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Mark of Eviction

Reviewed December 07, 2005

Constructed: 2.5
Casual: 2.8
Limited: 3.6

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Jeff Zandi

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Mark of Eviction

This card is a LOT better in limited than most people know. If you don't believe, just try it some time. When you play Mark of Eviction on a creature, you tie up some or all of your opponent's mana every turn, while all you have is a one mana casting cost enchantment to play over and over again. The weakness of this card is the fact that the enchanted creature still gets to swing after you enchant it. In Ravnica limited play, pace is very important. Mark of Eviction gives you the ability to gum up the works on the other side of the board for just one blue mana. It might be some kind of strange tech that this card returns the enchanted creature and all auras (creature enchantments) that are attached to that creature. That means that if you put Mark of Eviction on my creature, I could enchant the same creature with Galvanic Arc and then get my Galvanic Arc back to use again when Mark of Eviction returns my creature back to my hand. Of course, blue/red drafters like my man Trent Boneau can also use this trick to their own advantage. This card is just tricky enough that it could be good enough for competitive constructed formats. It's a little iffy for constructed only because creatures tend to be cheaper and it may be difficult to justify Mark of Eviction taking the place of some sort of counter Magic or card draw in a blue constructed deck.


Paul Hagan

Mark of Eviction

Man, did players get rid of this card quickly. When the set first came out, I saw a ton of people try to play Mark of Eviction as a control card for their opponents' problem creatures. Every time I saw it hit, it felt like I was watching half of the table react a turn too late to everything that happened. Apparently, the players felt this way too and dumped this card for better, more reliable removal within two weeks. I have to agree with their sentiments.

As for limited, even with my mantra of "any removal is good removal", Mark of Eviction might not make the cut all the time just because of its unreliable nature. If I'm not in black or red, the sources of good removal, I would be willing to give this card the nod, but if my deck is black-blue or red-blue, I'm not so sure.

Constructed Rating: 1.5
Casual Rating: 1.5
Limited Rating: 2.5


Mark of Eviction

A very powerful card in limited Rav control. You can constantly be bouncing your opponent's creatures back to their hand, forcing them to recast and slowing them way down as you tie up their mana as they continually have to recast their creatures. Eventually, they will find a way to kill their own Marked creature just to get rid of the Aura. So for just one U, you can either tie up their mana, or force them to use their removal on their own creature. A great bargain.

The cost is right, but I don't know if there is a constructed build that uses Mark. In limited, definitely a fun card to add to a control build.

Constructed - 3
Casual - 4
Limited - 4.5
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