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Empty the Catacombs
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Empty the Catacombs
Ravnica: City of Guilds

Reviewed April 17, 2012

Constructed: 2.75
Casual: 3.13
Limited: 2.35
Multiplayer: 2.75

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Empty the Catacombs

Cards like these are why black gets to exile cards in graveyards. Well, actually, I don't really know why black felt the need to call dibs on that ability-- outside of blocks like Odyssey and Innistrad that ability is completely useless. But Empty the Catacombs isn't useless-- it's a great way to restock in the late game. You may be bothered by the fact that it gives your opponent all his dead creatures back too, but in addition to graveyard exile, black can reanimate creatures straight out of opponents' graveyards before playing this, or it can follow it up with a discard spell. There's plenty of ways to work with this if you're prepared to. I just don't think I'd want to indiscriminately add it to any black deck without having some way to mitigate the symmetry.

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

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Empty the Catacombs
This is far from the most famous card from the Ravnica block, but it is nonetheless notable for being one of the cheapest mass (partial) resurrection cards ever printed. All it asks is that you find a way around its symmetry, which has always been surprisingly easy to do. Perhaps you control some kind of hard-to-kill permanent like Scrabbling Claws or Junktroller that keeps harmful stuff out of your opponents' graveyards. Maybe you cast Ravenous Trap or Suffer the Past the turn before this. Maybe you just don't care because your creatures are all bigger than anything your opponent might get back, or because your teammate is getting stuff back that will help you out. Any recursion card holds within it the potential for an insurmountable advantage, and this one is particularly interesting to build around.
Constructed: 2/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 3/5
Multiplayer: 3/5


Welcome back readers todays card of the day is Empty The Catacombs an interesting graveyard based card from Ravnica. Currently in legacy and vintage and modern this card is certainly unique but not very competitive. The fact it affects both players give your opponent more resources to work with is just bad. In casual and multiplayer giving two or more people access to powerful creatures in their graveyards is just asking for trouble, you can build your deck to abuse this card but it doesn’t seem like it’s worth the effort and the deckslot. In limited this card is bizarre allowing both players to get their bombs back meaning this card could backfire more often than not. Overall an interesting card with few applications and an effect that helps everyone making it quite narrow.
Constructed: 1.0
Casual: 2.0
Limited: 1.5
Multiplayer: 2.0

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Empty the Catacombs which is a four mana Black spell that has each player return all creatures from the graveyard to their hands.  A deck that is designed to take advantage of the effect will usually fare better against a random opponent, but combining this with something to remove their creatures or graveyard first is a big benefit.  Black has other methods of getting creatures from the graveyard back or even directly into play without potentially helping any opponents, so overall this is a card that while strong shouldn't see much play.
For Limited games where this is legal the risk of giving an opponent back anything they had somewhat outweighs the benefits of using it, particularly with four mana tied up in casting it which should give them an edge on refilling the battlefield.  Barring a really strange pool it is probably better to leave this in the sidedeck in Sealed and pass on it for Booster unless a clear advantage can be made through other available cards.
In Multiplayer this should not be played unless a combination is used that greatly benefits from the number of cards that each opponent has in their hands or all opponent graveyards are somehow removed.  Otherwise the risk outweighs the reward and any gain from replaying some of your creatures will likely be overwhelmed by an entire field of refreshed opponents.
Constructed: 2.5
Casual: 2.5
Limited: 2.0
Multiplayer: 1.5


       Welcome to the Pojo.com card of the day section. Today we are looking at Empty the Catacombs from Ravnica. Empty the Catacombs is a rare black sorcery that costs three generic and one black mana. Empty the Catacombs says each player returns all creature cards from their graveyard to their hands.

     In today’s Magic world, Empty the Catacombs is really just not that great of a card. there are much better spells that allow YOU to get creatures, not your opponents. For example, I would rather use Grimoir of the Dead instead. One more mana and some effort, and you gain all creatures from all graveyards onto the battlefield under your control. Or for that matter, use Liliana Vess’ final. Returning them to your hand can be fun, I just wish it wouldn’t benefit your opponent as well.
Limited: 3/5
Casual: 3/5
Constructed: 3/5
Multiplayer: 3/5

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