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Decree of Pain 
Scourge Rare

Reviewed August 20, 2003

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Decree of Pain is an expensive yet insane Wrath of God for black, done one better. You get to draw a card for each creature destroyed this way. As long as you're not putting yourself in danger of decking, the ability to draw to replace your cards is game breaking. While I think this may be too slow for a current constructed build, this card is CRAZY good in limited. It's very common to make it to 8 mana in a limited game, and this card will turn the game on it's end and spill the favor into your court if you can pull it off.

Constructed: 3.25
Limited: 4.75
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Judge Bill

Decree of Pain
This is the one Decree that is most likely to be cast straight up. You can either cycle this, give everybody -2/-2, and draw one card, or you can cast this, kill everybody, and draw a bunch of cards. Once Wake and Mutilate rotate out, you might see a lot more of this, as this is actually a pretty good card for black to have in its arsenal.
In limited, this thing is just insane. Just be careful not to deck yourself out with this. :)
Constructed: 4
Limited: 5

Tyler Grund

Decree of Pain

On to the black version. You can expect the black Decree to not only be
powerful, but ruthless as well. In this case, its both.  I really like
Decree of Pain since it gives black a true to life Wrath of God with a HUGE
cantrip attached. Unlike the Decree of Silence, 8 mana to hard cast this
sorcery is far from a bad number. This is a card used only in late game, and
waiting until 8th turn to wipe the board and grab yourself a hand full of
cards is fine by me. Until now, all black really had for mass removal is the
-x/-x ability, or tricky sacking and choosing, or sacrificing enchantments,
but with a no strings attached "wrath" this makes one of my top picks of the

The cycling ability is just as useful. They chose to have it cost only 5
mana and I personaly think its one mana UNDERcosted. a -2/-2 to all
creatures at instant speed will amost certainly wipe a board clean in the
current environment. Since it sees no color, it effects all creatures and
thats powerful. To top it all off, you get to draw a card. So, kill what you
can at the oppents end turn, draw a card, then untap and start your
turn...its like you just wished a bunch of the x/2 creatures to dissappear
and they did without you doing anything:)

In limited, this card is sick. Its creature removal to the max. This card
would make me go black...probably top pick.

Constructed: 4.2
Limited: 4.4


Some really cool black mass destruction cards are Decree of Pain and Plague
Wind. Both are really effective cards, but which one matters on how your
deck works. If you generally dont want a lot of creatures out, Pain is your
thing. Or if your deck is creature heavy, Plague Wind is effective. Decree
of Pain's cycle is great. It lets you kill all the little creatures and draw
a card at instant speed. Perfect to take care of those elves soldiers.

Decree of Pain
Casual Rating: 4

 Van Zandt

Decree of Pain
Cantripping Infest for a couple more mana is well worth it in many decks, 
but after seeing the power of this spell hard-cast... in limited and in
constructed, this spell wins games.  It should, at it's mana cost,  but
constructed 3.6
limited 3.5

Danny Tatro

Decree of Pain

       This is a good one, but in constructed its just too freakin expensive! The cycling however is good, but most people just play infest. You are paying 2 more mana for the cantrip...
       In limited its insane. The cycling is excellent, and if you somehow cast it- it literally says: "You win the game."

Construced: 2.5
Limited: 5

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