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Howling Banshee
Magic 2010

Reviewed July 3, 2009

Constructed: 3.00
Casual: 3.50
Limited: 4.00
Multiplayer: 4.17

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David Fanany

Player since 1995

Howling Banshee

Despite the banshee being one of the most resonant images in fantasy, it's taken quite a long time for the trope to shriek its way out of the moors of Ireland and Scotland and into Magic; there have only been a couple of cards in the past referencing these spectral harbingers of death. But classic fantasy is what M10 is all about, and Howling Banshee more than pulls her weight on that front. She's a deceptively dangerous threat to opposing creatures and players; a 3/3 flying creature is, to paraphrase Dave Price, objectively good. One that can sometimes finish off an opponent without having to attack (in a way that can't be stopped by Runed Halo) is even better.

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




Howling Banshee


Constructed: Cool card for constructed, but not a new shiny powerhouse for Standard or any other competive format.


Casual & Multiplayer: This card has fun written all over it. Work it over with some bounce or use it with Tainted Sigil in a big multiplayer. Fun times indeed.


Limited: A 3/3 flyer for 4 mana not bad for limited. Dealing that extra 3 life loss could win the game for you.


Overall a great card to preview for the new M10 core set. Can not wait for the new core set to come out.

What I am really looking forward to is drafting and maybe some sealed deck.


Constructed: 2

Casual: 3

Multiplayer: 4

Limited: 4





* Game Store Owner
This is definitely something different. The art is kinda creepy looking too, which is a nice bonus.

Getting a 3/3 flier for 4 mana is perfectly costed, so that's not a huge surprise. Having BOTH players lose 3 life is intriguing. It keeps with the suicide them that Black carries from time to time, but it can also lend itself to being a solid weapon.

In limited situations, this card can be really strong. You won't mind losing a few life points if your opponent is at 6 life or less. That will setup a nice situation for you on the next attack with your newly made flier. And being a 3/3 creature makes it formidable in combat situations too.

And don't forget the power of this type of card in a multiplayer setting. You could easily kill off multiplayers that are low on life. You could also gain some political clout in your game by using (or not using) the Banshee. Since it affects all players, it could be a scary card that might put several players on notice. It could get even scarier if you were to draw multiples.

Overall, it's not a superstar card, but it's definitely something that's playable and useful.

Constructed: 3.5
Limited: 4
Casual: 3.5
Multiplayer: 4.5
Paul Magic The Gathering COTD: Howling Banshee

Welcome back readers today’s card is another possible addition to black decks arsenal upon the release of M10. The price of four mana requiring a commitment to black nets you a 3/3 flyer makes each player lose 3 life. Remember ladies and gentlemen the only life that matters is the last one; this card helps lower opponent’s life totals to allow your suicide black creatures to swarm. In standard this card may see play in a dedicated black deck as it is a decently priced flyer in black and pushes the suicide black concept. In extended and other formats this card most likely won’t see extensive play. In casual and multiplayer the ability to hit a large or small number of players with a life loss is a nice advantage for a creature oriented black deck that puts an opponent on a clock. In limited it flies its black and it helps reduce an opponent’s life. A solid pick if you’re in black. Overall this card helps to illustrate the suicidal tendencies of black as a color and provide an efficient creature to boot.

Constructed- 3.0
Casual- 3.0
Limited- 3.0
Multiplayer- 3.0
BMoor BMoor decided to building a Howling Banshee Deck for you today instead of doing a Card of the Day Review.  You can read it here in his deck garage.

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