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Cabal Ritual

Cabal Ritual

Torment - Common
1B - Instant
Add BBB to your mana pool
Threshold - Instead add BBBBB to your mana pool

Pojo's Average Rating -
Constructed: 2.28 (9 Reviews)
Limited: 1.64 (8 Reviews)
Reviewed February 19, 2002

Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale
1 being the worst.  3 ... average.  
5 is the highest rating.



It ain't no Dark Ritual.

Constructed: 3
Limited: 1.1


I'm sure someone will break this.  Until then, its not very good.  When they
do, it will most likely be very good.  Until broken, a 1.  When broken, a 5.


What was WOTC thinking? Someone is going to find a way to abuse the hell out of this, and I'm pretty sure it'll be using Urza's Rage to the dome.
Cabal Rating: *whisper whisper*
Limited Rating: 1
Constructed Rating: 3


Limited *
Constructed ***

Is it as good as Dark Ritual?  No.  Will it see play?  More than likely.

In limited neither ritual will ever be worthwhile.  In constructed Cabal Ritual has potential as an accelerant to achieve certain combo's... like playing an early Twilights Call when you have 3 Laquatus's Champion in your grave thanks to Buried Alive.  Other than a few decks that REALLY need the speed boost you're better off without.  Would make for one heckuva "giant growth" for your Nantuko Shade if you can attain Threshold!


Adding mana was always nice.  It's certainly a nice switchoff from Dark Ritual.  Early, its not broken like Dark Ritual was.  Late, it's more so.  The trick will be to see if anyone comes up with a good use for it.  I don't know.  I'll give it a tentative 2 in constructed with potential up to a 4 or 4.5.

In limited, it's uses are pretty slim.  If you're trying to splash in some super expensive cards, like Hypnox, or something pretty color intensive, like Shambling Swarm, then it's good.  Outside of that, not really.  Probably about a 1.5 here.


Quick three word analysis:  pile of crap.  Actually, this card will see
play, when it really doesn't deserve to.  This is not Dark Ritual, kiddies,
and don't let anyone tell you otherwise.  It's also a terrible variant, and
with that, I give it a 1.5.  Suicide Black, and most decks with any amount
of black can do without it.  Wizards could have done better, and this card
should have been at least a little faster, like one casting cost with a a
noticable drawback (loss of life, sacrifice a creature, etc).  Sorry, I'd
take something more along the lines of Culling The Weak in extended over
this.  If only we had such options in Type II or block.

In limited, same thing, it's not that crucial.  I'd say it goes between 10th
and 13th pick, and gets played in most decks that play black.I give it a 2
here, because it can be done without.


Well it is certainly no Dark Ritual. Paying 1B for BBB seems like a decent trade but you have to remember that after the first few turns drawing this is usually sub-optimal. The threshold 1B for BBBBB is a good ability to have but if you are playing black, remember that most black decks are going to have their mana pretty well in place by the time threshold becomes relevant.
In limited you have the same problem of drawing this card later in the match but it is maybe a little stronger than in constructed due to the fact that in most current block limited you have a higher mana curve than in constructed.
Overall this card just doesn't have the power to make it very good but it does have certain situational benefits.
Constructed 2
Limited 2.5


Cabal Ritual, while completely different than its Dark
cousin, will see play in numerous decks in the
upcoming type 2 format.  Some will play it thinking it
to be like Dark Ritual, but others will actually find
its real use.  This will be played in combo decks and
fast black decks alike.

In limited, there are hardly any cards that you'd want
this much black mana for.  Don't play it.  Ever.

Constructed: 3
Limited: 1


Limited:**(2 Stars)
Constructed:**(2 Stars)

I really don't care for the "New Dark Ritual" all that
much.  It only gives you a one turn boost on your mana
and doesn't really help too much by the time you hit
Threshold.  Even in Constructed, it's pretty hard to
make a whole lot of good out of the ritual.  We'll see
how Randy Buehler was making turn 2 Threshold sooner
or later.





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