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Cruel Edict
Ninth Edition

Reviewed July 28, 2005

Constructed: 3.4
Casual: 2.1
Limited: 3.7

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Paul Hagan

Cruel Edict --

Well, it isn't Diabolic or Chainer's Edict, but it retains the good quality of both: non-targeting removal. If you have played black recently and had to stare across the table at Troll Ascetic, you know how good this card can be. I won't say that it will find a home in every black deck, but expect it to make an impact once it becomes legal in Standard.

For limited play, this card easily falls within that "any removal is good removal" realm, so if I am playing black, it will make the cut.

I couldn't really find a good spot to stick this comment, so I'll put it here...

2-mana non-targeting removal = goodness

Constructed Rating: 3.0
Casual Rating: 3.0
Limited Rating: 3.0
Tim Stoltzfus Cruel Edict

Cruel Edict is a very strong card which will go in a multitude of black control decks. Especially with black control being such a force in Kamigawa Block Constructed, this card will be a natural fit. Cruel Edict is a top-pick removal spell for limited. As for casual play, one-shot spells like this are less optimal, unless you are playing a one on one duel. It’s playable, but not a great card for casual play.

Limited – 4
Constructed – 4.5
Casual – 2


Cruel Edict

Giving your opponent the choice of which creature to destroy doesn't seem all that good of an idea. But given a deck built around a destruction theme (though that is a bit risky...what if your opponent is playing a non-creature dependant kill mechanism?), it's not as horrible as it sounds... BUT... Cruel Edict is similar to Chainer's Edict but lacks the flashback, which really hurts the card on its own. Chainer's was a very solid card that saw a lot of play, but the fact that it flashed back gave it the distinct advantage of being 2 spells in one card, giving its player the card and deck space advantage that Cruel cannot. That card advantage is what puts Chainer's over the top.

In limited, I'd still include it in a Black build as destruction is often hard to come by.

Constructed - 2
Casual - 2.5
Limited - 3.5

The Antman

Cruel Edict- Uncommon- 9th

hey peoples sorry for the short review today

diabolic cruel edict is not, but cruel does get the job done. I have been doing a lot of 9th T2 lately and it has been in every one of my black decks, and I have to say I have not been displeased by its sacrificing goodness. troll ascetic? have a nice trip. darksteel colossus? see you next fall. sure it is a sorcery, but who cares? the card rox for 2 mana.

constructed- 4/5 definite play I foresee (in T2)
limited- 5/5 any removal is good removal
casual- 1/5 ehh... so-so, there are funnier ways to get the job done.

final thought- good card, should definitely play it.

Secret Squirrel

Cruel Edict

Black was bound to get some kind of decent removal spell. Instead of Mind Sludge or Mutilate it gets Cruel Edict. Also, instead of the Paladin’s black gets the cantrips Execute and Slay, which are sort of useless unfortunately, although I don’t think they’re too much worse than the black Paradins. Those, along with Dark Banishing, are an ok amount of removal. Still it’s nice to see Edict come in as it’s cheap and can put your opponent in a really tough position. Don’t want to go through with the huge amount of brain requirement involved in casting Banishing? Let your opponent do it for you and for less! Wow!

Constructed: 3.5
Casual: 2
Limited: 3
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