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Barter in Blood 

Reviewed January 16, 2005

Constructed: 2.72
Casual: 2.25
Limited: 3.29

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Jeff Zandi

5 Time Pro Tour

 Barter in Blood
This card was a top pick in Mirrodin limited formats, featuring a subtle way
to gain both card and board advantage. Often, when you drew Barter in Blood
and had a similiar number of creatures in play as your opponent, the move
was to start double blocking their most powerful attacks. Then, after
apparently weakening your board position by losing all of your creatures
while leaving, say, one or two powerful creatures on their side of the
board, you could play Barter in Blood and clean up the rest of the board.
Other times, the trade off would be even better. You might play a mana
producing Talisman on turn two while your opponent plays his first and then
his second creature. Then, on your third or fourth turn, you can play Barter
in Blood to get a two cards to one advantage. In any case, there is almost
always a way to gain advantage with Barter in Blood. Cagey opponents,
realizing this, may make a conscious effort to keep at least one or two
creatures on their side of the board that they really don't care about in
order to defend against your Barter in Blood. Not useful enough for
constructed formats.


Ray "Monk"
* Level 3 DCI Judge
*DCI Tournament Organizer
 Barter in Blood

There are cards that just don't go in every deck, and this one is pretty high up on that list. In a creature heavy deck, where you often lose the same amount of creatures they do, this card tends to not work very well. But in a control oriented deck, this card is amazing, giving you two for one advantage, and forcing your opponent to play slow or risk higher loses, which is what a control deck really wants, a long game. In limited this card shines as well, as you can often set up for this card to work in your favor. In casual format, it depends on the format, but in multi player, it's sure to get a lot of people hating you.

Constructed: 3
Casual: 2
Limited: 2


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

 Barter in Blood - Friday

I have to say, this card isn't as good as Diabolic Edict or Chainer's Edict even.  But it's definitely one of the few ways to get players to sacrifice creatures.  It's not in a lot of decks, but it's huge in the decks that it's in.  Casual players will likely stray away form this card because it makes BOTH players sacrifice two creatures.  So you have to be really careful when playing this card.

Constructed: 3.5
Casual: 2
Limited: 3.5
 Barter in Blood --

There isn't a lot of non-targeted removal in Black right now, and that only serves to make Barter in Blood a better card. I cannot count the number of games that I have seen Barter in Blood swing -- taking an opponent from two creatures to none can be devestating, especially if you don't have any creatures on the board at the time to lose. Barter's cost isn't great, but it is acceptable for what it does.

In limited, I'll definitely play Barter in Blood, but it seems like each time I do, I wind up losing a little bit more than I would like. It can be a game-saver, but be careful with the timing, as it can actually wind up giving your opponent more of an advantage than you have.

Constructed Rating: 3.0
Casual Rating: 2.5
Limited Rating: 3.0

 Van Zandt

 Barter In Blood
Obviously strong in your opening hand, or in a deck or situation where you don't plan on having creatures out when you cast it (or when you don't care if you lose a few). Not as focused or versatile as chainer's edict, but good in different situations or in combination, and particularly good against tooth-and-nail, if it has some support.
constructed 2.5
casual 1.5
limited 3.5


* game store owner
(Shuffle and Cut)

Barter in Blood
An interesting control card for Black.  While it's a bit high costed for some decks, it might find a place in Casual decks that revolve around its theme if you play against creature decks that give you problems.  In limited, in the right heavy black deck, it also has its uses.
Constructed - 2
Casual - 2.5
Limited - 3


Barter in Blood

I like this little gem.  It's a double edict for both players and if you're a control oriented player, can serve as a Wrath.  Even better, if you have token generators, you might be able to wrath them and keep yourself alive.  I think this has more casual use than constructed to be utilized properly, but it's clearly not bad.  In limited, it's completely awesome - a very early pick.

Constructed: 3
Limited: 4.5


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