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Faithless Looting
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Faithless Looting
Dark Ascension

Reviewed February 8, 2012

Constructed: 3.75
Casual: 3.38
Limited: 4.00
Multiplayer: 3.25

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Faithless Looting

Red has long had abilities like this, but they've looked exactly like this. Usually red has to either discard first, or discard at random, to reflect red's traditional lack of foresight. This is the first straight "draw and discard" red spell I've seen. Sans flashback, it could be a colorshifted Careful Study. I like this, and it's not just because I have fond memories of Careful Study. Red has long struggled with its shallow slice of the color pie. It's good at dealing damage, and not much else. It's always refreshing to see a red instant or sorcery that does something else, and I kind of hope that red will continue to get spells like this in the future. Somehow I suspect red only got this because Innistrad is the graveyard block, and this is a tool to help them dump flashback spells into the graveyard so people can build Flashback.dec. I hope I'm wrong, though. Red could really use a staple like this.

Constructed- 3.5
Casual- 3.5
Limited- 4
Multiplayer- 3

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Faithless Looting

I am so very excited to be reviewing this card today. It's not too often I get to review the first member of a new exploration of the color pie for a color. This particular one feels good, looks good, and, as far as I can tell, plays pretty darn good too. When burn decks get to dig deeper for spells and ditch things they don't need any more, that's good (and just one more reason why that deck type should be taken seriously, if you were thinking of not doing so). When Burning Vengeance decks get to look for their combo and set up their late game at the same time, that's good. When your casual reanimator deck gets to live the dream of discarding Anger and Bogardan Hellkite - the combo that got the former axed from Time Spiral during development - and smashing for ten on turn three, and set the whole thing up without even needing to add blue, that's good. When red gets a whole new dimension to its gameplay and a rainbow of decks that couldn't exist before suddenly can, that's amazing.

Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 4/5

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Faithless Looting which is a one mana Red sorcery that has you draw two cards then discard two cards and can also be played with Flashback for three mana.  This can help a variety of themes across formats and is particularly noteworthy as being a Red draw and discard option that isn't random.  The low cost and potential of discarding other cards with Flashback make this a solid addition to Red's toolbox.
In Limited the odds of drawing too many land or unplayable cards is fairly high, so a one mana filter with no real drawback is an excellent addition to help stabilize a deck.  Adding Flashback just makes it an automatic inclusion for any Sealed build using Red mana.  After a first pick Red or even Black in Booster a few copies of this and cards that benefit from being in the graveyard make for a viable basis to a deck.
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 take a look at Faithless Looting from Dark Ascension. Faithless Looting is a red common sorcery that costs one red mana. Faithless Looting says draw two cards, and then discard to cards. Faithless Looting ahs a flashback cost of two generic and one red mana.

      People are all abuzz about Faithless Looting, and to some degree, it is easy to see why. In larger formats, it opens doors for red to use reanimation or Madness abilities much easier. But in a limited format, it is just a fishing card. That is ultimately what Faithless Looting is, a fishing pole hoping to pull something better than what you have. Faithless Looting is your only hope at pulling a kill spell when you have two land in your hand. That is what it boils down to. Now I am not saying it is a bad thing, just not the greatest common in Dark Ascension, however, it is not the worst either. The quite significant drawback of equal exchange is what really costs this card. But if there were no drawback for the draw, we would see this card in blue, wouldn’t we? I think at some point, Wizards should allow a decent card draw effect in red, but for now, this is what we have for red in Standard.
Limited: 4/5
Casual: 2/5
Constructed: 3/5
Multiplayer: 1/5

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