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Time Spiral

Reviewed September 13, 2007

Constructed: 3.00
Casual: 3.65
Limited: 2.20

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A very disrupting card, for both players. As the player who saw the Smallpox coming, you can play around it by having no creatures to sacrifice or no cards in hand to discard, making it that much more powerful for you. A lot of Haakon decks are using it to discard Haakon and sacrifice a Knight, thus essentially ignoring two of the four requirements. Madness decks like it too. In a pinch, it can also be played simply if your opponent has one nasty creature.

Constructed- 3
Casual- 4
Limited- 2

David N

Thursday - Smallpox

A modified version for pox from back in the day. Pox was good, smallpox is ok. This card is very versatile. Can be used for removal against untargetable creatures such as troll ascetic, in land destruction decks along with rain of tears, and in discard decks. The only problem I've had with this card is make sure you are in a position when this helps your out more. If you are pretty mana screwed DO NOT play this card. I personally like playing this card mid game when you are pretty good control.

Constructed: 4
Casual: 4
Limited: 3

David Fanany

Player since 1995


Apart from having one of the best card names ever, Smallpox is an excellent card - in the right deck. The problem with it is that because the cost to its user is so potentially high, decks have to be set up with it in mind (Flagstones of Trokair, Haakon, Genesis, etc). If you face a deck designed to abuse it or are playing a slower deck, watch out. Otherwise, it's less than spectacular. In Time Spiral limited, I guess it's removal . . . kind of . . .

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

#1 Magic Noob in Canada since 2002

At first it's a symmetrical effect. But let's say you're sacking a used Ravenous Rat, a Terramorphic Expanse and discarding a Fiery Temper. Now follow that up with a really big Tarmagoyf and you'll see why this card is just so good. It's mad advantage and speeds up The Rack rather well.

In casual, Smallpox is a great beginning to a theme-ish deck. It's also really annoying.

In limited, it's much harder to use this to your advantage here. You'll likely give yourself a -1 in advantage here. BB is also harder to pull off.

Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 3.5/5
Limited: 1.5/5

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