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Pillar Tombs of Aku 
Visions Rare

Reviewed August 6, 2003

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Pillar Tombs of Aku

Constructed: 2
Limited: 1.5
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Uh.... 'dunno man.  Just seems like one of those totally random cards that Wizards always does a quota of in each set. There are tons of cards more deserving of a slot in a constructed deck for 4 mana. As a one time loss of 5 life for your opponent (it's going to happen right off, unless they have an endless production of token creatures somehow), this card just says, target opponent loses 5 life.  Maybe in some casual deck, but nothing in serious decks.

In limited, it's... filler I suppose.

Constructed: 1.75
Limited: 1.5

Judge Bill

Pillar Tombs of Aku
This card is interesting. It either forces each player to sacrifice a creature during their upkeep or pay 5 life to get rid of this. The sacrifice isn't mandatory - you can take the 5 life it instead. I imagine this would be part of a cool casual deck that had Breeding Pits and other token generators in it, but other than that, since it's only type 1 legal, people will just play The Abyss instead.
In limited, too random of an effect to rely on.
Casual Constructed: 3
Limited: 1.25

Tyler Grund

Pillar Tombs of Aku:

Now this is a card that not too many of the young players have probably ever
seen. Back in the day of Visions this card was a beautful way of putting
pressure on the opponent. Late game, when they usually can't afford the 5
life, it becomes a great re-occuring Diabolic Edict.  You just break it by
playing creatures that don't mind the graveyard like a cleric with Rotlung
Reanimator out and throw the tough choice right back at them. Tombs can also
be very powerfull againts Decks with little to no creatures, with a
guarenteed 5 in their face.

In limited, creature kill=good or 5 life=good.........its good. It would be
just fun to slowly watch all the little guys get sacked back and forth for a
while until someone bites the 5:) But then again, good luck finding a
Visions Limited Draft!

Constructed: 4
Limited: 4

 Van Zandt

Pillar tombs of Aku
"Your opponent loses five life during whichever upkeep is most convenient to
them."  That's what this card reads, at best.  For 4 mana, and you not
gaining any life along with it...  simply not strong enough in most decks. 
It would be a beat-down card... except it goes against the beat-down
strategy in general.  so there you are.
constructed - 2
limited - 1.5

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