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Bloodletter Quill

Reviewed October 13, 2005

Constructed: 2.375
Casual: 2.25
Limited: 3.125

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Jeff Zandi

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Bloodletter Quill

This is an excellent card for limited that COULD be useful in a blue/black constructed deck. For limited, I really like the design of this card, making it a powerful card-drawing card that works a LITTLE better if you play a certain color combination, in this case, black and blue. Even without blue and black in your deck, Bloodletter Quill is cheap to activate. However, if you can't remove blood counters from the Quill, you will take one point the first time you use it, two points the second time and so on. Without the ability to remove blood counters, you can only reasonably expect to draw two or three cards from the Quill. Still good enough!



* Game Store Owner

Bloodletter Quill

This card is very interesting. You can pay to draw card. However, if you draw too many cards, it start to hurt a lot. However, blue/black based decks might really like this. You can draw the cards, and remove the counters so that damage is never an issue. You then have a card that simply lets you draw a large amount of cards over the course of the game. And it only costs three mana. I don't think it's super amazing right now, seeing that most of the blue/black decks are focusing on the "mill" effect, but it could be better in the future.

Constructed: 2.5
Casual: 1.5
Limited: 3.5

Paul Hagan

Bloodletter Quill

I find this card a bit entertaining. Drawing a card for two mana is hardly a bad exchange, but the loss of life that starts coming with it after a couple of uses could hurt...a lot. I'm not sure I like the idea of having to dedicate an extra two mana each time I want the card I draw off of my deck with the Quill to hurt less. If you look at it like paying three mana for an artifact that you have to pay *four* to draw a card and lose a life each time, it just looks like a junky Jayemdae Tome, and we all saw how much that card got played.

Constructed Rating: 2.0
Casual Rating: 2.0
Limited Rating: 2.5


Bloodletter Quill

A bit too mana intensive to be of much use in constructed. It does find some uses in limited, but really only if you are going Blue Black. I've found Ravnica to be mana intensive overall, though - not much sitting around with nothing to do - so your quill may not get as much use as you'd like. Still worth considering in UB builds.

Constructed - 2
Casual - 2
Limited - 3
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