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Pojo's Magic The Gathering Card of the Day

Overwhelming Forces
Portal 3

Reviewed March 17, 2005

Constructed: 2.5
Casual: 3.25
Limited: 3.00

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Jeff Zandi

5 Time Pro Tour

Overwhelming Forces

It's pretty hard to come up with eight mana in most games, but this card makes you want to try hard to get there. Destroy ALL of your opponent's creatures (and believe me, by the time you have enough mana to cast Overwhelming Forces, your opponent will probably have quite a few creatures in play!) AND draw a card for each one destroyed, can you say CARD ADVANTAGE? You just need to find a way to accelerate your mana.


Ray "Monk"
* Level 3 DCI Judge
*DCI Tournament Organizer
Overwhelming Forces

While eight mana is indeed a pretty hefty cost for any spell, the ability to kill all of your opponent's creatures while leaving yours unharmed, plus the benefit of drawing a card for each creature you kill, makes this card pretty tempting to throw in any deck that can generate sufficient mana, whether it be b/g or mono black control. In constructed this is amazing, and in multiplayer, well, it will get you killed pretty quickly but it will be dang funny before it does. In limited, eight mana is normally just too high a mana cost to consider.

Constructed: 3
Casual: 4
Limited: 1


* game store owner

Overwhelming Forces

This was apparently the predecessor to Decree of Pain from Scourge. However, Decree of Pain is more versatile. However, Overwhelming Forces doesn't but your creatures at risk. The high cost is a little steep though.

Constructed: 2
Casual: 4
Limited: 4.5

Paul Hagan

Overwhelming Forces --

I find this card to be slightly too expensive for serious consideration, but if you were to design a fun deck around abusing it, Overwhelming Forces can't be all that bad. There were a few occasions that I played a Decree of Pain rather than discarded it to cycling, and on those occasions, I was pleased with the results. There were also a number of games where I drew it up and was disappointed that I wouldn't be able to really use it for another three or four turns...if I drew land all of those turns.

Overwhelming Forces probably deserves a slot in your limited deck, as it has the potential to completely swing the game in your favor. It will sit in your hand as a dead card for a large amount of the game, but when it hits, you'll usually win. I wouldn't mind scooping it as a first pick, but that probably means the pack it came in is slightly weak.

Constructed Rating: 2.0
Casual Rating: 1.5 (just play Decree of Pain)
Limited Rating: 3.0
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