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Feast or Famine
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Feast or Famine
- Duel Decks: Izzet vs. Golgari

Reviewed November 19, 2012

Constructed: 2.90
Casual: 3.40
Limited: 3.90
Multiplayer: 3.13

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David Fanany

Player since 1995

Feast or Famine
Time, some people say, is relative. I'm occasionally a little surprised when I remember just how old Alliances is, or realize that there are players who didn't play with this card in its first run. No matter the year or the season, Feast or Famine is an amazing card, and not just because it was one of the first modal spells and Return to Ravnica's fancy (and occasionally overpowered) charms wouldn't exist without it. While neither of its modes is particularly efficient by itself at the printed cost, the option to have either and the flexibility to play either offense or defense (and switch between them at will depending on the game state) makes this an outstanding choice for almost any deck.
Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 4/5


Welcome back readers todays card of the day is Feast or Famine kicking off our themed feast week. In all competitive formats this card is legal in its overshadowed by more powerful removal spells. In casual and multiplayer including commander this card provides a fair amount of flexibility for its mana cost allowing a token when necessary or a kill spell giving it versatility and versatility is an important aspect in casual and multiplayer formats as the more options the better the fact it has an anti regeneration clause as well can be relevant. In limited formats you can draft this in, I would take it highly as its flexible removal. Overall a strictly casual card most likely played due to its relationship to zombies and as a flexible instant speed spell.
Constructed: 2.0
Casual: 3.0
Limited: 3.0
Multiplayer: 3.0

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Feast or Famine which is a four mana Black instant that can either put a 2/2 Black zombie token into play or destroy target non-Black non-artifact creature and prevent regeneration.  This is a bit expensive for a Terror as it is double the price and not available in as many formats, but the flexibility of putting a creature into play at instant speed definitely adds some value in Black on Black or open field situations.  Overall this is a decent card even with the higher cost, but that same cost keeps it from really standing out.
In Limited formats where this is available the option of removal or a token is well worth four mana and as a common it is likely to be available in multiples.  The single Black could allow splashing it, though more than one should promote running Black as at least a secondary color.  In Sealed this should be a strong reason to play Black and in Booster it is well worth a second or third pick as there is rarely a situation, barring lack of mana, where this would be a dead card in hand.
Constructed: 3.5
Casual: 3.5
Limited: 4.5
Multiplayer: 3.5


      Welcome to Thanksgiving week here at Pojo.com. Our card of the day today is Feast or Famine, originally from Alliances, but reprinted in Izzet vs Golgari. Feast or Famine is a common black instant that costs three generic and one black mana. Feast or Famine says choose one, put a 2/2 Black Zombie creature token onto the battlefield, or destroy target non-black, non-artifact creature, it can't be regenerated. 
       Well, hopefully we shall all be enjoying a feast this holiday, only with less zombies. Feast or Famine is a fun card and was actually a good card back in the day. The reason was you had instant access for a blocker, or some limited removal. While the removal spells these days have a different set of guidelines, most of the older ones were nonartifact, nonblack targets. The ability to main deck a removal since even if it cannot target your opponents creatures was really nice, because of the creature production. 
     These days, it would still be nice to see someone throw out a Feast or Famine, but there are such better spells these days that I hardly ever hear of this card anymore. 
Limited: 3/5
Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 2/5
Multiplayer: 2/5

BMoor Feast or Famine
Kill a creature or get a creature? Sometimes you need a body on the field, and this can give it to you. For four mana just for a Zombie token, though, it's not a great deal. Hence you might want to hold it back and see if a use arises for its kill function. Removal is pretty much always useful, especially when on the one day it isn't it can give you a Zombie token instead. You're definitely paying extra mana for the flexibility, which will hurt in the casting since you're paying for both effects and only getting one. But if your deck likes Zombie tokens, this is a great way to flash one in.
Constructed- 3
Limited- 4
Casual -3.5
Multiplayer -3.75

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