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Champions of Kamigawa Common

Reviewed October 18, 2004

Constructed: 2.4
Casual: 1.9
Limited: 2.4

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The new Duress, only it can get a creature too.  For my money, I like having the ability to zap a critter, bascially knowing that you WILL get the best card in their hand.  I think that it's a natural fit in black control, and will see play.

In limited, it still gets the best card, but that's not as good since their best card might not be THAT great.  I'd play if I needed a black card, though

Constructed: 4
Limited: 3


* game store owner in CA, ShuffleAndCut

A slight twist on Duress.  In certain decks, a compliment to it.  Distress requires you to be seriously playing heavy black, were duress did not, however.  So, for mono Black control, this fits. 

In casual, you could go for a heavy discard theme, but I've found that heavy discard peters out after your opponent catches on, and they just make sure they play out their hand each turn.  Then you have a whole lotta useless stuff in your hand and library. =/

In limited, it's filler for heavy Black decks.

Constructed: 2.5
Casual: 2.5
Limited: 2.5

   Current Price:
Distress - Champions of Kamigawa - $0.91

   Combos Well With:
Duress - 7th Edition - $1.87

Judge Bill

*Level 2
MTG Judge

*game store employee

Mmmmm, Discard. The real "flagship" discard of 9th Edition, as Blackmail just sucks. (Why you people picked Blackmail over Addle, I'll never know.)
For 2 mana, you get to hit any non-land card in their hand. Will sneak through most countermagic, unless they really want to protect something. I know, 2 black mana doesn't get you as much as far as discard goes these days. That's why it will never be a part of casual ... people will just play Duress and Hymn to Tourach there instead. But for Standard, a great card to have for the next 2 years.
In limited, if they have a bomb you can't handle, maybe a sideboard card. I wouldn't play this main deck though.
Constructed: 3.5
Casual: 1.5
Limited: 2.5

Jeff Zandi

5 Time Pro Tour

This card is a suboptimal attempt to recreate Duress. In limited play, this
card only fits in decks with lots of black mana, and even then only when you
have no better card to include. Discard is a weak strategy for limited play.
In constructed, Distress may be a better fit, but once again, this card's
double black casting cost limits its overall usefulness. In constructed
formats where you do not have Duress available to you, Distress may be an
acceptable alternative.
CASUAL:           2.5
LIMITED:          2.5

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



Personally, I do not think that the advantages of Duress make it so much better that I want to play an extra black mana for it, and when I compare it to Hymn to Tourach, it really depresses me. Distress isnít a horrible card; it just doesnít excite me in the same way that, while Coercion doesnít do anything for me, I still find myself playing it occasionally.


Constructed:                 1

Casual:                         1

Limited:                        2



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

OK, so this card isn't a Duress. But it's close. Faster decks may not like it. However, control style black deck will probably appreciate it more. It is definitely limited playable. Casual players most likely won't care for it, when there are a ton of better options.

Constructed: 2
Casual: 1.5
Limited: 2.5
Distress --

This card can be summed up into one word -- "Eh". It's nothing special, but I can't call it a horrible card. It used to cost 2B when it was Coercion, so it has dropped in price. It should go without saying, though, that this is not a Duress or Therapy.

R&D seems to be a bit against printing anything *too* powerful in the Discard Department these days, so I suppose this is about as good as it will get for a while.

In limited, I might play this card, but it really depends on how bad the rest of my draft / sealed looks. It is definitely a 20th or more card.

Constructed Rating: 2.5
Casual Rating: 1.5 [so many better options]
Limited Rating: 2.0

 Van Zandt

A non-splashable middle ground between duress and coercion,  it could be
called a black counterspell,  for that is what it equates to in a lot of
situations.  It's pro-active... but they don't have to waste their turn
casting the spell.  In environments that don't include duress or therapy,
this card should be just fine as something of a replacement.
constructed 2.5
casual 3
limited 3

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