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Tainted Sigil
Alara Reborn

Reviewed May xx, 2009

Constructed: 1.50
Casual: 2.25
Limited: 1.75
Multiplayer: 3.25

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Tainted Sigil

For three mana, you get to gain some life? It either Fogs an attack step IF you were able to survive it, which means you're probably going to lose anyway, or it can put you even further ahead if you're already in a position to hit your opponent hard, which means you're probably going to win anyway. Any card that doesn't really change what's happening in game isn't worth playing.
The only upside here is that it says "all players", so in a big multiplayer game you could get something going with it and Breath of Malfegor and maybe Lightning Reaver. If you want to splash white for Tainted Sigil into what is essentially a black/red deck, that is. Or you could tinker with some sort of Cradle of Vitality/Ageless Entity brew-- and splash black into a green/white deck?

Constructed- 1.5
Casual- 2
Multiplayer- 2.5
Limited- 1

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Tainted Sigil

You see cards like this once in a while: the word "all" or "each" appears next to the word "players," for no clear reason other than to make it strong in multiplayer. And we can't get enough of them. It's a great response to such group mainstays as Kokusho (the last popular card to contain the word "all" for no clear reason).

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




Tainted Sigil


Constructed: Hummm, I got nothing for Constructed.


Casual & Multiplayer: Well it looks like it is time to dust off good old Kokusho, the Evening Star. WOW that can be a lot of life in a good size Multiplayer.


Limited: Getting more life in limited can really help out in the long game. No real game breakers in Alara block limited.


Overall a fun card for Multiplayer games.


Constructed: 1

Casual: 3

Multiplayer: 4

Limited: 2




Paul Magic The Gathering COTD: Tainted Sigil

Welcome back today’s card is a BW artifact that can help swing life totals in your favor. So today we have a multicolored artifact with a total converted mana cost of 3 requiring both white and black mana to play. Its effect allows you to tap and sacrifice it to gain life equal to the life lost by all players this turn. Firstly constructed life gain cards rarely if ever see play unless they are attached to an efficient creature like Kitchen Finks or in the ability of lifelink as seen on Loxdon Warhammer, this I doubt will see any play in any constructed formats unless it is as a response to suicide style decks and even then it’s a far stretch. Casual and multiplayer however this card can possibly really shine as you don’t even need to be the one dealing damage and its all players! Stand back and let each other players duke it out with each other and you can reap the benefits! Casual is definitely the place for this card and if you run a B/W deck I would definitely test this in your player circle to gauge its effectiveness as the swing in life totals could possibly be worth the investment of three mana. Limited this card is most likely jank as it can only situationaly be useful to help you win moar! Overall an interesting card with few practical applications, unless I am totally off base I doubt this card will have a huge impact on the game.

Constructed: 1.0
Casual: 2.0
Limited: 2.0
Multiplayer: 1.0

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