HYPNOTIC SPECTER

26 pts

Special mention for the Hypnotic Specter that was left out of the Top 5 with 26 points. It is true that without Dark Ritual its power is not so relevant, and that it dies with any removal played from the format. But it is true that if it remains on the table, it can mean the game.

This ends the list of the best Old School creatures. If you want to consult the complete list with the complete votes, you can do it HERE.

THE 5 MOST WELL LOVED CREATURES IN OLD SCHOOL

TOP 5

NICOL BOLAS

11 pts

This list and voting was more distributed, and some Legends of Legends sneaked into the list, but only reached the Top 5 of Old School’s most well loved creature: Nicol Bolas. That elder dragon reading a book that amazed us when we were little. He has been seen at the Old School games in decks like Reanimator or Eureka with Concordant Crossroads, but regardless of what he plays, it is without a doubt, one of the most well loved creatures in Old School.

TOP 4

SENGIR VAMPIRE

13 pts

Curiously, it did not receive a vote on the list of «best creatures», so it should have been removed from this list. Perhaps because he lose the comparison with her cousin Serra Angel, but in any case the vampire is one of the creatures most loved by Old School players, for her art, and because she instilled fear in those first games of the 90s.

TOP 3

FORCE OF NATURE

15 pts

Another of the monsters most loved by Old School players that takes the bronze medal. Just seeing an 8/8 at the beginning of the game was already impressive, if we add it to its low summoning cost and its fantastic art, the Force of Nature enters the Top 3 of the most beloved creatures of Old School in its own right.

TOP 2

VESUVAN DOPPLENGANGER

16 pts

Few arts are more impressive and fit the card frame better than the Vesuvan Doppleganger. Quinton Hoover’s work has surely been instrumental in placing her as the second most beloved creature in the Old School. His ability (rather confusing and changeable) magnificently represents what the original Magic was.

TOP 1

DEMONIC HORDES

18 pts

Underrated creature as far as the game is concerned from Old School, but which (removing the creatures that were among the best) has been the most voted as the most loved of the Old School players. Jesper Myrfors’ haunting artistry and his destructive double-edged ability, coupled with his 5/5 strength, have positioned him as the Old School’s most well loved creature (except the mosts powerful).

SPECIAL MENTION

DJINN MAHAMOTI

10 pts

This giant Djinn narrowly missed the Top 5 as one of the most beloved creatures of Old School players. Another one that is scary to see on a table with sensational art by Dan Frazier. Powerful and underplayed, but not for that reason one of the most loved by players.

If you want to see the complete list of Old School’s most well loved creatures you can see it HERE.

THE 5 ALL TIME FAVORITES CREATURES IN OLD SCHOOL

In this list are all the creatures that the players voted as their favorites, including those that appeared on the most powerful list. Adding up all the votes, the Top 5 went to the Vesuvan Doppleganger, and the Top 4 to the Demonic Hordes. Only three creatures scored higher than them, and they didn’t appear on the list above because they were among the most powerful. Be that as it may, this is the Top 5 all-time favorites Old School creatures of all time.

TOP 5

VESUVAN DOPPLENGANGER

16 pts

TOP 4

DEMONIC HORDES

18 pts

TOP 3

HYPNOTIC SPECTER

20 pts

The specter was about to sneak into the Top 5 best creatures of Old School and enters with 20 points as the third favorite creature of all time by players of the format.

TOP 2

SERRA ANGEL

34 pts

The Serra Angel is the only creature that manages to appear in the Top 5 of the best creatures and in the Top 5 of the player’s favorites. Could it be considered as the most iconic creature of the format?

TOP 1

SHIVAN DRAGON

47 pts

Although she was far from being considered one of the best creatures in the format, he has been the winner by far as the all-time favorite of Old School players. With 13 points ahead of second and 27 ahead of third, the Shivan Dragon wins by far the title of favorite creature of all time by Magic Old School players. Fearsome when it comes into play and with unsurpassed artistry from Melissa Benson.

If you want to see the complete list of all-time favorite creatures in Old School you can see it HERE.

This has been it. We encourage you to do similar inquests in your communities and compare the results, although they are certainly not far from the results obtained from the players of the Liga Madrileña de Old School.

SUMMARY:

BEST CREATURE: SERENDIB EFREET

MOST WELL LOVED CREATURE: DEMONIC HORDES

ALL TIME FAVORITE: SHIVAN DRAGON

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