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Demonic Consultation 
Ice Age Uncommon

Reviewed June 30, 2003

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Demonic Consultation

Constructed: 4.5
Limited: 1.5
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Wow! 1 Black, and I can burn through a few cards and get what I need! What a great deal, right?

Well, usually....but sometimes playing with the dark side bites you in the butt...

Okay, I actually beat a guy playing Illusions Donate at an Extended PTQ because of a Demonic Consultation gone bad on his part. I was playing Sligh (I had only been playing Magic for 2 months at that time...I ended up Top 8'ing as the first seed). He Consulted, naming Swamp. He flipped the first 6 cards, and blew through 2 of his 3 Donates doing so. Then, as he flipped looking for his Swamp, he hit his 3rd Donate. It was game 3, and he scooped, since he then had no way of winning the game. Nice.  And that, ladies and gentleman, gives you the dark side of using Demonic Consultation. Yes, Consulting for a Swamp should have been a safe call, but poop happens, as the above incident relates. And it happened to a Pro Tour know that guy CRIED when he realized how many ratings points he was losing to a scrubby girl with about a 1630 rating at the time. Hehe...

In limited, when you're playing a lot of "one ofs" this card can be a boon or the death of you. Name your bomb, but if it's at or near the bottom of the deck...bad times. If it's near the middle, good times. If it's at the top, bad times. That's too many bad times for me. (I heard decking is a bad thing...)

Constructed: 4
Limited: 1

Judge Bill

This was restricted in Type 1 due to the Tutor effect. In its day in Type 2 and Extended, though, it acted like the tutor it was, with the occasional fact that it might remove your win condition in the process. I won quite a few games where they Consulted away all their Donates.
But, this is today. Having this restricted in the only format that it can be played in, along with the fact that there are much better tutors available in that format anyway, and I'll pass.
In limited, this is WAY too risky. It removes over 1/6 of your deck to start, and since you typically only have 1 of the given card you would Consult for, there's a high likelyhood that you'll lose right away to it being in those 6 cards. Pass.
Constructed: 1.5
Limited: 1


Demonic Consultation, along with Demonic Tutor, is simply the best. In the decks that need it the disadvantage shouldn't ever be a problem. As a cheap instant this card is just too good.

Constructed - One of the best, IMHO - 5.00

Limited - A decent chance you will ditch the card you name, still not bad - 3.75

PEZ - For Aggro/Control, Suicide, and even Discard this is an all-star - 5.00

Scott Sager
Demonic Consultation
Easy rule the DCI follows, if it has Demonic in the title it should be banned or restricted (Ex.Demonic Tutor, Demonic Consultation, Demonic Attorney).     
OK, this one definitely deserves to be on the restricted list.  An instant speed Demonic Tutor for one Black mana with a small drawback of removing at least six cards off the top of your library from the game.  Any player who knows their deck should be able to abuse this card as stated above.  Worst case scenario is you don't pay attention to what you've used and name a card you only have one or two copies of left in your deck and unfortunately remove them from the game and lose or you are faced with a situation where you need one card to bail you out of a no win scenario and you pull that card in your first six (you were going to lose anyway right).  More often than not Consult gets you the card you need when you need it.
Constructed:  4.5
Limited: Unless you name a basic land, don't even think about it.

 Van Zandt

Demonic Consultation
Another one mana instant spell, but this one doesn't lose you card
advantage, and it also gets you whatever you want.  Its drawback is rarely a
drawback,  unless you have to cast multiples in a single game,  then it can
get risky.  Arguably the best tutor... except in limited, where it's
uncastable, except to fetch a land... which means unplayable.
constructed 4
limited 1

Danny Tatro

Demonic Consultation

      This card is just really good. Combo decks used to abuse this card left and right. Necro-Donate was the all time high abuse with this card. Killing people in a silly amount of turns with Force of Will being your only hope to stop it, which they also had.

      In limited this card is nowhere as good, since most likely you'll deck yourself using it.

Constructed: 4.5
Limited: 1

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