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Raven's Crime

Reviewed July 29, 2008

Constructed: 2.90
Casual: 2.67
Limited: 2.00

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Tuesday - Raven's Crime

A very simple card showcasing a new keyword, Retrace. Like a lot of the Retrace cards, this thing is so-so early game, and gets much better in the late game. Later in the game, you'll probably have plenty of excess land to pitch to this and destroy their hand by using it multiple times. I wouldn't be surprised if this sees play in a discard deck, but such a deck probably won't be too viable right now because of Faeries and Quick 'n Toast. Still, one of the better discard cards to come along in a while.

In limited, I probably wouldn't bother, because you can't build your deck around a discard theme here, so they'll just pitch excess land like you are.

Constructed - 2.5
Casual - 3
Limited - 2

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Raven's Crime
In a way, I like this card better than Cry of Contrition - it can be used many times throughout a game, compared to a maximum of two for Cry of Contrition.The cost of discarding a land is pretty steep, but you may not have anything much better to do with late-game lands anyway. If some sort of Tarmo-Rack style deck makes a comeback, expect this card to feature.
Constructed: 2/5
Casual: 2/5
Limited: 2/5

Tuesday July 29th

Raven's Crime


Constructed: Dark Ritual and discard 2 lands to make your opponent discard 3 cards, what's the point? Yeah their hand is smaller, but so is yours. Now this this funny trick you could use for Standard with Dakmor Salvage. This idea was brought to me by one of my fellow players.


Casual: A one for one is not that fun for the casual crowd. They like the big ones that take out entire hands.


Limited: Not my first pick for a draft or to use in my sealed deck. They get to choose what to discard. So early game it can make them think what can I do without, now late game they could be holding their bomb that either they cannot play or they are waiting for the right moment and it is the only card in their hand. BANG! One for the team.


Anyways, overall it is a good card for all formats but the retrace ablitity will be broken somewhere, somehow.


Constructed: 4

Casual: 3






Raven's Crime

At first blush, repeatable discard looks pretty sweet.  But just as Nightmare Void from Ravnica turned out to be a disappointment, so may this.  As I've heard pointed out about this card, it usually lets you discard your lands to make your opponent discard theirs.  I guess if your opponent is discarding his lands to play Cenn's Enlistment, Call the Skybreaker, or Spitting Image, it would be worth it, but otherwise this looks like one of the less useful of the retrace cards.

Constructed- 2

Casual- 2.5

Limited- 2.5

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