Polygon Unveils The Meathook Massacre, Memory Deluge From Innistrad: Midnight Hunt

Black gets a unique sweeper and blue gets a new Dig Through Time variant.

Courtesy of Wizards of the Coast (WotC) and Polygon, check out a new legendary enchantment that packs quite the punch from Innistrad: Midnight Hunt — The Meathook Massacre!

There is a lot going on with The Meathook Massacre, so let’s dive in.

When The Meathook Massacre enters the battlefield, each creature gets -X-X until end of turn.

Whenever a creature you control dies, each opponent loses 1 life.

Whenever a creature an opponent controls dies, you gain 1 life.

To kick things off you get a scaling mass removal spell that gets better the later the game goes. On top of that, The Meathook Massacre stays on the battlefield and generates life for you as opponents’ creatures die and chips away at opponents’ life totals when your creatures die.

With all the abilities on this card, it can fill many roles from sweeper, win condition, or combo enabler. It also shows off new design space by making a non-traditional mass removal spell.

Polygon also previewed a new draw spell with flashback — Memory Deluge.

Check out this new take on Dig Through Time that gets better the second time you cast it.

Look at the Top X cards of your library, where X is the amount of mana spent to cast this spell. Put two of them into your hand and the rest on the bottom of your library in a random order.

Flashback 5UU

For four mana you get a draw two that looks at the top four cards of your deck and for seven mana you get the best two cards out of the top seven. At instant-speed, Memory Deluge will fit perfectly into a control deck.

Lastly, take a look at a new modal removal spell — Cathartic Pyre.

Now your two-mana removal spell can go after planeswalkers as well as creatures while having another mode when three damage just doesn’t cut it. Adding a looting effect to a removal spell gives it utility in matchups where three damage isn’t relevant while also being able to slot into many archetypes like combo or aggro.

What do you think of The Meathook Massacre and the other previews from Polygon? Which card are you most excited to try out?

Innistrad: Midnight Hunt is currently scheduled for release on September 24. View our official preview gallery.