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Rise from the Grave

Reviewed August 21, 2009

Constructed: 2.50
Casual: 2.90
Limited: 3.40

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Rise from the Grave

The "it's a black Zombie now" clause will almost never be relevant, but it does give this card that resonant flavor. And even though it costs one more than Zombify, it makes up for it by being able to snatch your opponent's dead creatures. Good in reanimator decks, or even just in any dead with creatures that would want to bring them back when they die. I basically read this as being Body Double.

Constructed- 2.5
Casual- 3.5
Multiplayer- 3.75
Limited- 3.25

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Rise from the Grave

I rather like this card. On paper, the one extra mana in its cost compared to Zombify looks like it might be significant, but a lot of decks these days are waiting until turn five or so anyway. The color change and type change might be relevant occasionally, but for me, the biggest selling point is that it can steal your opponent's creatures. Why play your own Broodmate Dragons when you can benefit from someone else's?

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

Friday 8-21-09

Rise from the Grave


Constructed: Great idea but the card is expensive to cast. And it is a Sorcery.


Casual & Multiplayer: Now this can be a real fun card to play around in multiplayer games. Even maybe some EDH. A new toy for the Panoptic Mirror deck.


Limited: Not a top pick in my book, but if I was going black I would used it for sure.


Overall a great card, just a little on the expensive side for casting costs.


Constructed: 3

Casual: 2

Mutliplayer: 4

Limited: 3




Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno Today's card of the day is Rise From the Grave, a more flavorful version of Black's Raise Dead series of cards. The high cost is a bit of an issue compared to most alternatives, but working with either graveyard can add some value.

In Constructed the cost and limited applications really drag it down and I don't see it getting played much at all. Even if a zombie or reanimator deck takes off, the need to have a worthwhile creature in the opponent's graveyard for maximum value of this card is a big negative.

For Casual this can be a fun card to use in certain combo decks, such as the Polymorph one mentioned earlier this week. Also, being able to take your opponent's best creature and use it against them (perhaps while chanting Braaaaaains) is what Casual is all about. The chances of seeing higher mana cost creatures is a bit better as well.

In Limited the card is much better as it gets a creature back and can pick whatever is most useful from either grave. A zombie Serra or Baneslayer Angel can be a quick switch in the tide of a battle and with the higher number of large creatures in the format scenarios like the above are not too rare. A deck featuring this, some discard or deck destruction, and Doom Blades is a strong design for Black or Black/Blue in Booster or Sealed and I consider this card a higher draft pick if Doom Blade or Hypnotic Specter are in your pool.

With Multiplayer the large selection of graveyards is the best feature as it increases the likelihood of a bomb target. Otherwise it is similar in value to Constructed and Casual.

Constructed: 2.5
Casual: 3.0
Limited: 4.0
Multiplayer: 3.0

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