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Crime // Punishment
Split Card

Reviewed April 24, 2006

Constructed: 3.1
Casual: 3
Limited: 3.7

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Jordan Kronick

Crime // Punishment - When talking about split cards, it's important not to just evaluate each half. The card should be evaluated as a whole. For instance, Fire // Ice seems pretty lame when it's two halves, but it's a great card together. I think this may be the case here, as well. Crime seems limited and a bit too expensive. Punishment is very strong, but somewhat small in scope as well. However, between these two cards, there are a lot of situations that can be answered. Considering the easy mana manipulation between green, black and white, this card seems like it will have a future in constructed decks. At the very least, look for this to be included in all future iterations of the green/white/black control decks of Ravnica block constructed.

Constructed Rating - 3.7
Casual Rating - 3.5
Limited Rating - 3.9


Crime // Punishment

So here's our first review of one of the new Dissension split cards. Let's start with Crime: You get to pick anything from an opponent's graveyard to put into play for yourself. Pretty good deal! It's not a cheap proposition, but considering what you're doing, the cost is not off at all.

Now Punishment: You get to destroy permanent's with X cost. Could be useful. You'd likely hit something of your own, but when you must get rid of whatever it is your opponent has that is getting you down, it could work and be worth it.

The best thing about split cards is that you are getting 2 possible cards for the space of one.

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Crime & Punishment

Aside from being a classic work of Russian literature and one of the great philosophical novels of its era, Crime & Punishment also fits perfectly into W/G/B control decks that have propagated through Block Constructed. The Crime half is an elegant follow-up to Mortify, and the Punishment half is a solid mass removal spell. Of course, Punishment is a bit unpredictable, reminiscent of Radiance spells-- you may miss some of your opponent's creatures and/or hit a few of your own. In limited, the W/B/G color combination is pretty powerful, and this card should at least give it something to hope for in the third pack.

Constructed- 3
Limited- 3.5
Casual- 4


* Game Store Owner


OK, let's be honest. Crime won't be used all that often. It'll be neat for casual play, but not that strong in constructed most likely. However, Punishment will see a TON of play. Anytime you can get a board sweeping effect, you're likely to see it in competitive constructed play. I'd get a set of these as quick as possible.

Constructed: 4
Casual: 3
Limited: 4.5
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