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I love this game. I love writing about it. Compiling lists about it. Evaluating it. Sometimes, I even play it. I'm an Accidental Player.

 The Tolarian Academy of Arcane Arts and Pictures presents: THE TOPDECK AWARDS!
 The best way to celebrate 20 long years of this silly game, by rewarding all those beloved cards that, at one point or another, starred in our personal tragicomedies and psychodramas.

 Today's category: Outstanding ETB Creature, CMC 5. An ETB creature is strictly defined as any creature whose rule text includes the sentence "When [creature's name] enters the battlefield", and which generates an effect that doesn't require additional costs. We already covered such creatures at CMC 4, now it's the turn to examine ETB effects even more costly and powerful. The nominations are divided into sub-categories and accompanied by a brief profile of the nominees, which are listed alphabetically. Winners will be published with the announcement of the next category. Last time's winners are here.

 And the voting duty, ladies and gentlemen, is all yours.

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> PREVIOUS CATEGORIES <


 Category A: Outstanding Mono-White ETB Creature, CMC 5

 The nominees are: 

1. 

  • Name: Archon of Redemption
  • Rarity: Rare
  • Birthplace: Worldwake
  • Reason for Nomination: Because it's an insane lifegaining engine.

 

2. 

 

3. 

  • Name: Geist-Honored Monk
  • Rarity: Rare
  • Birthplace: Innistrad
  • Reason for Nomination: Because she patrols the ground and the air.

 

4. 

  • Name: Karmic Guide
  • Rarity: Rare
  • Birthplace: Urza's Legacy
  • Reason for Nomination: Because she's Resurrection on a stick. And again and again.

 

5. 

  • Name: Knight-Captain of Eos
  • Rarity: Rare
  • Birthplace: Shards of Alara
  • Reason for Nomination: Because he's a Fog machine.

 

6. 

  • Name: Razor Hippogriff
  • Rarity: Uncommon
  • Birthplace: Scars of Mirrodin
  • Reason for Nomination: Because it gives you life, recursion and a flying body.

 

7. 

  • Name: Reveillark
  • Rarity: Rare
  • Birthplace: Morningtide
  • Reason for Nomination: Because it's the Elemental of Combo.

 

8. 

  • Name: Stormfront Riders
  • Rarity: Uncommon
  • Birthplace: Planar Chaos
  • Reason for Nomination: Because you know you want to try and break it.

 

9. 

 

10. 

  • Name: Wingmate Roc
  • Rarity: Mythic Rare
  • Birthplace: Khans of Tarkir
  • Reason for Nomination:  Because Rocs never come alone.

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 Category B: Outstanding Mono-Blue ETB Creature, CMC 5

 The nominees are: 

1. 

  • Name: Ixidron
  • Rarity: Rare
  • Birthplace: Time Spiral
  • Reason for Nomination: Because after the introduction of manifest, it has acquired a whole new purpose.

 

2. 

  • Name: Mnemonic Wall
  • Rarity: Common
  • Birthplace: Rise of the Eldrazi
  • Reason for Nomination: Because you never run out of reasons for recurring your stuff while blocking attacks.

 

3. 

  • Name: Mulldrifter
  • Rarity: Common
  • Birthplace: Lorwyn
  • Reason for Nomination: Because it's a flying fish!

 

4. 

  • Name: Peregrine Drake
  • Rarity: Uncommon
  • Birthplace: Urza's Saga
  • Reason for Nomination: Because it comes from a noble family of land abusers.

 

5. 

  • Name: Riftwing Cloudskate
  • Rarity: Uncommon
  • Birthplace: Time Spiral
  • Reason for Nomination: Because it's your Boomerang-on-a stick effect of choice to recur.

 

6. 

  • Name: Sphinx of Lost Truths
  • Rarity: Rare
  • Birthplace: Zendikar
  • Reason for Nomination: Because it's the best deal to dig for that reanimator spell you need.

 

7. 

  • Name: Vesuvan Shapeshifter
  • Rarity: Rare
  • Birthplace: Time Spiral
  • Reason for Nomination: Because it's your manifest-friendly Clone.

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 Category C: Outstanding Mono-Black ETB Creature, CMC 5

 The nominees are: 

1. 

  • Name: Corpse Connoisseur
  • Rarity: Uncommon
  • Birthplace: Shards of Alara
  • Reason for Nomination: Because when you can't Entomb...

 

2. 

  • Name: Doomwake Giant
  • Rarity: Rare
  • Birthplace: Journey into Nyx
  • Reason for Nomination: Because it's the bane of swarms.

 

3. 

  • Name: Gray Merchant of Asphodel
  • Rarity: Common
  • Birthplace: Theros
  • Reason for Nomination: Because it single-handedly put mono-black back in business.

 

4. 

  • Name: Puppeteer Clique
  • Rarity: Rare
  • Birthplace: Shadowmoor
  • Reason for Nomination: Because it's the stealer of reanimator's thunder.

 

5. 

