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Haunting Echoes

Reviewed July 24, 2009

Constructed: 3.00
Casual: 3.75
Limited: 1.33
Multiplayer: 2.67

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Haunting Echoes

Last time this was Standard-legal, this and Traumatize made a pretty slick combo. I remember six-way casual games where this would take a player out of the game without actually making him lose-- just leave him sitting there, drawing land for the next ten turns before finally decking out, unable to do anything beyond what he already had in play and hoping nobody dropped an Akroma's Vengeance. That combo may be too slow for today's Constructed, and combo never pays off in Limited, but around the casual tables it's a gruesome blow, akin to burying a guy in the desert and leaving him to the ants.
Without Traumatize? Meh, it's a weird Cranial Extraction variant. Could be useful, I guess.

Constructed- 2.5
Casual- 4.75
Multiplayer- 4.75
Limited- 1.1

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Haunting Echoes

This card was already a powerhouse in constructed once, when Patriarch's Bidding was heavily played in Standard. Later, it returned in Extended to foil Gifts Ungiven strategies. I have no doubt that it will do the same again - it's in the same set as Mind Shatter, so watch out. You could bring it to your kitchen table as an effective, if mean, answer to the likes of Kokusho, though I'd recommend that only as a last resort after you asked them nicely to play something else!

Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 2/5
Multiplayer: 2/5
Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno Today's card of the day and the last card in this week's Black theme is Haunting Echoes. You may already have heard about it as one half of the combination with Traumatize and that's pretty much the main use for it.
Support cards can include Jace, Memory Sluice, Mind Funeral, Lich Lord of Unx, Memory Erosion, Nemesis of Reason, Oona, and Tome Scour as examples. I mainly like it with Mind Funeral as it is fairly cheap and quite brutal before a Haunting Echoes. It is also a faster play than the in set Traumatize as that also costs five mana while Funeral is only three.

Constructed is an environment where deck destroyers are notoriously hard to effectively wield. The potential with some of the newer cards listed above makes the concept tempting, but it is still vulnerable to faster decks. It is possible someone will break out just the right mix of the above with support to win games, but for now this seems like a lower level threat.

Casual is a format where different themes take off and a library destruction deck is something many people find enjoyable. I expect to see a number of decks featuring Haunting Echoes appear in homes and schools in the near future.

Limited is not a good place for this card at all. Generally people won't have multiple copies of much and even then it may only be of one or two different cards. More or less unplayable aside from getting to see their entire deck. This is the kind of rare you can safely pass in Booster Draft unless you really need it for your collection. The double black just adds to an overall terrible limited card.

Multiplayer is the last place you'd ever want to play a deck that is entirely designed on destroying a single player's library. You will absolutely run out of momentum in a race against several opponents even if you somehow manage to cripple two or more decks with the above combos.

Constructed: 2.5
Casual: 3.5
Limited: 1.0
Multiplayer: 1.0

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