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Reviewed February 17, 2006

Constructed: 2.6
Casual: 2.62
Limited: 2.3

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Jeff Zandi

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While I don't usually find room in my limited decks for a card like this very often, I don't see anything particularly wrong with Castigate. In Ravnica/Guildpact limited, this card is probably just fine as a defensive card in a defensive, control-minded black/white deck. In most limited decks, however, Castigate just won't do what you want it to do. In most cases, your deck will be splashing either black or white, meaning that you won't be able to play Castigate at the right time as often as not. As a splash card, Castigate is pretty bad, giving you the ability to MAYBE remove a threat from your opponent's hand from the game. This is simply not the kind of card you want to draw late in the game when your opponent's hand is empty or maybe only holding an unneeded land. Don't get suckered in by this card in limited play. In constructed, this card could have more value in constructed formats that don't allow you better options, like Duress.



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This seems to be inferior to most of the other discard cards black has available. However, if you are trying to get rid of a particular combo piece or stop a card that goes in and out of play, you can use this to remove it. If you aren't worried about this type of situation coming up multiple times in a tournament, I would ignore this card altogether.

Constructed: 2
Casual: 2.5
Limited: 1.5



Another card that, when found in my sealed deck pool, makes me a sad panda. It's not totally useless, and I have actually sided it in before (against one nasty thing, but instead found another nasty sitting there, Blazing Archon). One nice thing is it removes it from the game, which is so much better than sending it to the grave.

Probably a lot more useful in casual play where you always play against the same play group and know what to expect from your opponent's deck.

Constructed - 2.5
Casual - 3
Limited - 2

Phoenix Tamer


Remember on Wednesday when we were talking about our friend Conjurer's Ban? Well this card can play a very important role in its effect. Not only do you get to look at your opponets hand, but you pick a card and remove it from the game. Now, as i was told long ago, almost any removal is very good within itself. I'd pick this for for Limited and Constructed definately to add balance, and im sure even we'll find this in casual too.


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