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Unscythe, Killer of Kings
Alara Reborn

Reviewed May 20, 2009

Constructed: 2.25
Casual: 3.00
Limited: 3.50
Multiplayer: 3.00

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Unscythe, Killer of Kings

The first line on this was enough to make it Limited-viable. Imagine any creature in blue, black, or red that you wouldn't be ashamed to put into a deck. Now imagine paying an extra 2, and now it has +3/+3 and first strike. I'm imagining a 5/6 Kederekt Creeper-- first strike and deathtouch, and can't be blocked by only one creature?

Then you see that second line, and you realize that whenever your opponent blocks, you get to remove that card from the game and make a 2/2 token for yourself. If only you could somehow get this thing equipped to a Thundercloud Shaman in response to its ability....

Constructed- 2
Casual- 4
Multiplayer- 4.5
Limited- 4.5

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Unscythe, Killer of Kings

What a story this weapon must have. In a way it's too bad the official material on Alara didn't really mention it; we're left to imagine who it might belong to and which kings it's actually killed. It certainly dominates combat in sealed deck, and you might even be able to build a deck around it for casual play.

Constructed: 2/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 3/5
Multiplayer: 2/5




Unscythe, Killer of Kings


Constructed: It is a okay Equipment, but the 2 beat sticks that gain life are better for now.


Casual & Multiplayer: This could help out those Zombie decks that really need more Zombies in play.


Limited: This is just as good as Behemoth Sledge. The first strike I like better than lifelink and trample, plus it gives +3/+3 too. And to start trading one of their creatures to put out more on your side is great. I would really try to use it. The hard part will be to splash the 2 black for it if you are not using black.


Overall a great Equipment card that I am glad it is rare and Legendary.


Constructed: 3

Casual: 3

Multiplayer: 3

Limited: 4




Paul Magic The Gathering COTD: Unscythe, Killer of Kings

Welcome today’s card is a legendary multicolored equipment that provides a plethora of effects for those interested in running URB decks. Unscythe requires a mana investment of UBBR to hit the field and afterwards its equip cost is 2 colorless. The mana cost on this card is horrendous and is only slightly redeemed by its cheap equip cost. The effect you get for your mana investment is the equipped creature gets +3/+3 and first strike, as well as whenever a creature dealt damage by equipped creature is put into a graveyard you may remove that card from the game. If you do, put a 2/2 black zombie creature token into play. This card can turn your smaller creatures into a legitimate threat as well as being able to counter persist and everyone’s favorite graveyard mechanic unearth as well. In addition to helping take care of opponents threatening creatures you in turn get to amass your army of zombie tokens to use as chump blockers or an extra couple of points of damage. In any constructed format besides standard at this point this card will most likely never see play, in current standard this card is overshadowed by more powerful cheaply costed cards and the prevalence of non UBR colored decks. It has potential to be a devastating equipment once you get it into play the equip cost can help give you a devastating creature the question is it worth playing UBR and the initial mana investment. I’m answering no. In casual and multiplayer this card can screw with graveyard shenanigans and allow you to amass zombies and plays well with a host of cards from this block, such as Lich Lord of Unx, casual players will most likely be as turned off as I am by the mana cost though so I doubt it would get extensive play. Limited it’s a rare and its three colored if you’re in the colors grabbing it couldn’t hurt as it could be considered partial removal. Tune in tomorrow for yet another card that most likely will not see any serious tournament play but is a casual godsend.

Constructed: 2.0
Casual: 1.5
Limited: 2.0
Multiplayer: 1.5

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