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Choice of Damnations
Saviors of Kamigawa

Reviewed June 01, 2005

Constructed: 2.00
Casual: 2.50
Limited: 2.25

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Jeff Zandi

5 Time Pro Tour

Choice of Damnations

I heard this card was originally going to be called One Hundred and One Damnations but the name didn't fit on the card. Plus, the Walt Disney Company might have dogged Wizards of the Coast and put them in quite a spot from a legal perspective. Choice of Damnations is an interesting card. This card's elegance comes from the interesting situation in which this card puts your opponent. When you play Choice of Damnations, your opponent has to decide how they would like to be hurt. They can pick a large number and pretty much count on having to lose that much life. They can pick a small number and expect to be limited to that number of permanents on their side of the board. A delicious way to torture your opponent. Sort of. The downside of this card is similar to what makes it interesting. This card allows your opponent to figure out which result is LESS BAD for them. In the end, this card is really Lava Axe, a six casting sorcery that will most likely result in your opponent losing four or five life, and most likely nothing more. Not good enough, really, for constructed or limited decks most of the time.


Paul Hagan

Choice of Damnations --

I'm not liking this card too much. By the time it hits play (when you have six mana), your opponent should be in a position to make this decision fairly easily. For example, if it is Turn 5 (you got some mana acceleration), your opponent has likely put 7-8 permanents on the table. Why not just choose 4 or 5 and treat Choice of Damnations like a Death Cloud or a Fireball? I rarely like cards that leave the end result in the hands of your opponent, and this card is no exception.

Constructed Rating: 2.0
Casual Rating: 2.0
Limited Rating: 2.0
Choice of Damnations

While this card has been getting a fair deal of attention on my site, its ability is honestly just okay at best. If you meld it into a deck built around both abilities, it's a'ight. But its downside is this: Your opponent can decide what hurts less and pick a number based on that. Don't get me wrong...it will still hurt, but letting your opponent decide something is usually a bad thing.

In limited, it costs too much for its ability which will be unfocused anyhow. In casual, an iffy card unless you are into building a deck around its two abilities.


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