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Death of a Thousand Stings
Saviors of Kamigawa

Reviewed August 17, 2005

Constructed: 2.5
Casual: 3.5
Limited: 2

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Jeff Zandi

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Death of a Thousand Stings

The first time me and my friends saw this card, we tried to fit one copy into our black booster draft and sealed decks. Even though it costs five mana to play, we were attracted to the fact that this card was both an instant and Arcane. We obviously also liked the idea that this card could be resusable. After playing with it a few times, most of us changed our minds about this card, deciding that it simply wasn't worth the trouble. This card MAY be good, but I think it probably looks better "on paper" than it plays in reality. You definately need a MUCH BETTER reason than this card to go to the trouble to keep more cards in your hand than your opponent. Given that you HAVE other reasons to keep more cards in your hand (and also the ABILITY to keep more cards in your hand than your opponent) this card could still be decent in limited decks.

In constructed, well, it's hard to imagine that this would be an impressive enough damage source to make the cut, but then I've seen a LOT of strange cards pop up in Gifts Ungiven decks. Anything is possible, and Death of a Thousand Stings gets around a lot of things, most importantly, effects that prevent damage, since this card causes "loss of life" and not damage.


Phoenix Tamer


Death of 1000 Stings
I'm not to keen on this card, one being that it costs alot of mana.
for an ability that's not really that good. I would only find this
useful if i was about to win and i had alot of mana. Overall, not
really a good card. They could have done alot better, i mean sure
people can use the new saviors cards that give certain abilities for
the amount of cards in your hand, but come on, it's to mana expensice
for a crappy effect.

Final Thoughts:
I say this card is bad, but for some people they may find it useful,
if you can try to point it out to me, otherwise to me this card is
pretty much useless.


Death of a Thousand Stings

A great idea that fits in with a few mono-black themes, but at twice the cost. Death does a great thing, but it is much too slow to be of much use. Not many decks can take the drain of 5 mana per turn for only a 2 point life swing. In casual, same thing, unless you're playing a very slow environment and have a plan for some kind of lock. In limited, I've found it much too slow for the environment.

Constructed - 1.5
Casual - 2
Limited - 1.5

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