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Sangrite Backlash
Alara Reborn

Reviewed June 23, 2009

Constructed: 1.87
Casual: 2.50
Limited: 3.50
Multiplayer: 2.17

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Sangrite Backlash

At two mana, this ranks in power level with Last Gasp and Nameless Inversion. Except those were monocolor, and they each had advantages over this: Last Gasp subtracted from the target's power as well as toughness, Nameless Inversion had tribal interactions, and they both were instants. This sorcery-speed kill spell's only advantage is that it lasts more than one turn, so your opponent can't respond with a Giant Growth and save his creature, as well as give it +6/+0.

Alright, he still can, but with Nameless Inversion, that usually happened while the creature was attacking you and you took an extra 6. With the Backlash playable only on your turn, by the time the creature can attack you any Giant Growth effects will have worn off, leaving the creature dead.

Constructed- 2.5
Casual- 3
Multiplayer- 3
Limited- 4

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Sangrite Backlash

Should you think of this as a worse Rancor? Should you think of this as a permanent Nameless Inversion? Should you think of this as both? As neither? Should you be glad that Uril, the legendary creature who arguably likes wearing this aura more than anybody else, is mythic? Yes.

Constructed: 2/5
Casual: 3/5
Multiplayer: 2/5
Limited: 3/5
Paul Magic The Gathering COTD: Sangrite Backlash

Welcome back faithful readers today’s card is one of the gold/ hybrid cards of Alara Reborn, Sangrite Backlash. With a casting cost of B/G R backlash falls squarely into the shard of Jund, +3/-3 to a large variety of creatures means death but being removal backlash is fairly outclassed by any number of red burn spells including Incinerate, and Flame Javelin, the only advantage backlash provides is you can stick it on your creature to possibly increase its power to beefy levels. Currently Sangrite Backlash is also outclassed by a large amount of black removal spells, namely Nameless Inversion which also promotes or punishes tribal interactions as well as the classic black kill card, Terror. In standard there are too many options for this to see play until after rotation and possibly not even then. In the other competitive formats this card is unanimously out of the question. Casual and multiplayer have board sweepers and more efficient pump and kill spells at their disposal making backlash a sub par choice for these types of decks. The only real place Sangrite Backlash shines is in limited, the ability to be a cheap and effective form of creature removal and a pumping enchantment on your beefy creatures bumps its effectiveness up tremendously making it a nice pick for those in Jund’s colors for drafts.

Constructed- 1.0
Casual- 1.5
Limited- 3.5
Multiplayer- 1.5

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