A decent black kill spell that lets you gain
life and take out a creature. A bit pricey at
four mana, but it wants you to wait until late
game to use it anyway. It also wants you to run
Swamps, not nonbasic lands, so it's at its best
in monoblack decks. Thus, it's strength in any
format is tied to the strength of the other
black cards in that format.
This card was first released in Time Spiral,
during a different multicolor-themed Standard
season, and back then it also seemed to be a
contradiction by demanding heavy commitment to
one color, and to black no less, which limits
options against enchantments and artifacts.
Guess what? People played it anyway. Its instant
speed allows spectacular ambush plays, and
casting even one against a creature-based deck
can be devastating.
This time around it is missing it's land. But
still has some potential for some good plays in
a mono black deck. If one can make a come back.
Casual & Multiplayer:
You sometimes pay a lot of life in some back
decks. It is good to be able to get it back. And
kill a big creature too.
One of the best removal spells at instant speed.
Take care of alot of creatures and gains you
more life. Also a top hate draft. Would not like
it used against me either.
Overall a good reprint. Even though it is
missing it Legendary Land.
Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno
Today's card of the day is Tendrils of Corruption
last seen in Time Spiral and a fairly popular
card both then and now. Naturally at home in
primarily or exclusively Black decks it can very
effectively change the state of the game in a
In Constructed, Casual, and Multiplayer a mostly
or all Swamp-based deck can utilize this card to
both remove a threat and gain back a decent bit
of life. A bit expensive for removal at four
mana, but it is quite easy to gain five or six
life in addition to a destruction effect.
For Limited the value of this card is reduced a
bit in Sealed as playing a single color is
extremely difficult. For Booster though having
removal and life gain with the ability to draft
entirely in Black makes this a very solid card
and a high pick if your color is already
decided. I consider this and Doom Blade to be
two of the best draft picks for Black and it
should be taken before almost any other card.