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Go for the Throat
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Go for the Throat
Mirrodin Besieged

Reviewed Feb. 28, 2011

Constructed: 3.80
Casual: 4.20
Limited: 3.80
Multiplayer: 4.00

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Go for the Throat

A Doom Blade variant that misses artifact creatures instead of black creatures? This would've been amazing if it hadn't been printed in a Mirrodin block. As it is, I can't see why people like this so much. Black creatures aren't really all that popular, though people still play Abyssal Persecutor. Artifact creatures are incredibly popular-- it seems like everybody has one! So why would you switch this out for Doom Blade? I guess you could keep one in the sideboard and one int he maindeck, but I'd say it's up to each player to decide whether black creatures or artifact creatures are more common in his or her metagame, and adjust accordingly. I do like that Go for the Throat allows for that adjustment, and from a flavor standpoint it makes much more sense for a kill spell to fail to work on clockwork creatures than on black-aligned creatures, but right now Myr and Golems and Constructs are just everywhere! Practically every deck has at least one creature that Go for the Throat can't kill these days. I'll be hoping to see this get a reprint down the line though, in an environment where it can really flourish.

Constructed- 2
Casual- 4
Limited- 3
Multiplayer- 4

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Go for the Throat
I dunno, I always thought Terror was already pretty universal. Maybe I'm just old. If this card was in any block other than Scars of Mirrodin, it would be ridiculous. Even when more artifact creatures are around than average, it's very good. Depending how popular Wurmcoil Engine and Phyrexian Revoker are, it could even become the best Terror variant in Standard. And you gotta love the art.
Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 3/5
Multiplayer: 3/5


Welcome back readers today s card of the day is Go For The Throat a powerful format defining card. In standard and extended this has become the default kill spell as the only commonly played card it cannot kill is Wurmcoil Engine there are other examples but this is the most prominent, decks such as fairies and vampires can utilize this card to kill a wider variety of creatures in the format and continued to be powerful decks its a format defining card that can dictate the metagame to an extent. In eternal I'm not sure if this will see play possibly in black decks but it doesn't work against affinity aside from that it is a powerful kill spell with a high level of versatility. In casual and multiplayer its a powerful card that can kill most of the angels and dragons and presents a powerful threat for opponents to play around. In limited its first pick material and powerful removal pick it early and pick it often. Overall  a format defining card that is seeing extensive play and will continue to do so.
Constructed: 4.5
Casual: 4.5
Limited: 5.0
Multiplayer: 4.0

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Go for the Throat which is similar to Doom Blade as an upgrade over Terror for Black removal, with a bit a weakness given the artifact heavy nature of the block.  Both cards are legal in the Standard currently and can be played in the same decks or sidedecked for each other as needed.  Barring running into a myr or other artifact deck this is one of the best removal options available and a great choice for pretty much any Black deck to run.
In Limited this is an uncommon that can be drafted first when there's a bad rare and often a second or third pick as the next packs come around.  Multiple copies in Sealed should direct you towards at least splashing Black as it is a low cost and very effective source of generally rare removal.  While the block is loaded with artifacts many big threats can be easily dealt with by Go for the Throat and having even one copy in your deck can make a huge difference.  Knowing that your opponent will definitely be running artifact creatures makes this a bit less impressive than Constructed on the whole, but it should still be played whenever possible.
Constructed: 4.5
Casual: 4.5
Limited: 4.0
Multiplayer: 4.5


    Welcome to the pojo.com Card of the Day. Today we are taking a look at Go For the Throat. Go For the Throat is a one generic and one black mana instant that destroys target non-artifact creature. With an ability like that it is no wonder it is one of the most sought after cards from the new set, and certainly one of the most popular uncommons.

    Simply put, this card puts down lots of problems, and when run with Doom Blade, there isn’t much you cannot take care of. The main problem for black removal always was it couldn’t take care of things that were black. But Go For the Throat makes the exception in a major way. Grave Titans, Demon of Death’s Gate, Xathrid Demon, and all the other black fatties now have something to worry about when matched up against another black deck. But it is even better. Now, in standard, there is a removal spell that just screams that black is making a run to remain a powerhouse. Such a powerful spot removal spell can drop even some of the main threats in any format.

     However, this spell may lose some of its luster soon. With all the artifacts because we are in an artifact heavy block, perhaps some of the threats that will be faced within the next few months will be artifact creatures, and this card just won’t hold up well. I think in light of that, this will be heavily sideboarded with its counterpart Doom Blade, and the combination of the two could be devastating. Depending on what the next actual block is going to be based on, it could of course see major upwelling once that hits. But it will be of interest to see if when this summers Core Set hits if the one two punch can hold on into the next generation standard format.

    All in all perhaps the best spot removal since Path to Exile, and certainly one of the best black removals.
Limited: 4/5
Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 5/5
Multiplayer: 5/5

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