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Reviewed August 19, 2004


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Judge Bill

*Level 2
MTG Judge

*game store employee

Your basic kill card. For 2 mana, you get to hit anything that's not black or an artifact. Unfortunately, not being able to hit an artifact comes into play in all rated formats, since the current block is filled with artifacts. The big deck these days has a lot of artifacts, and if it's not an artifact creature you want to kill, it's a black card (Disciple). If I were to play this effect in constructed, I would pay one more to be able to hit artifacts.
A decent card in casual, as there's always a creature that's problematic.
In limited, it's decent, but not great. I'd pick it early if I saw it, simply because most of the time, it'll hit thier bomb.
Constructed: 3
Casual: 4
Limited: 4

Jeff Zandi

5 Time Pro Tour


Terror is the ORIGINAL kill-a-creature instant. Part of the original edition of Magic: the Gathering, Terror has appeared in the basic set more times than almost any other card. Terror appears in the original Alpha edition, the slightly updated Beta edition, Unlimited, Revised editions and also appeared in fourth, fifth and sixth edition before finally being removed from Magicís basic set. Last fall, in Mirrodin, Terror returned. This was kind of a bad joke, returning Terror in the set where Terror would be ineffective against the LARGEST collection of creatures. Terror can target only non-black, non-artifact creatures, making a card that would NORMALLY be a definite, no brainer pick in limited a somewhat less attractive card.

Donít get me wrong, Terror has remained a very high pick in Mirrodin booster drafts, but Terror would normally be an even higher pick in many other limited formats. In constructed play, Terror has been very popular as a main deck creature eliminator as well as a popular sideboard card from time to time.


Ray "Monk"
* Level 3 DCI Judge
*DCI Tournament Organizer



Terror was the cheap removal spell that defined the rest of removal spells. For two mana you could kill anything that wasnít black or an artifact. For those of you new to Magic, that doesnít seem like much of a big deal since so many creatures are artifacts nowadays, but in the old days, this card and Swords to Plowshares were the only removal spells worth their weight in, er, cardboard. Terror may be severely weakened right now, but its still very good in limited, and a perfectly acceptable casual play kill spell.


Constructed:                 3

Casual:                         3

Limited:                        4 


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

Thursday - Terror

Birds of Paradise - Dead!
Merfolk Looter - Dead!
Furnace Dragon - Dead!
Exalted Angel - Dead!
Sengir Vampire -....

OK, so Terror isn't perfect. It's good in nearly all situations though. It's really cheap cast. It's an instant. It's definitely a good card. There are very few downsides outside of not being able to target a black or artifact creature.

Constructed: 3.5
Casual: 4
Limited: 4.5
Terror --

I was really happy to see Terror making its way back into the Type II scene when Mirrodin released, but now, I realize that Dark Banishing is just an all-around better card. Terror, while once decent, is now almost useless because of the vast amounts of artifact creatures running around. I'll give Terror credit as being a good card in and of itself, but in the Constructed World, it just isn't up to snuff.

In casual play, Terror is the classic kill spell. If you are playing Black, you might as well run Terror. Just hope your buddies aren't running black or artifact decks.

In limited, I'll definitely play Terror every time (assuming my Black is good), but just be aware that there will be games where its a dead card.

Constructed Rating: 2.0
Casual Rating: 3.5
Limited Rating: 3.5

 Van Zandt

One of several cards that I have a strong preference for both the old art and the old card text/font for. It just feels good to plop down something that says "destroy target creature" in a font that's big enough to read from across the room; very demoralizing. A staple black removal spell that most of its counterparts take their cue from, and a solid inclusion in most environments. (mirrodin block notwithstanding)

constructed 3.5 casual 3 limited 3.5


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