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Royal Assassin

Reviewed July 14, 2009

Constructed: 2.25
Casual: 3.00
Limited: 3.90
Multiplayer: 3.00

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Royal Assassin

Repeatable creature kill. Doesn't that say enough? I mean, sure, it can't kill creatures with vigilance, and it can sort of be gamed around, if your opponent is willing to stop tapping creatures. But if your opponent has to do that, aren't you in a good position anyway?

Constructed- 2
Casual- 3
Multiplayer- 3.5
Limited- 4

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Royal Assassin

Another classic cool card - so cool, in fact, that it inspired a specific reference in Time Spiral in the form of Assassinate, which then made it to M10 along with the original. The circle is complete. He'll never be one of the most powerful cards for constructed, but he was part of one of the first two-card strategies along with Icy Manipulator, and can still threaten away an entire army in drafts.

Constructed: 1/5
Casual: 2/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 2/5




Royal Assassin


Constructed: He been around for quite some time now and has never really been in any top decks lately.


Casual & Multiplayer: With so many ways to tap creatures, if can kill them. Always a pop it with the casual crowd.


Limited: He looks to be a good pick for creature control. With the reprint of Whispersilk Cloak you can keep him alive, or if your opponent has it in play than he is screwed. Not this best pick but if he hits and stays for awhile than you can kill alot of creatures.


Overall a good card that is good to see reprinted again.


Constructed: 3

Casual: 4

Multiplayer: 3

Limited: 4




Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno Today's card of the day is Royal Assassin which has been in the core set since eighth edition and before that had an early run in the Alpha through Fourth editions. This has always been a very solid card and fun to use in combination with other cards. Repeatable destruction at a fairly low cost can be brutal, but the low toughness creature attached to it is the balancing point.

Constructed should still find this a bit slow, due to summoning sickness, but it often finds a home in specialized decks. I haven't seen it in anything recently, but it is the same cost as many removal spells and can be repeated with support.

Casual enjoys tricks to keep the effect going and it is a good control/defense tool for black.

Limited is a great place for this card as the options for removal are reduced and less in number for each deck and is itself removal. The double black hurts it quite a bit though as it limits the deck design to being heavily into that color, making your other picks critical. In sealed playing it depends entirely on what is in your packs as it needs support and a focus on the color. In booster draft it is the kind of pick that locks you into a color and may limit your sight on future selections.

Multiplayer games can be slowed down by a single Royal Assassin threatening anything that tries to tap. Quite a bit of fun to be had there, but still very vulnerable to removal.

Constructed: 3
Casual: 3
Limited: 3.5
Multiplayer: 3.5
Paul Magic The Gathering COTD: Royal Assassin

Welcome back readers today we have yet another iconic black card, Royal Assassin. For three mana you get a 1/1 that can tap and destroy target tapped creature. A creature that can destroy opponent’s creatures as they attack is nice and it may discourage an opponent from attacking with a valuable creature. The major downside is if they don’t attack with it they can still block and you have an annoying creature staring you down. In current standard there’s a wealth of more efficient cards I doubt Royal Assassin will see play outside a dedicated black deck that could use repeatable removal in extended and the eternal formats Royal Assassin won’t be seen nearly ever. In casual and multiplayer politics plays an interesting factor, your friend wants to attack Mr. Howling Mine who keeps feeding you cards, will they risked getting there creatures killed by the assassin? In limited its repeatable removal, take it. Royal Assassin is an iconic black card that flavorfully and eloquently represents black in the core set. A Royal Assassin standoff is also a ridiculous occurrence.

Constructed: 2.0
Casual: 3.0
Limited: 4.0
Multiplayer: 3.0

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