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Empty the Catacombs

Reviewed November 03, 2005

Constructed: 2.13
Casual: 2.86
Limited: 1.66

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Paul Hagan

Empty the Catacombs

I have no idea what to do with this card. The cost seems about right for what it does, as returning *all* creatures in *all* graveyards is a pretty big effect. Four mana isn't too much, right? However, the question then becomes: why did you just play this card? It doesn't do enough on its own in a simple deck to warrant consideration (especially since your opponent gets his dudes back, too), but I have no doubt that there is some use for this card somewhere. Creative minds -- we're watching you, and we fully expect you to come up with *something* for this card before the next set comes out.

Constructed Rating: 2.5 [Maybe higher in the future, but 2.5 for now]
Casual Rating: 2.5 [See above]
Limited Rating: 2.0


Empty the Catacombs

Yuck in limited. I've not even seen this thing played in the draft or sealed at all. There are just too many cases where it would benefit your opponent as much or too much, and it will be just a dead card in your hand. In casual, you could design a deck to get a bunch of creatures into your grave, and then use this to reanimate them all, and WHAM! That would be pretty cool. In constructed, I'd bet someone is working with the idea too.

Constructed - 2.5
Casual - 4
Limited - 1

Phoenix Tamer

Empty the Catacombs

I don't like how this says "each player", i hate share effects cards really. This could save you from a deck-out deck possibly, but no other use for it. I'd rather spend the extra mana on Patriarch's Bidding and have them come into play then waste my time returning them to my hand. A weak card overall, but may help against the Dimir's library robbing scheme, this is what saves the card from a God-aweful score.


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