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Black Cat
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Black Cat
Dark Ascension

Reviewed January 31, 2012

Constructed: 2.65
Casual: 2.70
Limited: 2.50
Multiplayer: 2.25

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Black Cat

It's been a long time since a 1/1 for two mana could pretend to be good for anything unless it had a stellar ability tacked onto it. Heck, it's been a long time since Ravenous Rats interested anybody, and Black Cat has to die before you get the discard ability. Making it random doesn't exactly make that any better. The only saving graces here are that it makes a good blocker, and it's a Zombie and can thus be slotted comfortably into a variety of already-existing Zombie decks. As Zombie decks are usually fairly good at bringing their dead back onto the field, reusing the Black Cat's trigger becomes possible.Still, Black mages have a whole arsenal of better ways to make opponents discard cards, and for a 1B Zombie, I'd almost rather have Walking Corpse.

Constructed- 1.5
Casual- 1.75
Limited- 2
Multiplayer- 1.75

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Black Cat
When it was time to write this review you're reading now, I realized I had no idea where the superstition about black cats came from. They're hardly unusual, and they don't generally use powerful psychic attacks like this particular one. I could definitely see a niche for a card like this in constructed Magic; if you subscribe to the overused "lol dies to removal" school of thought, you probably welcome a creature that punishes your opponent for killing it. If you don't, you may like it because it fits with other zombies, has an occasionally-relevant triggered ability, and/or is finally an actual cat card in the right color to nickname your deck "Catwoman" without irony. If only there could have been some kind of White Knight-Black Knight duality going on with this and Sanctuary Cat . . .
Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 3/5
Multiplayer: 3/5
Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Black Cat which is a two mana Black 1/1 that forces target opponent to discard a card at random when it dies. This is a decent addition to a zombie or sacrifice and reanimation theme, particularly if it can be sacrificed after your opponent draws a card on their turn. It is card advantage, but may not be aggressive enough for the typical zombie build.

For Limited almost any advantage in cards is worth some attention and a two mana 1/1 is worth playing for an early offensive potential. Whether it is attacking and dealing damage by not being blocked or causes a discard it is justifies the slot in a deck for both Sealed when already using Black and Booster as a pick after removal and larger creatures.

Constructed: 3.0
Casual: 3.0
Limited: 3.0
Multiplayer: 3.0


Welcome to Pojo.com’s card of the day. Today we continue looking at Dark Ascesion with Black Cat. Black Cat is a common black creature cat zombie. Black Cat is a 1/1 and costs one generic and one black mana. When Black Cat dies, target opponent discards a card at random.

Black Cat is good for what it is, a common card with a nifty ability, solidifying it as a better common from Dark Ascension. Depending on whether your opponent is willing to lose cards determines its ultimate value. Send it on a kamikazi run and see. If they block, they may not really care about what they have in their hand, or they are planning on bringing it back. If they hold off on attacking, it implies that same notion.

But why stop there? Continue to make use of the Black Cat. Cards such as Megrim or Liliana’s Caress punish them regardless. And a card like Leyline of the Void means that whatever is randomly discarded never pops back again!
A very good common, but that in itself does not make it great, just greatly useful.

Limited: 2/5
Casual: 3/5
Constructed: 3/5
Multiplayer: 1/5

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