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Murderous Spoils 
Darksteel Uncommon

Reviewed April  2, 2004

Constructed: 1.5
Casual: 2
Limited: 3.2

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* game store owner in CA, ShuffleAndCut

This is actually a pretty fun card except for one thing... it's WAY overcosted to ever see any constructed play. In casual play, I can only see this if you have an opponent that is playing an Equipment crazy deck that you need to deal with.

Limited is another story, though.  This card is actually pretty amazing in draft or sealed.  Creature destruction is always nice, and now you have the chance to whack some equipment while you're at it. Even better, its only exclusion is black creatures.  It CAN hit artifact creatures, unlike traditional black removal. Nice, and necessary in Mirrodin environments. A mid to higher pick.

Constructed: 2
Casual: 2
Limited: 4
Current Price: Murderous Spoils $0.59


Judge Bill

*Level 2
MTG Judge

*game store employee

Another good removal card to end the week. The upside on this card isn't nearly as good as the upside on the card from Wednesday, but you play this because it fills the need and occasionally gets you the bonus. Which means this is another limited only card, as it is much too expensive for any form of constructed (serious or casual).
Constructed: 1
Casual: 1
Limited: 3.5


* game store owner (The Game Closet - Waco,TX)

* pro tour player

* Scrye writer since 2002

Murderous Spoils
This card has very little value to constructed players.  If you are looking at building a deck, stay away from this card.
However, for limited players...well, I would definitely give this card some consideration.  There are definitely many other black cards in the format that you want before this one, but you won't be upset to have this.
Constructed: 1
Casual: 1.5
Limited: 3

Jeff Zand

5 Time Pro Tour

Level 2 Judge

Murderous Spoils
This card is Betrayal of Flesh, and then some. Actually, in limited, this
card is probably not as good as Betrayal of Flesh most of the time, but
where an Entwined Betrayal is going to create a very nice two-for-one card
advantage for you, Murderous Spoils has been known to net you three or even
FOUR-to-one card advantage. The cool thing about equipment, when its on the
other side of the board, is that it is only dangerous to you when it is on
one of your opponent's creatures. Murderous Spoils takes care of that
situation, killing the creature (probably a secondary consideration when you
actually Entwine this spell) and stealing ALL the equipment that was
attached to the targeted creature. This is a win-win situation. Except for
your opponent. For him, it's more of a lose-lose. This card is constructed
worthy as a sideboard option against equipment-laden decks.
CASUAL:              3.0
LIMITED:              4.0

Ray "Monk"
* Level 3 DCI Judge
*DCI Tournament Organizer
*Game Store Owner (Gamer's Edge)

Murderous Spoils


It's another vastly over costed removal spell! One has to wonder if they printed Terror in this block if for no other reason than to point out how badly costed all of the other removal cards in the set are. This card at least has some unbelievable abilities to turn around a game in limited, killing your opponentís creature and stealing their Loxodon Warhammer or whatever.  The card is playable in limited, but past that, just not worth it.


Constructed:                 1

Casual:                         1

Limited:                        3


* Level 1 DCI Judge

*game store employee

* gaming for over 15 years
Murderous Spoils

Okay on Wednesday we reviewed Betrayal of Flesh which has the same cost and I said it was too much. Now this does almost the same thing except for steeling the equipment which makes me like the card a lot more. In limited I really do like to have this card. Its so fun to kill you opponents creature and get their bomb equipment card. In constructed it still has little value to me and in casual Im sure there are a dozen other spells I would play to kill creatures.

Constructed 1.5

Casual 1.5

Limited 2.5



2 Grand Prix Top 8's

Multiple Pro Tour appearances

Murderous Spoils


Again, six-cost removal spells do not really have much of a place in constructed.  This is considerably worse than Betrayal simply because of the lack of ability to use it as a reanimation strategy.  I donít really see a way to use this when you have access to so much cheaper, better removal in black anyway.


Same thing goes for casual play.  Then again, itís probably even worse because of the lack of useful equipment in group games and such.  Once again, for B5, you probably just need to look to something like Tsaboís Decree of maybe even Twisted Abomination; Iím not sure if itís exciting outside of those.


This isnít quite the bomb that Betrayal of Flesh is, but itís still very good.  It isnít as likely to make me jump up and splash it, but stealing any equipment from your opponent is very good, and the opportunity to grab something like Bonesplitter or Morningstar, or (even more painful) a Skullclamp makes this a super-solid card, and a high pick in draft.


Constructed:  1.5

Casual:  2.5

Limited:  3.5


Secret Squirrel on the

Murderous Spoils
In Constructed, I doubt people will be piling up the equipment on 1 creature so much that you would pay 3 mana to have it for yourself. What will you get? A Skullclamp? But you should already have that in your deck. And if youíre not playing creatures (control) then you donít need the equipment.

In Limited itís a different story. Any equipment you can take will be useful. Plus itís an instant, so theyíll have to sit back and watch their creature be buried. Still, people wonít put all their equipment on creatures because it usually becomes wasted mana. And this costs 6 mana. Itís not that bad, mainly cause itís removal, but itís fairly expensive.

Constructed: 2
Casual: 3
Limited: 2.5

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