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Pernicious Deed 
Apocalypse Rare

Reviewed August 26, 2004

Constructed: 4
Casual: 3.9
Limited: 3.8

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* game store owner in CA, ShuffleAndCut

Deed was always decent, but as a dealer I actually saw its value shoot up after it dropped out of Type 2.  You'll often see it appear with Spiritmongers in a deck, as the two use the same mana color base, and are both strong cards.

In limited, any destruction spell is worth considering, and this one is customizable with its X factor.  Of course, you need to be going Green Black to make it happen, so that is a bit limiting.

In casual, an interesting card, but considering its high price at almost $10 a pop, not quite exciting enough to warrant showing up in a deck, imho.
Constructed: 4
Casual: 4
Limited: 3.5

   Current Price:
Pernicious Deed - Apocalypse - $9.71

   Combos Well With:
Spiritmonger - Apocalypse - $9.60

Judge Bill

*Level 2
MTG Judge

*game store employee

Pernicious Deed
First, there was Nevinyrral's Disk. Then we get Powder Keg, which spawns Powder Keg. With enough mana, you can clear the board. Though, if you just wanted to clear the board, use Oblivion Stone instead. Using this, you may be able to get a one-sided effect, if they have all small stuff and you have big stuff. Good in Extended, as a major archetype is built around these two colors. A good card to keep around in casual too, especially if you can control the effect. (Remember, you can regenerate from this effect.)
Solid in limited if you are playing the colors, and will make you want to play these colors if at all possible. Just open Spiritmonger with this in a MAA tournament, and still not win a tournament. (Yep, I did [or rather, didn't {win}].)
Constructed: 4
Casual: 4
Limited: 4.5


Jeff Zandi

5 Time Pro Tour

Pernicious Deed
Pernicious Deed is a bomb card in any format where it is legal. After
Nevinyrall's Disk was taken away years ago, Magic players waited a very long
time for a card with the board-clearing potential of Pernicious Deed. In
constructed, Deed is one of the key cards in The Rock. In
Invasion/Planeshift/Apocalypse draft, this card immediately put you into
green and black as long as you were already playing ONE of those two colors.
Generally speaking, it's better to keep Pernicious Deed in your hand and
play it on the same turn, or the turn immediately before, you plan to use
CASUAL:              4.0
LIMITED:              3.5

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

Pernicious Deed


It’s very interesting how often we talk about how global board clearing effects are often bad for the game because of the card advantage they can generate, but then see Wizards print them over and over. It’s an interesting Catch-22 for developers. If you don’t print board sweepers, the weenie horde or rush decks dominate the format. If you do print the board sweepers, the weenie horde decks summer massive card disadvantage, as they get smashed when the board clearer hits.


As far as board clearers go, Pernicious Deed is one of the best, because its initial cost is cheap, and it can be very picky about what it hits, wiping out a bunch of smaller creatures but keeping your big guy on the board. In casual its great as it can just sit out there as a threat, daring people to attack you.


Constructed:                 4

Casual:                         4

Limited:                        4



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

I both love and hate when we get cards like this one to review. It's obviously good and is going to get a high rating. It's cheap to cast. It's effect kills a lot of stuff. You can work around it if you have regeneration. It's been in one of the most consistent extended decks for the past few years.

You see, the bad part is that I'm sure every other reviewer is going to say the same things I have. So it's hard to be original. Then there's the negative part...oh yeah...Pernicious Deed doesn't have one.

Constructed: 4.5
Casual: 3.5
Limited: 3.5

 Van Zandt

Pernicious Deed
The "new disk",  with a lower (albeit color-restrictive) cost,  immediately
usable upon casting,  and with a more... eh... customizable explosion,  this
card makes b/g a viable color combination in any environment it is included
in.  It also makes you want to splash black or green in any deck that
already has one of those colors.  Almost universally useful.
constructed 4.5
casual 3.5
limited 4


Secret Squirrel on the

Pernicious Deed
Cough multiplayer cough.   It comes down at three; it's a Wrath; it also kills artifacts and enchantments.  Well, technically, it's not a Wrath, but up until turn 4/5 it kills all creatures (save ones that were brought in some other way ie Reanimator).  Definitely one of the greatest multiplayer cards ever created.  There are cards similar to this (mainly sacing artifacts such as disk or the recently released Engineered Explosives), but none are cheaper and/or are more flexible than this.  Kind of goes along with the whole Scourge “reward you for paying a lot of big cc creatures”.
I'm sure other reviewers will have more to say about this card, cause I've run out of things to say.
Constructed: 3
Casual: 4.5
Limited: 3

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