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Betrayal of Flesh 

Mirrodin - Uncommon

Reviewed March 31, 2004

Constructed: 1.79
Casual: 2.0
Limited: 3.5

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Judge Bill

*Level 2
MTG Judge

*game store employee

 Wednesday - betrayal of flesh

A very clunky card for constructed. Decks that want to destroy and recur creatures have many more efficient ways of doing it than playing with this card. Just stay away.

In limited, though, the surprise value this can provide is invaluable. Take out an attacker, and put a huge blocker out from the grave to kill another attacker. This is very high on the list of playables in limited.

Constructed: 1.5
Casual: 2
Limited: 5


* Scrye writer since 2002

 Wednesday - Betrayal of Flesh

I really don't like this card. From a constructed standpoint, this card is highly inefficient at doing what it does. However, in limited, it is a great card. I always take this or play it when I am playing black. I'm not sure that a casual player really want to use this card, since there are a ton more cards out there than can simulate either effect better.

Constructed: 1.5
Casual: 1.5
Limited: 4

Jeff Zand

5 Time Pro Tour

Level 2 Judge

 Betrayal of Flesh

In limited, this cardís stock started high when Mirrodin first came out, and has only gotten higher in the months since. Dave Williams and lots of other pros take this card over virtually any other uncommon card in the set.

Jonathan Pechon says ALWAYS GRAB THIS CARD AS SOON AS YOU SEE IT in any draft, splashing a third color if necessary. This cardís two-for-one ability, when Entwined, is every bit as good as Grab the Reins, probably better. In the world of constructed play, however, this card costs a million and canít fit into too many decks. Itís twin brother from Darksteel, Murderous Spoils, may make it into sideboards against decks using a lot of equipment. Strange but true!


Ray "Monk"
* Level 3 DCI Judge
Betrayal of Flesh

This is one expensive card. Its main cost is high. Its Entwine is high. Its just one of those cards you look at and go ďI wish this card cost less.Ē That being said, itís STILL playable for limited because ANY removal card is good for limited. But overall, its one of the worst cards I have seen made in a while.

Constructed: 1
Casual: 1
Limited: 3

* Level 1 DCI Judge

*game store employee

* gaming for over 15 years

 Wednesday-Betrayal of Flesh

Betrayal of Flesh is pretty cool artwork wise but Im not fan of the card myself. I think that the cost is at least one mana too much. It is splash able but that doesnít make the cost better in this card. The entwine cost is also too high in my opinion. In limited I havent played the card but might if the removal is too light. In casual play I just donít see people running it as there are cheaper cards that are better.

Constructed 1.5
Casual 1.5
Limited 2


2 Grand Prix Top 8's

Multiple Pro Tour appearances

 Betrayal of Flesh

This simply costs far too much to be able to find play in standard nowadays. For six mana, you need to be breaking a game open or sweeping the board; this most likely wonít accomplish either of those. There arenít a lot of reanimation strategies available, but this just doesnít cut it, even at instant speed.

I can see this being more fun and feasible in casual play. There are plenty of monsters that would be happy to jump out of your graveyard and resume the pounding of your opponentís skull(s). Itís not terrible, at the very leastÖfor B5, I donít think you should be worried about casting this spell in Mental Magic; probably better to play it as a land, or as Tsaboís Decree if you can capitalize on the possibility of mass removal.

This is definitely a limited bomb, good enough to be able to be splashed into many different decks simply based on the power of it. Casting this during your opponentís attack step should end up killing two of your opponentís creatures and putting your best (dead) creature back into play; this should probably win you a game, if you entwine it.

Constructed: 2.0
Casual: 3.0
Limited: 4.0

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 Betrayal of Flesh

Zombify, destroy a targetable creature, or both for 6 mana. I personally don t like this card, but I can see it getting played a little. I don t think it s necessary in constructed. Black has plenty other removal. The only reason you would play this would be to entwine and destroy a black or artifact creature. I don t think the cost is worth it.

In Casual, why play control?

In Limited, it s a nice effect but destroying 1/5 (to 1/7) of your mana base per effect isn t really worth the trouble.

Constructed: 2
Casual: 2
Limited: 2.5

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