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Pojo's Magic The Gathering
Card of the Day

Tainted AEther
7th Edition

"If Braids wasn't in Type II, you might be seeing a lot more of this card.'" -Doctor Mackerel

Pojo's Average Rating -
Constructed: 2.08 (6 Reviews)
Limited: 1.17  (6 Reviews)
Reviewed April 18, 2002

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When you have to go look up a card before rating it, its never very good.  I
have never actually seen Tainted Aether in play, ever.  In limited, its only
good if you're already winning.  I can imagine in constructed its alright,
but again still only good if you're already winning.  A 1.5 in both.


Honest truth here...I never played a SINGLE game with Tainted Aether.  Not in limited nor Constructed.

That tells you how I feel about it.

Constructed: 1
Limited: 1


If it just weren't 4CC.  Maybe at 2 it would be playable, possibly even at 3.  At 4, you're getting your dome smacked hard by the time it comes down; your opponents don't even need to cast anything else.  I could see decks built around this concept, but I don't see them being great decks.  
In limited, it's total trash.  End of Story

Constructed - 2.5
Limited - 1
Current Price - $2.25



If Braids wasn't in Type II, you might be seeing a lot more of this card.
It's your typical Black combo card, affecting both players equally, so you
have to build your deck to optimise its uses.

In constructed, there are more efficient options. Still, it'd be a nice dark
horse, and quite tricky to deal with compared to Braids. In limited play you
just won't be able to make Tainted Aether help rather than hinder.

Constructed - 3
Limited - 1.5

Andrew Chapman

The funny thing is that I used this card not very long
ago.  It can prove to be very hindering against
certain creature oriented decks when you are playing a
deck that has very few, if any.  Meaning?  Consider
this for a sideboard card for mono-black control.  You
might be surprised to find what you see.

In Limited, this strategy just wouldn't work, unless
you have managed to draft a lot of burn or other ways
of winning besides turning critters sideways.

Constructed: 3 (it shows sideboard potential)
Limited: 1 (it shows no potential)


Let me say right up front I have never used this card. It doesn't much fit my style and I have never been a big believer in enchantments that cost 4 and hurt you as bad as your opponent. I know this was in a few sideboards at Regionals, but I never saw one actually in play. I won't say it sucks because I am sure somewhere in the teeming millions I am sure someone has a deck that makes this card really good. If you do send it to me and I'll write about it. Otherwise I'll say it is a very narrow constructed card and I can think of no good use for it in limited.
Constructed-1.5 (It's good for someone's deck)
Limited 1 (cus zero is not allowed)

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