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Reviewed August 20, 2004


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Judge Bill

*Level 2
MTG Judge

*game store employee

Cursed Scroll
What can I say ... this is one of those cards that costs too little to play. At a cost of 1 mana, it slips under most counterspells before they can be cast. And it rewards an empty hand, which is one of the things the Sligh deck gets very quickly. There's a reason this card has been played in most formats since it was printed, and there's a reason it's banned in block ... it's just too good. The fact that it's colorless damage is another big bonus against Circles.
Whatever the format, play it. You'll be very happy you did.
Constructed: 5
Casual: 5
Limited: 5

Jeff Zandi

5 Time Pro Tour

Cursed Scroll
Cursed Scroll is one of the most powerful and efficient colorless sources of damage ever. That being the case, the greatness of Cursed Scroll was not immediately evident to Magic players. It basically took the experience of Pro Tour players using the card in highly aggressive red decks for the greater Magic audience to sit up and take notice. Before this card proved itself, there was a commonly held belief that the card was too random, since you could not be sure the effect would yield damage unless you had only one card in hand or if your hand was composed of multiple copies of the same card. The greatest subtle benefit of Cursed Scroll was when players named a card that WAS NOT IN THEIR HAND in order to cause their opponent to believe that the named card WAS in the player’s hand. After all, the point of using Cursed Scroll was to deal damage, which only happened when you named a card that your opponent “found” when he chose one of your cards for you to show to him. When even one of the four remaining cards in your hand was something as scary as Fireblast, naming Fireblast would often cause your opponent to concede, realizing that your mono red burn deck was about to end the game in your favor.


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

Cursed Scroll


Cursed Scroll was one of the first “re-useable removal” cards in Magic, and was considered broken primarily because of the deck it fit best in. Cursed Scroll obviously worked best when you had only one card in your hand, where it was guaranteed to hit. Now, what kind of deck would empty its hand quickly to take advantage of Cursed Scroll? Goblins, perhaps? Suicide Black? Sligh? In other words, Cursed Scroll fit best in the decks that didn’t need more damage, making them even more aggressive and unbeatable than ever before.


Constructed:                 5

Casual:                         2

Limited:                        3 


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

Friday - Cursed Scroll

This card actually revolutionized Magic. It opened everyone eyes. Players no longer thought that all decks needed to conserve cards and have card advantage. This cards rewarded what was popularly considered "poor play." It was great. Even know it is still usable. It's a little slow these days, but it's colorless damage and it's damage that can happen every turn. This is another card that's just great for almost every format.

Constructed: 4.5
Casual: 3
Limited: 4
Cursed Scroll --

I'm not a fan of days when we do really-obviously-good cards. I can never think of anything to say that everyone else isn't saying, meaning my opinion is pretty much the opinion of everyone else. But enough whining.

Cursed Scroll is, hands down, amazing. At first glance, you might wonder, "But what if they choose the wrong card?" Well, kids, that won't happen if you only keep one card in hand. The cheap casting cost, the low activation cost, and the colorless damage provided all combine into a great card for all formats. 'Nuff said.

As a side note, the only reason I'm not handing out fives is because I have gotten caught wanting to use the activation mana elsewhere, so...

Constructed Rating: 4.5
Casual Rating: 4.0
Limited Rating: 4.5

 Van Zandt

Cursed Scroll
Probably one of the top "trinkets" that aren't included in mirrodin block itself... Trinket Mage seems much more like a constructed card when he
reads "search your library for a cursed scroll and put it in your hand".
Colorless and repeat-use damage cards that can be used against both players and creatures are almost invariably useful... even alladin's ring saw some constructed play (though usually in sideboards). And this card has the increasingly more valuable casting cost of 1, and rewards you for aggressive play.

constructed 4.5
casual 4
limited 5

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