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Ambition's Cost 
8th Edition, Portal 3

Reviewed July 7, 2003

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Judge Bill

To start off the week, we have a card from Portal: Three Kingdoms that is in 8th Edition. In 8th, we now have 2 cards that will let you draw 3 cards for 4 mana - this and Concentrate. You get a reduced color requirement with this (only one black compared with 2 blue in Concentrate), but you have to pay 3 life with this, which is right in line with the flavor of a black card drawing card. I predict this will see quite a bit of play in constructed, as not having to dip into the worst color in 8th Edition and still being able to draw cards will be a good thing.
In limited, this is a no brainer. You almost always played Inspiration if you were blue in 7th drafts, and you get 3 cards instead of 2 for this.
Constructed: 4
Limited: 4


Ambition's Cost is just cool since it was in the Romance of the Three Kingdoms set and I am a huge fan of the book and the setting. Besides that, the card is simply amazing - 4 mana = 3 Cards. The life loss doesn't really matter. That is just amazing!

Constructed - Just such a good deal at such a small price - 4.25

Limited - More cards is just more good - 4.25


Hi all. This is my first card of the day review here, so I better introduce my self quickly. I haven't been playing mtg for a long time. 7th rotating out is my first rotation. So exciting!! I mainly play casual magic, which I define as: Using cards that are not tournament worthy, using cards for their "cool" factor, or using cards that are not allowed in a certain format. So my reviews will be based on those three things. So, on to the review.

Ambition's Cost. I think this is a fine card. Being able to draw cards is pretty much always a good thing. Necropotence is the best black card drawing engine, but then again paying 4 mana and 3 life is a fair cost to draw 3 cards. Card advantage is important. This would be a fine addition to a casual black deck.

Although....There is a similar card that usually works better, Skeletal Scrying.

Skeletal Scrying is usually a better card since it can play at instant speed compared to the Ambition's sorcery speed, you can pay more or less to adapt drawing and life loss to your needs, but then again you need to have cards in your graveyard to play it, and you need to remove them, so with Ambition's Cost you don't need to have cards in your graveyard so it can be played sooner then Skeletal Scrying.

Ambition's Cost
Casual Rating: 3.4


 Van Zandt

Ambition's Cost
It's 4 mana for 3 cards (same as concentrate but with a life cost too), it's
a sorcery, and in general, phyrexian arena is better. But this still might
see some play (especially in limited), card drawing is card drawing, and
since blue tends to monopolize it, other colors often take what they can
limited 3.6
constructed 3

Danny Tatro

       Ambition's Cost

       This week is going to be an interesting spread of picks. First off some nice 8th edition cards coming from portals, which are pretty cool.

       Alot of portal's cards are really good. Most people think portals is just for little kids, but some of the cards are nuts. In every set they have a Mogg fanatic like soldier creature, and much more. Some cards are way sub par though. This of course is one of the really good ones. R&D said its supposed to be the "black concentrate" but it may land up being a over-powered T2 ancestral. Although it doesn't look like its going to make any T2 god-like decks its certainly a very good card for black to gain in any format.

       In limited I'd play this in a heartbeat. 4 mana for 3 cards... and you lose 3 life, which the loss of life is of no consequence. Fact or Fiction was really good in draft, and this will be about as good as a sorcery version can get.

Constructed: 4
Limited: 4

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