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Gaze of Granite
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 Gaze of Granite
- Dragon's Maze

Reviewed May 22, 2013

Constructed: 3.75
Casual: 3.75
Limited: 4.25
Multiplayer: 4.25

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David Fanany

Player since 1995

Gaze of Granite

I spent a lot of time, back when I still had faith in reprints (long story - ask me about it some time), wishing for Pernicious Deed to return in modern frames. That was partly because of its power level and partly because of its association with Freyalise, a planeswalker who broke stereotypes of nature mages in general and elves in particular and was always portrayed with a compelling style and manner. Gaze of Granite has a very different visual style from Freyalise, but as far as power goes, it's very nearly the same as her iconic weapon. I would actually argue that in some situations it's better, because most decks don't have the ability to look at your hand, while anyone can look across and see what's on your side of the table.

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

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Gaze of Granite which is a two Black, one Green, and X sorcery that destroys each nonland permanent with a converted mana cost of X or less. This is an excellent three mana sweep against token decks and with additional mana can pretty much clear the board. In competitive formats getting to the level of mana needed can be difficult if Green isn't the primary color and ideally your own cards will avoid the effect somehow. Arranging that can strain the design of the deck which may leave this as a sidedeck choice or Multiplayer sweeper.

In Limited this isn't the kind of card you want to pass and it can easily change the course of any game that is stalled or being won by the opponent. The single Green can allow this to be splashed into guilds with Black mana aside from Golgari and the threat to Selesnya's tokens and low cost with Evolved toughness Simic shouldn't be ignored. A sometimes useful and sometimes dead weight first pick in Booster that should be able to take a slot in Sealed as the potential gives it enough value.

Constructed: 3.5
Casual: 3.5
Limited: 3.5
Multiplayer: 4.5

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