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Thraben Heretic
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Thraben Heretic
Dark Ascension

Reviewed March 30, 2012

Constructed: 3.00
Casual: 2.90
Limited: 3.50
Multiplayer: 2.75

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Thraben Heretic

This is a niche card. You'll never exactly be disappointed to run it, since it's a 2/2 for two, but its only ability is only useful if your opponent uses Flashback cards, reanimator strategies, or the like. Exiling cards from graveyards just isn't very useful if your opponent isn't banking on certain cards being there. I suppose you could, in theory, use Thraben Heretic in conjunction with Elixir of Immortality to "thin your deck" while gaining life, but doing so would be an incredibly long process during which you're not really accomplishing anything. You'd pretty much have to be running the Martyr of Sands combo to find that useful. Otherwise, it's basically a sideboard card that can attack for two.

Constructed- 2
Casual- 2.5
Limited- 2.75
Multiplayer- 2

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Thraben Heretic

I'm a big, big fan of this card, and not just because of the visual and conceptual similarities to Jill Valentine. She also nixes undying creatures at will, makes troublesome flashback cards into one-shots, and turns off threshold and cards like Anger. She does it all while attacking when you need her to, and fitting into almost any deck that can fit at least some white mana in, which is amazing when you consider how much some colors struggle with those aforementioned cards.

Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 3/5


Welcome back readers todays card of the day is a very narrow graveyard hate creature. Being only able to remove creatures definitely hurts this cards playability. In standard the majority of cards to remove from graveyards are flashback so this makes a small impression and overall is not the most competitive card for your deck. In extended and modern this cards power level is pretty low although removing things from the graveyard could be more beneficial. Casual this card is very underwhelming but passable. In multiplayer there are more efficient ways to punish graveyards and to deal with creatures in them. In limited it’s a solid body that has a mild effect on the game making it an ok grab but not highly desirable. Overall an underwhelming and predictable card with a solid amount of flavor.
Constructed: 1.5
Casual: 1.5
Limited: 2.0
Multiplayer: 1.0

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Thraben Heretic which is a two mana 2/2 that taps to exile target creature from a graveyard.  As with many similar effects this will primarily see play in a sideboard, but can be maindecked as it still works as a creature if there is nothing worthwhile to remove.  It balances vulnerability as a creature with the reusable nature and is a solid choice against graveyard based themes, so it will see play at the competitive level in sidedecks at the very least.
For Limited nearly every deck should have some sort of graveyard enabled effects and a two mana 2/2 with only one mana of a specific color is definitely playable.  Any Sealed build using White should include this card as it is useful even without the effect and Booster draft can easily value this as removal considering the supply of Flashback and Undying available.
Constructed: 3.5
Casual: 3.5
Limited: 4.5
Multiplayer: 3.5


      Welcome to the card of the day section here at Pojo.com! We close out our week looking at Thraben Heretic from Dark Ascension. Thraben Heretic is an uncommon 2/2 white creature human wizard that costs one generic and one white mana. Thraben Heretic has tap, exile target creature card from a graveyard.

     I really love what this card does in both Standard and Vintage formats. It is cheap enough to get out really fast, and powerful enough to shut down most graveyard based decks, although, not guaranteed. It is also a beefy creature for just two mana. A 2/2 may not seem like much, but it can make an opponent think twice about sending an attack. It could survive a 1 power creature, and take out anything two toughness or less.

     As I said above, the best thing about the Heretic is what she does, exiling creatures from graveyards. We all know that the Zombies of Innistrad just love dyinga nd coming back. Well not with the Thraben Heretic on watch. As soon as something in the graveyard would trigger, tap the Heretic, and watch it vanish! This really shuts down decks like the recently printed Graveborn deck. The main problem is that Thraben Heretic is mostly a sideboard card, unless you really love the 2/2 for 2. This means since it is side boarded, your first game may go badly, and then you have to hope that you pull one quickly in the first game, and could mulligan until you do so. These factors are indeed very risky.
Limited: 4/5
Casual: 3/5
Constructed: 4/5
Multiplayer: 4/5

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