  • Name: Shadowborn Demon
  • Rarity: Mythic Rare
  • Birthplace: Magic 2014
  • Reason for Nomination: Because it's the high-maintenance ETB killer.

 

6. 

  • Name: Shriekmaw
  • Rarity: Uncommon
  • Birthplace: Lorwyn
  • Reason for Nomination: Because it's the low-maintenance ETB killer.

 

7. 

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 Category D: Outstanding Mono-Red ETB Creature, CMC 5

 The nominees are: 

1. 

  • Name: Emrakul's Hatcher
  • Rarity: Common
  • Birthplace: Rise of the Eldrazi
  • Reason for Nomination: Because self-sacrificing colorless mana creatures have a lot of uses.

 

2. 

 

3. 

  • Name: Mindclaw Shaman
  • Rarity: Uncommon
  • Birthplace: Magic 2013
  • Reason for Nomination: Because it's the "in your face" lottery.

 

4. 

  • Name: Scourge of Valkas
  • Rarity: Mythic Rare
  • Birthplace: Magic 2014
  • Reason for Nomination: Because it's the Dragon bannerman.

 

5. 

  • Name: Siege-Gang Commander
  • Rarity: Rare
  • Birthplace: Scourge
  • Reason for Nomination: Because it's a one-goblin-army.

 

6. 

  • Name: Thundermaw Hellkite
  • Rarity: Mythic Rare
  • Birthplace: Magic 2013
  • Reason for Nomination: Because it's the one you'll vote for.

 

7. 

  • Name: Zealous Conscripts
  • Rarity: Rare
  • Birthplace: Avacyn Restored
  • Reason for Nomination: Because they're the surprise you won't like.

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 Category E: Outstanding Mono-Green ETB Creature, CMC 5

 The nominees are: 

1. 

  • Name: Acidic Slime
  • Rarity: Uncommon
  • Birthplace: Magic 2010
  • Reason for Nomination: Because it's one of the most influential green creatures ever printed.

 

2. 

  • Name: Deranged Hermit
  • Rarity: Rare
  • Birthplace: Urza's Legacy
  • Reason for Nomination: Because squirrels, dude!

 

3. 

  • Name: Indrik Stomphowler
  • Rarity: Uncommon
  • Birthplace: Dissension
  • Reason for Nomination: Because it's Acidic Slime for those who can't renounce a bigger body.

 

4. 

 

5. 

  • Name: Stingerfling Spider
  • Rarity: Uncommon
  • Birthplace: Magic 2012
  • Reason for Nomination: Because it kills all that green can kill.

 

6. 

  • Name: Thragtusk
  • Rarity: Rare
  • Birthplace: Magic 2013
  • Reason for Nomination: Because those beasts are truly delicious.

 

7. 

  • Name: Titania, Protector of Argoth
  • Rarity: Mythic Rare
  • Birthplace: Commander 2014
  • Reason for Nomination: Because she's the queen of the fetchlands.

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 Category F: Outstanding Colorless or Multicolored ETB Creature, CMC 5

 The nominees are: 

1. 

  • Name: Precursor Golem
  • Rarity: Rare
  • Birthplace: Scars of Mirrodin
  • Reason for Nomination: Because it's discount Golems!

 

2. 

  • Name: Leveler
  • Rarity: Rare
  • Birthplace: Mirrodin
  • Reason for Nomination: Because it's a riddle you have to solve.

 

3. 

 

4. 

  • Name: Obzedat, Ghost Council
  • Rarity: Mythic Rare
  • Birthplace: Gatecrash
  • Reason for Nomination: Because they're as elusive... as ghosts.

 

5. 

  • Name: Sky Hussar
  • Rarity: Uncommon
  • Birthplace: Dissension
  • Reason for Nomination: Because Kiki-Jiki loves him.

 

6. 

  • Name: Sphinx Summoner
  • Rarity: Rare
  • Birthplace: Conflux
  • Reason for Nomination: Because it's a flash mob of Sphinges.

 

7. 

  • Name: The Mimeoplasm
  • Rarity: Mythic Rare
  • Birthplace: Commander
  • Reason for Nomination: Because it's the combo Clone.

Time to cast your vote!

 You can first review specific profiles here: White, Blue, Black, Red, Green, Colorless or Multicolored


And the winners are...!

 Outstanding Mono-White First Striker: Thalia, Guardian of Thraben!

 Runner-up: Mirran Crusader

 

 Outstanding Mono-Red First Striker: Ash Zealot!

 Runner-up: Blood Knight

 

 Outstanding Mono-Black First Striker: Vampire Hexmage!

 Runner-ups: Black KnightPhyrexian Crusader

 

 Outstanding Blue First Striker: Rafiq of the Many!

 Runner-up: Drogskol Reaver

 

 Outstanding Green First Striker: Glissa, the Traitor!

 Runner-ups: Mirri, Cat WarriorSavageborn Hydra

 

 Most Voted Card: Thalia, Guardian of Thraben!

 Runner-ups: Ash ZealotGlissa, the Traitor

 

CONGRATULATIONS!

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