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Virulent Swipe
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Virulent Swamp
Rise of the Eldrazi

Reviewed June 17, 2010

Constructed: 3.00
Casual: 3.40
Limited: 3.65
Multiplayer: 3.15

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Virulent Swipe

This card has two uses. One, to come down in the middle of combat to turn a chump block into a trade or a suicidal swing into a kill. The second use is to come down before combat and say, "Block and you lose your creature; don't block and you take an extra two." And with rebound, each copy of Virulent Swipe you draw can do both uses. Every rebounded use will likely be the second use, so you may as well get the first use out of it the first time.

Constructed- 3
Casual- 3.5
Limited- 3.5
Multiplayer- 3.5

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Virulent Swipe

Ever killed an Eldrazi with one mana? Well, technically you probably have, but that was with Path to Exile or Condemn or some crazy white spell. Ever killed an Eldrazi with one black mana and a Birds of Paradise? Soon you probably will have. Soon, in fact, you probably will have killed two in one game. Standard players may like Vendetta for the consistency, but I like Virulent Swipe for the surprise factor.

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


Magic The Gathering Card of The Day: Virulent Swipe
Welcome back readers today's card of the day is Virulent Swipe an interesting rebound card for a cheap price. For one mana you get a nifty combat trick and the ability to act as removal put this one mana instant over the top. In standard this card may see play if mono black aggro decks makes a comeback, vampires could possibly make use of this card. I don't know if it will see play over removal cards in standard as for this to be effective removal it requires a creature, not always a given. The fact it can push through for extra damage or force opponents into uncomfortable situations. In extended and eternal I don't think this card has what it takes its solid but not good enough. In casual and multiplayer this card can be used to trade opponents creatures for each other or as a tricky and effective reactionary card. In limited its creature boosting, its cheap and effective and pseudo removal I would pick it highly.
Constructed: 3.0
Casual: 3.0
Limited: 3.5
Multiplayer: 3.0

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Virulent Swipe which for one mana gives +2/+0 and Deathtouch to a creature at Instant speed plus has Rebound.  This is removal on the defensive side as long as the creature can be blocked and pump for the following turn's offense and will destroy anything that blocks it.  Black  hasn't had many pump spells without a negative to toughness in recent years or methods of dealing with Shroud beyond mass removal.  This will see play in many Black decks for quite some time to come.
For Limited this is the kind of card you might draft before a bad rare and is worth picking up as early and often as possible.  The format is filled with large creatures that otherwise can be very difficult to stop, but with Virulent Swipe even an Eldrazi Spawn can trade with a full Eldrazi.  There is no reason to not run this in Sealed when using Black.
Constructed: 4.0
Casual: 4.0
Limited: 4.5
Multiplayer: 4.0

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