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Onslaught Common

Reviewed April 24, 2003

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Constructed: 2
Limited: 3.5
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Though it has an interesting concept behind it and can be useful in a few situations, in general, Backslide just doesn't make the cut, even in limited. Forget constructed.  In limited, I might bring it in from the sideboard if I needed the tricks, for instance, my opponent is playing a lot of high cost for morph creatures.  That could give me the opportunity to unmorph it when they don't have the mana to re-flip it so I can block and kill it. But those situations just aren't common enough to warrent maindecking this card. Yes, it does cycle, so that's a plus if you're already going blue, and I might play it just for the cycle ability if I had a couple really good bombs in my deck that I was trying to get to fast. Otherwise, there are probably some better picks for the slot.

Constructed: 1.1
Limited: 2

Judge Bill

Before Legions, this was pure crap. Now, people will try to use this to get another morph trigger out of their morph creature. And they will find out that this is still crap, since all of the morph trigger creatures are crap in constructed.
In limited, the reuse of a morph trigger might be nice. But I hope I wouldn't ever have to play this in my deck.
Constructed: 1
Limited: 1.5

 Van Zandt

Ok, it cycles for one mana so you can always consider including it, and
every once in a while you can morph down their dude during combat, or
remorph your skinthinner, or somesuch.  In constructed, all it has going for
it is it's cheap cycling cost,  which is not enough to let it see play.
constructed 1.2
limited 3.1


Backslide has some good potential with the right combos and if not it can always Cycle. I like it, plus the art tickles me.


Constructed – Useful for the ‘when morphed’ abilities – 2.75


Limited – Lots of morph here, could be really useful with good timing – 3.00


PEZ – Morph is little used in this format – 1.50

Danny Tatro


       In constructed it has cycling... but thats nothing.

       In limited it has cycling for one U, which is good for deck thinning. It a weird situation the abililty can do something, but it almost never does. If I usually land up needed some filler cards, this is a good cheap choice. Getting deeper faster is always a good thing when its cheap.

       Constructed: 1
       Limited: 1.5



Backslide is one of my favorites, because it has three major uses in limited
that can help you out.  First of all, it flips morph creatures face down...
again.  Great against things like Exalted Angels and Firecats, because, at
least early in the game, it makes them easier to handle (Remember that if
you use Backslide on such creatures, make sure they can't turn around and
morph it again...)  Surprisingly, instances where flipping a creature face
down come up more often than not, making Backslide useful.

It also cycles for one mana if needed.  Really helpful since it isn't lead
weight in your hand if it isn't needed.

This card also allows you to turn your Morph-Effect creatures face down
again, and to make their abilities useful again.

In constructed, it's not that good, but makes for nice sideboard in some

Constructed - 2.0/5.0 (Perhaps a little high, but I maintain that there's a
use for this card.)
Limited - 3.5/5.0 (Annoys opponents by making them waste mana, may help kill
creatures,  can fog all but 2 damage in an attack, and can allow you to
break Morph-Effect creatures like Echo Tracer.)

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