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Reviewed June 05, 2006

Constructed: 1.92
Casual: 2.75
Limited: 3.62

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Jordan Kronick


I've been doing a whole lot of RGD drafting in the past few days, and this little gem has saved me many times. I almost never get to use the Hellbent ability. In fact, the only time I can remember doing so was when I was targetting two creatures that would die to 2 damage apiece anyway. Some cards are great because they give the possibility of a two for one trade. Twinstrike is great because it has a 2 for 1 built in. Casting this card will most often turn an even game into a massacre. It's much like Hex in that way, but not quite as format defining. I don't know if it will ever see any constructed play. 5 mana is a lot to pay for removal, even when it's destroying creatures rather than damaging them. Usually you can do that for less than 5 with a black/red deck. This card shines when card advantage is at a premium, but is somewhat less rosy anywhere else.

Constructed Rating - 2.2
Casual Rating - 2.5
Limited Rating - 4.0



The ability isn't bad, but the cost is a bit much. Red/Black wants to be well in control by turn 5, and at that point probably doesn't want to waste a 5 cost spell on something that can't directly hit a player. So, considering those factors, Twinstrike isn't quite versatile or quick enough for constructed play. Casual probably has more exciting things to do. Very good in limited.

Constructed - 2
Casual - 2
Limited - 3.5



This card will usually kill two creatures even without Hellbent. But without Hellbent, you're limited in what you can kill. The only real trouble with this is that its 5-mana cost and its need for two seperate targets makes it difficult to play quickly, and therefore dedicated Hellbent constructed decks will probably eschew it for cheaper cards. In Limited, it ranks right up there with Wrecking Ball. Which, in case you didn't know, is a total beating.
Constructed-- 2
Casual-- 3.5
Limited-- 4




Can’t say I’m a fan of this card, being able to deal two damage to two creatures just isn’t worth the five casting cost. If you have no cards in hand it can destroy two creatures instead which isn’t bad but its cost becomes a problem once again. If you’re looking to achieve Hellbent the last thing you need is cards like this one with a fat casting cost. If you’re looking for a spell that can destroy multiple targets I would consider playing Seize the Soul over this uncommon any day of the week.



Removal and combat tricks are two rare things in limited. Sorcery speed removal such as Brainspoil is played right and left just for the simple reason that it’s a way to get rid of a potential game breaker. Twinstrike does cost five but the effect is well worth it in this format and you might even be able to use its Hellbent ability. Besides, I’m a man who likes his removal and it’s not like playing black/red in limited is a bad idea.

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