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Guerrilla Tactics
10th Edition

Reviewed July 3, 2007

Constructed: 1.60
Casual: 1.75
Limited: 3.20

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Guerrilla Tactics

Honestly, the Tactics are basically just a worse Shock. Your opponent making you discard it is unlikely to happen, but you could sideboard it in if discard is heavy in your area, and if you're already playing Red. It gets a lot better in Limited, because A) all burn gets better in Limited, and B) discard is a lot better in Limited, so your opponents are more likely to play it if they get any.

Constructed- 1.5
Casual- 1.5
Limited- 2.5

David N

Tuesday - Guerrilla Tactics

Now this is a card that could be much better if the wording was just a little different. If they errata this card to when this card is discarded instead of an opponent this card would be amazing. If it stays with the text then its hate against black rack or 2 for 2 damage.

Constructed: 2
Casual: 2
Limited: 4

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Guerrilla Tactics

With variations on black Rack decks running around Standard, expect someone to play this somewhere. If you have to get hit by a Cry of Contrition, taking a fifth of your opponent's life total in the process is a reasonable consolation. I like it better than Sudden Shock because of that ability to hose discard decks, but other than that it's not very efficient as burn spells go. For constructed, it's sideboard material at best; for limited, it's reasonable as removal.

Constructed: 2/5
Casual: 1/5
Limited: 3/5

Guerilla Tactics

Constructed: 2 for 2 is the norm in red decks at instant speed if you get an effect, the only problem is that with the Tactics is that you’re counting on your opponent to enable your ability, and most of the time, they won’t have the relevant cards to make it go. I’d say leave it in the sideboard for against the discard players like black rack decks, but to be honest I have to advocate the power of Dodecapod and repeated smashings of 5 to the face rather than a 4 point one shot.

Casual/Multi: A good way to help keep players who like to lather and repeat their discard deck over and over again in the same night. The inevitability of multiplayer is that someone will play an unfun strategy; land destruction, permission or discard; the more players in the game, the more likely that this strategy will come up. So by all means use this as a hoser in your red deck to make that discarder all that much warier about throwing about his discard spells. But really don’t expect this to do much more than 2 damage most of the time.

Limited: It burns, it’s fairly cheap and is an instant. That’s a pretty golden trifecta for a red mage in a draft group. Tricks are what make limited decks win and all purpose burn is a good answer to just about anything. Unless you come across a ravenous rats though don’t expect to deal more than 2 damage, which is still okay with me.

Constructed: 1.5
Casual: 2
Limited: 3

#1 Magic Noob in Canada since 2002
2 mana for 2 damage isn't good, but certainly not completely useless.
If Mono-Black Rack gains popularity, this is a pretty decent advantage

However, the sideboard only has 15 spaces and there's no room for this.

In casual, this is a bit more playable as there is less punishment to
run a subpar card to counter discard. In limited, this is removal so

Constructed: 1/5
Casual: 2/5
Limited: 3/5

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