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Blood Oath 
Mercadian Masques Rare

Reviewed November 9, 2004

Constructed: 2.5
Casual: 3
Limited: 1.8

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Blast for the past.  I remember playing with and against this back in the old MM / Inv Type 2.  Boards would go boom and then players would get smacked for 15 out of nowhere.  It was fun. :)

This card is a contender in the right metagame.  The environment seems a little fast to be incredibly good in extended, but why not - well timed and well guessed, it can be MASSIVE damage.

In limited, it's usually good for 6 or so damage, so why not.

Constructed: 3
Limited: 3.5


* game store owner in CA, ShuffleAndCut

Um... okay.  While it would seem this is a good play against an Affinity Artifact deck, it's really not since you'll probably be dead before you can play it, or something like that.  In limited, it's just not so great because limited can be so random.  But! casual, this could be pretty fun if you played it with Peek.  Or even better, with Land Destruction (like Stone Rain and the other LD spells I mentioned last week).  Your opponent would have a hard time playing anything because they do not have enough they have a full hand, so you Oath them.  Ooooo.. sounds fun!

Constructed: 3
Casual: 4
Limited: 2

   Current Price:
Blood Oath - Mercadian Masques - $1.06

   Combos Well With:
Peek - Odyssey - $0.19
Stone Rain - Champions of Kamigawa - $0.23
Befoul - Champions of Kamigawa - $0.13
Sinkhole - Unlimited - $30.35
Ice Quake - Ice Age - $0.59
- 7th Edition - $1.34
- 8th Edition - $0.39

Judge Bill

*Level 2
MTG Judge

*game store employee

I have to dip into the sideboard of the other finalist (Shuhei Nakamura)'s deck, to find an interesting card.
This is designed to be used against a control deck usually. If you can get this to go through, they take 3 points of damage for each instant in their hand.
You don't just have to choose instants, though. You can choose any type of card when this resolves, and your opponent reveals his hand and takes 3 points of damage for each card of that type in their hand.
So if they have a lot of creatures, you can hit them for those, too.
I would think a card like this would really shine in casual play. Most casual decks are focused on one type of card, and you can take advantage of that.
In limited, this isn't so good. It costs 4, and only hits the player. If you can guarantee me I'll be able to play this by turn 5, I might, as it would do a lot of damage (naming creature usually). Also, if you have an opponent that likes to hold land in their hand, it might help too. I just don't like this in limited, though.
Constructed: 3
Casual: 3.5
Limited: 2

Jeff Zandi

5 Time Pro Tour

Blood Oath
There are a lot of pros and cons about Blood Oath. Blood Oath is BAD because
it is very narrow, and can be risky to play. You could certainly cast Blood
Oath, waste four mana and a card, and get no effect whatsoever (except for
getting to see your opponent's hand...). Blood Oath is GOOD because it's an
instant, it allows for a certain kind of control (BECAUSE you get to see
your opponent's hand) and because it has the potential to deal six or nine
or even twelve points of damage, becoming a real problem for your opponent.
Blood Oath is ideally suited for constructed play in a control-ish deck. It
would be nice if you had some other ways to peak at your opponent's hand. In
limited, this card is far too random to be very effective. In limited, your
opponent would never be very likely to have more than one card of any
particular card type in his hand by the time you could cast this spell.
CASUAL:           3.5
LIMITED:           2.0

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

Blood Oath


I think the best possible point I could make about this card, is that in the last Pro Tour Feature Match Coverage, we saw a player play Blood Oath, and his opponent have no idea what it actually did, and accidentally showed his hand to his opponent before he had named a card type. Donít be that guy.


Constructed:                 1

Casual:                         1

Limited:                        1


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