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Planar Chaos

Reviewed January 03, 2007

Constructed: 5
Casual: 5
Limited: 4

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Witness the return of Mono Black control. With the coming of Time Spiral and the soon-to-arrive Planar Chaos, Black has begun to rack up several powerful control-related elements. Smallpox is a good example, and without revealing too much, Black is going to borrow a bit of blue as well as white. These cards together could work in tandem to create a brutal control situation for the opponent, supplemented by Black's specialty: Targeted hand destruction. Time will tell if MBC proves to be a contender in the future.

One of the neat things about Damnation is that, while it is a complete shift of Wrath of God into black, it still makes a fair amount of sense. While Black typically employs cool and calculated creature destruction (See Barter in Blood,) in the Planar Chaos "Alternate Timeline," black has a "Forget it, let's just kill everyone" streak. I look forward to seeing more of these "Planeshifted" cards in the weeks to come.

Constructed: 5/5. This will probably become a huge force in Standard, and may open up an entire new deck archetype. Keep an eye on Mono Black.

Limited: 4/5. Extremely powerful, and can swing games in your favor, but care must be taken to play around your own Damnation, because it can be more difficult in Limited to build your deck around a board-sweeper as absolute as this one.

Casual: 5/5. This is going to be a chase rare. The demand for a Wrath of God in black is going to be crazy high. Some say that they like it even more than Mutilate.



For those of you who haven't seen this before, Wizards' home page has a neat graphic on the front page showing Wrath of God "planeshifting" into this parallel universe counterpart, Damnation. Now, ignoring the ramifications of such blatant Christian influence on a game that sells all over the world and has been persecuted as "Satanic" by extremist conservative groups, this card has already caused some severe discontent among players. Many fear that with a Black Wrath and a White Wrath both Standard legal, already powerful B/W decks will dominate the format and creature-based strategies will be obsoleted. Others insist that the existence of Mutilate proves that the game can handle a Black board sweeper. The true impact remains to be seen, but now that Black no longer needs White to kill all creatures for 4 mana, and can now handle Akroma in a new way, Black decks should be much more viable.

Constructed- 3.7
Casual- 4.8
Limited- 4.7
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