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Buried Alive

Reviewed October 29, 2007

Constructed: 3.80
Casual: 4.40
Limited: 2.60

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Buried Alive

At first glance, it looks useless. But you soon realize that any deck that has Zombify or anything similar can make this work almost as though it were a "draw three cards" spell. When it was printed, it also had a lot of synergy with Threshold and Flashback-- the Flashback card especially making this feel like the word "graveyard" was actually "hand". Now we have Dredge, Delve, and Recover to make whatever you Bury Alive that much easier to dig back up.

Constructed- 4.5
Casual- 4.9
Limited- 3


Monday - Buried Alive

A key card in Reanimator decks, as it lets you dump fatties into the graveyard to be returned. It is slower than Entomb, but in the one format that this card sees play in (Extended), Entomb is banned. Outside of Reanimator, not a heck of a lot of other uses. This card pretty much speaks for itself in constructed and casual.

In limited, you need something worth reanimating, and you need a Zombify or a Stitch Together. In other words, no.

Constructed - 4 (in Reanimator)
Casual - 4
Limited - 1

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Buried Alive

Believe it or not, there was a period in Magic's history when the graveyard was not yet a place to keep cards you wanted to use again, Animate Dead was way wild and "out there," and this card would have been a junk rare. As it is, you can use this to get Genesis, Wonder, or any of Judgment's Incarnations online, or set up a really, really broken reanimator turn by finding Yosei and then casting Footsteps of the Goryo. As things stand right now, it's a little slow for constructed decks in Extended or Legacy, but this card has an excellent pedigree and deserves respect, especially in casual play. I don't think it's usually too much use in limited, but it does get you halfway to threshold or search for a ridiculous bomb like Genesis, Wonder, or Glory, so it's not without use.

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

#1 Magic Noob in Canada since 2002
Buried Alive

Reviews are going to be shorter for me this week as I have stuff to do, well, shorter than usual anyway.

A combo card for sure, it allows you to dump 3 creatures to your graveyard on turn 1 with Dark Ritual which allows for graveyard tricks to be played quickly. It's pretty good at what it does, and although I'm not that old of a player to have seen it in action, this just logically seems to be a good way to dump reanimation targets or graveyard ability creatures into the graveyard. Dredge is fast, but this makes sure you get the stuff in the graveyard.

Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: No idea here, so 2.5/5 to be right in the middle

We kick off Halloween week with Buried Alive from Odyssey.  This oldie but goldie sends three creatures in your library to your graveyard, then allows you to shuffle your library.  I missed Odyssey block unfortunately, but I can see this being used to put some big creatures in the graveyard for a reanimation strategy.  If you run Wonder or any one of the creatures that gave your monsters effects while in the graveyard, Buried Alive helps here to get it into your graveyard.  It could also help you get three cards closer to Threshold as well.  Not bad, but too bad it's an Extended card.
Limited: 4/5

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