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Ancient Grudge
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Ancient Grudge

Reviewed December 8, 2011

Constructed: 3.40
Casual: 3.10
Limited: 3.10
Multiplayer: 3.10

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Ancient Grudge

The fact that Flashback's back makes me happy, and helped to inspire me to this week's COTD theme. Odyssey Block, the block in which Flashback debuted, was the first block I ever experienced. My very first deck was the green/blue Preconstructed, "Trounce-O-Matic", and it went on to inform my favored tactics in Magic to this day. I'm happy to see Flashback is back outside of a nostalgia-themed set, as it tells me that WOTC like Flashback enough to keep making cards with it. I just wished that they'd reprinted an Odyssey block card with it-- Ancient Grudge and Think Twice are, I believe, the only Flashback reprints in Innistrad. Oh well. Two sets still left to see in the block!

Flashback really is a great mechanic to bring back, as Flashback is all about things being brought back. As such, it's a card-advantage generator. Ancient Grudge is an excellent example. It kills two artifacts with one card. If you can generate red and green mana, and if your opponents play artifacts, this is like red and green's answer to Divination. And Mirrodin's baubles and trinkets are still in Standard, so I have no doubt that there'll be plenty of red and green players this holiday season holding a Grudge, and using it to blow up an artifact.

Constructed- 4
Casual- 3.5
Limited- 3.5
Multiplayer- 4

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Ancient Grudge

Fitting that a card originally concepted around the past coming back to haunt people (and that referred to Fires of Yavimaya, the strongest deck that people ever forgot about) returns with a new concept. One that involves werewolves, no less - how come nobody told me it was the Year of the Lycanthrope? Ancient Grudge couldn't have picked a better time to come back, and I expect to see it breaking up a lot of Scars of Mirrodin'-related artifact shenanigans between now and October 2013. Given how many of said shenanigans take place in blue decks that can defend themselves from the aforementioned breakups, flashback is the best keyword this card could want. The only way it could have been better is if it had Aela the Huntress in the art.

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


Welcome back readers todays card of the day is Ancient Grudge first seen in Time Spiral and now Innistrad. In standard this card is powerful artifacts run rampant and a card you can get double advantage out of is certainly powerful as opposed to Shatter. In extended and modern this is a sideboard card and a powerful for decks with access to the flashback cost. In legacy this card could also see play its costed right and can stomp random affinity decks and can provide insurance against every popular artifact from Swords to Phyrexian Revokers. In casual and multiplayer most people don’t play artifact or enchantment destruction, creatures that kill artifacts would be a better choice but the fact this is a two time use makes it viable. In limited it’s a solid sideboard card. Overall Ancient Grudge is a powerful form of removal and using it twice is the icing on the cake.
Constructed: 4.0
Casual: 3.0
Limited: 3.0
Multiplayer: 3.0

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Ancient Grudge which is an upgrade of Shatter when playing Red/Green as both are two mana Red instants that destroy a target artifact, but this card has Flashback for one Green.  This is a very solid sidedeck card and will likely be used as such even in decks without Green mana.
For Limited artifacts are likely to be present in just about any decks, so Ancient Grudge can be maindecked with little chance of it being a dead draw.  This can be drafted around the time of removal in Booster and should be played in any Red deck in Sealed, particularly if Green is splashed or used for acceleration and color fixing.
Constructed: 4.0
Casual: 4.0
Limited: 4.0
Multiplayer: 4.0


     Welcome to the card of the day section here at Pojo.com. Today we look at Ancient Grudge from Innistrad. Ancient Grudge is a red instant that costs one generic and one red mana. Ancient Grudge says destroy target artifact, and has flashback of one green mana.

     There really is not a whole lot that can be said about the Ancient Grudge. It is a decent common that is very helpful and cheap if you run up against lots of artifacts. If not, quite worthless. A sideboard option at it’s best, though many people have an artifact here and there in a majority of their decks. But I don’t know if it is worth putting in a main deck.

      The fact that it is so cheap is a major plus for the card, but the fact that it ends u being useless if you’re not playing against someone who has lots of artifacts makes it a tough call.
Limited: 2/5
Casual: 2/5
Constructed: 2/5
Multiplayer: 2/5

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