Cut Down Versus Fatal Push in Vintage
- on Aug 31, 2022
Cut Down is out on Magic Online soon.
Destroy target creature with total power and toughness 5 or less.
My gut instinct was that it is better for Doomsday than Fatal Push. So let's look at some data.
Here's the number of creatures Fatal Push can get itself, then with Revolt, and Cut Down's numbers. Second column is creatures they cannot hit. Third column is for Cut Down only. Some creatures it can and cannot hit based on certain conditions.
Now let's do some comparisons.
Creatures Fatal Push (No Revolt) Can Kill but Cut Down Cannot
Creatures Fatal Push with Revolt Can Kill and Cut Down Cannot
Vengevine, Oko's Elks, Leovold, Emissary of Trest
Creatures Fatal Push (No Revolt) Can Kill and Cut Down Conditionally Can
Urza's Saga Constructs, Basking Rootwalla, Tarmogoyf, Patchwork Automaton, Walking Ballista, Unlicensed Hearse, Arcbound Ravager, Luminarch Aspirant
Additional Creatures Fatal Push with Revolt Can Hit and Cut Down Conditionally Can
Monastery Mentor, Laelia, the Blade Reforged
Creatures Cut Down Can Always Kill but Fatal Push (No Revolt) Cannot
Hullbreacher, Opposition Agent, Archon of Emeria, Urza, Lord High Artificer, Lurrus of the Dream-Den, Balustrade Spy, Undercity Informer, Foundry Inspector, Brazen Borrower
Creatures Cut Down Can Always Kill but Fatal Push without Revolt Cannot
Fatal Push with Revolt is always going to work. But how often do we trigger Revolt? Doomsday has eight or nine fetches and Black Lotus. That's not enough, especially problematic if we need that fetch to kill Opposition Agent. Cut Down gets a large number of creatures that a Revoltless Push cannot, but how many matter? I'd say Hullbreacher, Opposition Agent, and Archon of Emeria are more than enough. We want to kill them as soon as possible.
What do we miss out on? Leovold, Emissary of Trest and most Constructs. Leovold is already pretty bad to hit with Push as they will draw a card. We want to Force Leovold or win before they are able to cast him. If we are pushing Constructs we're in a bad position already.
I say it's clear that Cut Down is the obvious choice for Doomsday going forward. Other decks, it depends on how often triggering Revolt matters for you.
I'll be in the draft queues as soon as possible trying go get my hands on a playset. My notifications are also set so I can grab foils in paper as soon as possible.
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