Top 5 Seven-Mana 7/7s – Riley Ranks

Magic is full of iconic creatures of all kinds, large and small. Given this, I wondered to myself what the most iconic creature at each stat line and mana value is – so I decided to do my research and try to come up with definitive lists for each creature with square stats (1/1, 2/2, etc.) with equivalent mana values! This time around, we’re looking at seven-mana 7/7s!



Header - 5. Toxrill, the Corrosive

Perhaps this is just a bit of recency bias creeping into this list, but Toxrill feels like it deserves a position on this list as the latest addition to the rogue’s gallery of completely and utterly unbeatable Limited bombs. It might not be as brutally oppressive as Pack Rat or Umezawa’s Jitte, given that it costs seven mana rather than two, but if your opponent ever slams this legendary Slug into play, it’s probably going to be lights out. 

Crimson Vow is a bomb-heavy format at the best of times, and this is one of the bombiest bombs you’ll ever come across. According to 17Lands, It’s second only in pick rate to Sorin the Mirthless – people do love planeswalkers – and is one of the most “winningest” cards in the entire format (beaten out by the likes of Wedding Announcement and Halana and Alena, Partners, and there’s no shame in that).

It’s a shame that Slug tribal isn’t really possible at the moment, given Toxrill would be completely bonkers as a commander. Only eight Slugs have ever been printed, not including Unhinged’s Rocket-Powered Turbo Slug, and only four of them can be put into a Toxril EDH deck. Wizards, give the people what they want: a Slug-themed set!


Header - 4. Nezahal, Primal Tide

We mentioned Nezahal last week while talking about uncounterable spells, as it’s one of those huge, uncounterable blue finishers that was brought in from Standard sideboards to break open mirror matches. Not only is it uncounterable, it has flash, a self-protection ability and a built-in card advantage engine. 

Add to that the fact that it will kill an opponent in three hits, and it’s clear to see that Nezahal is ready to party and get control mirrors done and dusted. Outside of that, well… it’s too clunky and narrow to do much work, really. I looked up Nezahal’s EDH stats and while there are some sweet wheel-based decks built around it, I think Nezahal’s best days are behind it. 


Header - 3. Serra's Emissary

Serra’s Emissary has done something very, very difficult since it was printed in Modern Horizons 2 – it has managed to eclipse over 25 years’ worth of reanimation targets to be immediately included in reanimator decks across not just Historic, but also Modern and Legacy. There are so, so many options to choose from, so the fact that Serra’s Emissary is included in these decks is remarkable. 

Against creature decks, this card is nigh-impossible to beat. They can’t attack or block effectively while it’s out, and if they can’t remove a 7/7 then they’re not going to get anywhere fast. In Historic, there’s something immensely satisfying about cheating a Serra’s Emissary into play against Goblins, Elves or Angels, and watching them pause, think and then concede. 

Admittedly, in Modern at least, Serra’s Emissary plays second fiddle to Archon of Cruelty, and isn’t included in all Reanimator lists, but it’s a consistent inclusion in Legacy Reanimator – in Legacy, think of that – alongside the best of the best, Griselbrand himself. Sorry, Iona, Elesh Norn, Inkwell Leviathan and Ashen Rider – Serra’s Emissary is the new hotness, a main deck reanimation target that can lock people out immediately. 


Header - 2. Tiamat

The competition to be the best Dragon commander is fierce. There are so many legendary dragons, from Lathliss to Atarka to Bladewing the Risen – but many EDH dragon fans want to play all five colors. As a result, for years people have relied upon The Ur-Dragon and its Scion (there’s also O-Kagachi, I suppose, and Morophon for the truly uninventive) to lead their Dragon decks – until now. 

Tiamat, printed just this year in Adventures in the Forgotten Realms, has catapulted up to second place amongst all the Dragon commanders, not just amongst the five-color options! I mean, it’s unsurprising – for seven mana, you don’t only get a beefy 7/7 flyer, but also a quintuple tutor for the five best Dragons in your deck!

With so many Dragons having been printed over the years that all have so many different effects, Tiamat can help sculpt the perfect hand to deal with whatever ridiculous EDH board state you need to address. It’s amazing for such a new card like Tiamat to have such a huge impact on a very established archetype in a very established format! 


Header - 1. Lord of the Pit

The very first seven-mana 7/7 dates all the way back to Alpha, and it’s an absolute classic. Lord of the Pit does precisely what a good Demon should – offers you great power with significant cost. Lord of the Pit demands tribute every turn, and if you can’t pay the blood price with one of your creatures, you pay it with your life total. 

These days, we expect more from our seven-mana demons. For instance, Crimson Vow’s Dreadfeast Demon also demands tribute, but rewards you for sacrificing your creatures to it by replicating itself, and wouldn’t dream of dinging you for seven should you refuse to make an offering. I know it’s a better card in a vacuum, but to be honest, Lord of the Pit feels more… Demon-y, with its downside. 

Demons like Rune-Scarred Demon or Overseer of the Damned make it too easy for us, these days, offering a lot of power without any real downside. In my opinion, cards like Lord of the Pit, with their built in tension between power and price, are a lot more interesting – even if Lord of the Pit doesn’t really live up to today’s standards. All the same, it’s a classic card, an icon from Magic’s early days, and one of the sweetest seven-mana 7/7s ever printed. 


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