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Mind Sludge
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Mind Sludge

Reviewed December 10, 2009

Constructed: 2.75
Casual: 3.50
Limited: 2.75
Multiplayer: 2.75

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Mind Sludge

Standard is so fast these days, your opponent's hand would likely already be empty by turn five. But if it isn't this card all but guarantees it will be. It'd be a killer disruption card, if only there were decks around capable of drawing more cards.

Constructed- 2.3
Casual- 3.75
Limited- 3
Multiplayer- 3.5

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Mind Sludge

I'm a big fan of this card, and others like it. There are plenty of fans who like one color significantly more than others, and they should be rewarded now and then for their loyalty and willingness to play a deck with all one type of basic lands. It's even reasonable in a lot of two-color decks, and it can be an absolute wrecking ball in limited, where big spells and lots of lands are often the order of the day.

Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 3/5
Multiplayer: 2/5


Magic The Gathering COTD:  Mind sludge

Welcome back readers today’s card of the is a powerful tool for mono black decks and has seen successful and extensive play in vampire decks. In standard this card is nuts for vampires and the reason why is obvious it doesn't need a lengthy review it makes them discard a card for each swamp you control it’s powerful. In extended and eternal I doubt it will see much play possibly in extended with a mono black control style deck. In casual and multiplayer being able to strip any players hand is a powerful ability and the only downside is only hitting a single player at a multiplayer table. In limited if you’re going mono black or at least a significant portion of black grab this card otherwise not worth it. A card that doesn't need a lengthy review if you’re playing black you are more than likely wanting to play this card.

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

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Mind Sludge which is a five mana hand destruction effect. At the high cost generally an opponent will not have enough cards in hand to really make use of the discard effect which greatly limits this card's applications. It is possible to combine it with a Megrim style design that gives the opponent enough cards to deal massive damage, but it is quite a bit of effort with a risky foundation.

For Constructed, Casual, and Multiplayer this is a card with too high of a cost compared to other discard effects that are readily available.
Being available only later in the game and having no other effect leaves it far behind most other choices.

With Limited this is generally not a great card to draft as it is dependent on Swamps and will often hit only a small number of cards if any are even in your opponent's hand. For Sealed if running enough Swamps and using other cards that benefit from your opponent having few or no cards in hand this can take a slot, but keep an eye on your mana curve. Generally at five mana you would want a board controlling creature, major removal option, or powerful artifact/enchantment. In Booster this can generally be safely passed around the table even if you have an interest in it. Instead draft cards that can be used earlier or at least more reliably than a card with no direct impact on the battlefield itself.

Constructed: 2.0
Casual: 2.0
Limited: 2.0
Multiplayer: 2.0

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