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Necrotic Plague
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Necrotic Plague

Reviewed July 29, 2010

Constructed: 1.75
Casual: 2.50
Limited: 2.00
Multiplayer: 2.67

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Necrotic Plague

An Aura that bounces from creature to creature, killing indiscriminately. The downside of this is that your opponent will undoubtedly keep putting it back on your creatures. The upside is that, in a multiplayer game, you don't necessarily need creatures as long as somebody has some, and if your opponents have no choice but to keep passing this back and forth among each other, you're gaining card advantage over the entire table.

Constructed- 2
Casual- 2
Limited- 2
Multiplayer- 2

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Necrotic Plague
Harkening back to the super-cool Kudzu and Takklemaggot, Necrotic Plague presents a lose-lose situation for their opponent: delay doing what they want to do, or do it anyway and lose their cards right away. The fact that you need creatures too if you want to send it back at them is something of a puzzle to build around, but I'm sure someone will try, somehow. An interesting card with the potential to do some very good things.
Constructed: 2/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 2/5
Multiplayer: 3/5
Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Necrotic Plague which is similar to the older card Takklemaggot though a bit less complicated.  The effect is certainly fun for a casual format, but a four mana delayed removal that can be fired back at your own creatures is far below par for Black. 

Even if the deck was arranged to have an expendable target such as Reassembling Skeleton there are far too many ways for an opponent to easily disrupt the combo.  That combined with the expense make it an unlikely presence in serious formats, but potentially played by casual or truly chaotic multiplayer styles.
For Limited despite being potentially reusable removal and the presence of Reassembling Skeleton in set there are better cards at lower mana costs and rarity levels to choose from.  In Sealed I would be unlikely to play it and would seriously consider drafting an uncommon or even common instead during a Booster draft.
Constructed: 2.0
Casual: 2.5
Limited: 2.0
Multiplayer: 2.5

Josh Necrotic Plague
Probably going nowhere as a rare/card unless in decks that are more manipulative of stranger black cards. Probably not going to see Competitive Black play due to bigger cards like Lich and Grave Titan. For Casual and Draft it can be useful, more in Draft. 
Competitive: 1/5
Casual: 2.5/5
Pauper Magic: 2/5
Sealed/Draft: 3/5

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