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Betrayers of Kamigawa

Reviewed March 8, 2005

Constructed: 3.00
Casual: 3.40
Limited: 3.75

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Jeff Zandi

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I'm not sure why WOTC thought it was such a hot idea to reprint Eradicate and its brothers in Betrayers of Kamigawa, but since they did, limited players get a very decent black removal spell. However, what was true about Eradicate when it debuted in Urza's Destiny years ago is still true today.
Eradicate is good in limited, but only really as another four casting cost removal spell. As far as removal cards go in the current limited format, the drawback of not being able to target black creatures is a lot bigger deal than the ability to go through their deck looking for other copies of the creature that you DO destroy. In constructed, Eradicate WILL probably find multiple copies in the library of whoever you play it against.

Unfortunately, Eradicate costs one more mana than you should really be spending for a creature removal spell in constructed formats. Also, the other copies of the creature you destroy are not actual card advantage for you when they are found in the opponent's library. You only really get card advantage with this card when there are two identical creatures in play or when your opponent has a second copy of the targeted creature in his hand.


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

Its back! Eradicate is ready to take on the world!

Well, maybe not, while obviously this card is superb in limited, where any creature kill reigns supreme. In constructed the Sorcery ability of this card pushes it solidly in the second tier. You just don't want to tap out for four mana on your turn just to kill one creature. Even Control black would rather play Barter in Blood at this cost. In casual, its good in that its a creature kill spell that other players don't consider cheesy, and is kind of a fan favorite.

Constructed: 2
Casual: 3
Limited: 4


* game store owner

Eradicate - Tuesday
There's not a lot to say about this card.  It's a reprint.  It's decent.  It's not great, but it's definitely more than good enough to be playable.  Of course there are a few combo tricks to try and get rid of players lands with it, but they aren't worth it in constructed play.  But you can still expect this card to see quite a bit of play in constructed.
Constructed: 3
Casual: 3.5
Limited: 3.5

Paul Hagan

Eradicate --
I can't complain too much about Eradicate.  For your four mana, you are essentially destroying between one and four (potential) creatures, which seems decent.  The major downfalls of this card are a) it's a sorcery and b) it only gets non-black creatures.  Neither of these are huge drawbacks, so I'm going to give Eradicate decent marks for both constructed and casual play.
In limited, Eradicate is slightly less useful, as few people will have more than one or two of a specific creature.  However, it is a decent, inexpensive removal spell, which is nothing to turn your nose up at.  I won't call Eradicate a first pick, but don't let it get passed around for too long.
Constructed Rating: 3.0
Casual Rating: 3.0
Limited Rating: 3.5


One of the better uncommons from the Betrayers offerings.  Eradicate works best against decks that use key creatures to pull off a combo of some type.  If you can strip their deck of them, you can disable or even break the deck.  In casual, if you have to deal with some insane creature combo a lot, this would be a nice solution for black.  In limited, Eradicate is usually nothing more than creature removal since multiple copies of very nasty cards don't usually happen.  Still, it's removal, which is always highly valued in limited.
Constructed - 4
Casual - 4
Limited - 4
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