Triumph of the Hordes is a perfect example of an "oops, I win" card. It decimates blocking creatures with -1/-1 counters and tramples over to give opponents the required 10 or more poison counters to take them out of the game. That's not even to mention the +1/+1 boost it gives your creatures.
What's most impressive about Triumph of the Hordes is that its demand is almost entirely based on EDH play. It sees play in a wide variety of decks, most of which are not remotely built around the Infect Mechanic. Titania, Protector of Argoth is the Commander who uses Triumph of the Horde most in the competitive EDH (cEDH) environment. But, many other Commanders can find a way to work it into a “go wide” gameplan.
The top ten Commanders that use Triumph of the Hordes, according to EDHREC, are:
- Edric, Spymaster of Trest
- Hapatra, Vizier of Poisons
- Multani, Maro-Sorcerer
- Melira, Sylvok Outcast
- Jolrael, Empress of Beasts
- Seshiro the Anointed
- Baru, Fist of Krosa
- Sekki, Seasons’ Guide
- Ezuri, Renegade Leader
At just four Mana, it's a bit surprising that we haven't seen this card in more go-wide strategies in Modern. Occasionally, someone will slip it in. It's actually quite a mean card. Triumph is actually a miserable way for an opponent to lose a game.
What do you think of Triumph of the Hordes?