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Increasing Devotion
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Increasing Devotion
Dark Ascension

Reviewed February 28, 2012

Constructed: 4.00
Casual: 4.33
Limited: 4.33
Multiplayer: 3.33

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David Fanany

Player since 1995

Increasing Devotion

We've seen this card before, right? It's just Spectral Procession and/or Conqueror's Pledge for a little more mana, right? Well, not exactly. It interacts with Dark Ascension's weirdly-parsing yet powerful Human tribal cards. It has a built-in defense against cards like Negate that so often mess with token-generating cards. It has at least the potential to give you both the early large horde and the late ridiculous horde, where some other similar cards make you choose. And it does all this while managing to actually inspire me, which I mention because in 17 years I've found very few cards from the white-light-law-community alignment in Magic actually moving. Play it often, and play it well. 
Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 4/5
Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Increasing Devotion which for five mana puts five 1/1 White human tokens into play and for nine can be cast from the graveyard through Flashback to put ten tokens into play.  Five tokens for five mana is a strong addition to sit at the high end of a White or Black and White token build's mana curve.  Paying nine for the Flashback is fairly unlikely in most competitive games, but having the option is certainly nice and if it is used will likely win the game.  Overall with the support tokens have currently this will be seeing play and making an impact for some time to come.
In Limited one card that can produce fifteen tokens over two turns is a very efficient pick that is an excellent topdeck and with just two White in either cost easily managed in multicolor decks.  The Flashback cost is not unreasonable in the format and the advantage tokens offer in the creature dominated environment speaks for itself.  With or without support five tokens can do quite a bit of damage to an opponent lacking blockers and five tokens can stall most offensives for enough time to recover.  An easy first pick in Booster and only rarely should be left in the sidedeck of Sealed pools.
Constructed: 4.0
Casual: 4.0
Limited: 5.0
Multiplayer: 4.0


       Welcome to another card of the day review here at Pojo.com. Today we are taking a look at Increasing Devotion from Dark Ascension. Increasing Devotion is a rare white sorcery that costs three generic and two white mana. Increasing Devotion puts 5 1/1 white human creature tokens onto the battlefield, but if you cast it from the graveyard, it puts 10 of those tokens onto the battlefield instead, with a Flashback cost of seven generic mana and two white mana.

      All of the “Increasing” cards in their own ways are amazing. Especially once you know how to best exploit them. Obviously getting the base effect will be nice, but we all truly want that nice re-cast effect. But since the price gets so jacked up, it may seem like we could never get the full benefit. But, that is a fact that is easily overlooked. Out of Dark Ascension an artifact was printed that is called Altar of the Lost. Altar of the Lost allows you to add two mana of any color but only to pay for Flashback costs. Should you have two or even three of these out, that is half of the mana needed to Flashback even Increasing Devotion! But let’s not stop the amazing fun there! Should you run a green and white deck, Parallel Lives combos perfectly with Increasing Devotion. The first drop nets you the ten tokens, and Flashback grants you twenty! And that is just with one Parallel Lives out! Have two out, and then it is twenty the first time, forty the second! And just to finish the cycle of OMG off, run those combos with, say, Warstorm Surge, and end the game without ever even needing to attack!
Limited: 4/5
Casual: 5/5
Constructed: 4/5
Multiplayer: 2/5

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