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Spite // Malice
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Duel Decks: Ajani vs. Nicol Bolas

Reviewed September 22, 2011

Constructed: 2.25
Casual: 2.67
Limited: 3.13
Multiplayer: 2.87

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The Spite half looks pretty flimsy when you compare it to Negate, and the Malice half is similarly twice the price of Doom Blade, and one more than Dark Banishing. But what you're paying for here is the versatility. If you've got a black/blue deck and four mana up, you can pretty much deal with anything. If you don't need a kill spell, you've got a counterspell, and vice versa. I would never run it in any deck that couldn't use both halves-- I'd use Negate or Doom Blade accordingly-- but in a blue/back deck I'd give it a hard look.

Constructed- 2
Casual- 2.5
Limited- 3.5
Multiplayer- 3

David Fanany

Player since 1995


It's funny to think that there are cards in recent sets with the exact same game text as both halves of this card but that cost half as much. I know these may look drastically overcosted (not to me - I actually think Doom Blade is drastically undercosted), but what you really get with a card like this is the option to have either when you need it most. It's like a Charm, of Visions and Alara fame, and it's also useful: after all, every non-land card in the game is either a creature or not a creature!

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


Welcome back readers continuing our theme for this week today’s card of the day is Spite/ Malice an interesting split card.  In standard once again it is not legal but the card provides a nice if overpriced Negate and a form of creature kill making it versatile but also expensive. In other constructed formats modern, extended and eternal formats it is overcosted and outclassed, having a split card to fill dual roles is pretty nice but not worth the  price of admission. In casual and multiplayer this card is amazing especially in Commander It fills dual roles and is more often than not never a dead card, the fact it has dual uses means you have more opportunities to utilize it to the maximum potential. In multiplayer versatility is a key component of evaluating cards and most of the split cards this being no exception is powerful. In limited it would be expensive removal and counter magic rolled into one card a high pick where applicable. Overall a powerful split card design that is versatile and fun.
Constructed:  2.0
Casual: 3.0
Limited: 3.0
Multiplayer: 3.5

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Spite/Malice which is a four mana Blue or Black spell that can counter a non-creature spell or destroy a non-Black creature which then can't be regenerated.  Both sides are double the cost of similar effects and even though it is more versatile by being on one card, the mana cost and fact that only Blue/Black decks have use for this really hinder any playability.  Other options exist and it is just mediocre as is.
For Limited both parts are playable, if weak, and can find a home in a Blue, Black, or Blue/Black deck.  In Sealed either color can run it, while in Booster it can be drafted after the better cards in the pack have been taken.
Constructed: 2.0
Casual: 2.0
Limited: 3.0
Multiplayer: 2.0

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