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Grisly Spectacle
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 Grisly Spectacle
- Gatecrash

Reviewed April 5, 2013

Constructed: 2.25
Casual: 2.50
Limited: 3.75
Multiplayer: 2.25

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Grisly Spectacle

It can't kill artifacts. Not that there are that many artifact creatures tearing up Standard right now, but it's important to remember that it can't, lest you find yourself needing to and embarrassing yourself. It also costs four mana. Ultimate Price, Devour Flesh, and its ilk seem to think that's a bit much. Murder is also cheaper, and CAN kill artifact creatures.

What is your extra mana getting you? A mill effect added on. Mill is like lifegain, it's not a goal unto itself and it's not worth prioritizing over other cards unless you're really dedicating yourself to it. Unless you're a mill deck, or you want to put cards into your opponent's graveyard for another reason (Sepulchral Primordial perhaps, or Wight of Precinct Six) you're better off with a cheaper kill spell. You don't want to be stuck having to leave four mana open, but two mana is much less painful.

Constructed- 2
Casual- 2
Limited- 3.5
Multiplayer- 1.5

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Grisly Spectacle
I'm not exactly sure why this card specifies "nonartifact" creature. It didn't come in an artifact block, so the great majority of the creatures were always going to be nonartifact anyway. Well, I suppose there are fewer black cards that can kill absolutely any creature than you might expect (although there are more than there used to be), so another one is always welcome. The additional mill effect is not relevant all the time, but don't think of it as the main point of the card - think of it as a bonus, like with Broken Ambitions all the way back in Lorwyn. Even if it only hits a scary Angel or Dragon one time in ten, that makes a difference.
Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 3/5 


Welcome back readers todays card of the day is strictly a limited card. In standard and other competitive formats this card is entirely too slow costing four mana and requiring double black makes sure it wouldn’t see play in a competitive setting. In casual and multiplayer this could be an interesting kill spell in a mill based deck but better and cheaper kill spells are available making this somewhat of a suboptimal choice. In limited all removal is playable and this is a reasonable choice for slower based decks that need to kill creatures and is a perfect fit in a dimir deck looking to mill opponents out and play a control game. Overall I am not impressed with this cards possibility in casual or tournament settings but limited it’s a solid card.

Constructed: 1.0
Casual: 2.0
Limited: 3.0
Multiplayer: 1.5

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Grisly Spectacle which is a four mana Black instant that destroys target nonartifact creature and has its controller mill a number of cards equal to its power. This is a little expensive for removal, particularly with a limitation on targets, but nonartifact isn't overly restrictive and adding mill to removal is quite efficient for library destruction builds. Outside of mill decks there is little reason to use this over Murder and it is unlikely to see play beyond that one theme.

In Limited this is a very strong removal choice with an added bonus of milling that can actually be a factor in the forty card deck environment. Four mana is not an issue and the double Black is manageable for non-splashed decks like Orzhov or Dimir. The added value for Dimir and the common level of this promotes multiple copies and it is an automatic inclusion for Sealed and can be drafted as early as second in Booster depending on the pack.

Constructed: 3.0
Casual: 3.0
Limited: 4.5
Multiplayer: 3.0

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