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Ghastly Conscription
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Ghastly Conscription
- Fate Reforged

Reviewed Feb. 16, 2015

Constructed: 3.38
Casual: 4.38
Limited: 4.38
Multiplayer: 3.92

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Ghastly Conscription

Another way to mass reanimate all the creatures out of SOMEBODY's graveyard... with the twist that they all come back as 2/2 Morphs. Graveyards are public information, which means everyone will get to see which creatures are coming back, but because of that "shuffle the pile" line, nobody but you will know which 2/2 shell is hiding which creature. Your opponent will have to guess which one is which if he or she wants to try and kill one.

The downside is of course that you still have to pay each creature's mana cost to unmorph it. If your opponent is playing different colors than you, you can steal his creatures out of his yard, but you may not be able to pay their mana costs to flip them face-up. Even if you do this to your own graveyard, you may not have enough mana to unmorph everything you want to. An opponent following this up with a Pyroclasm would be an awful letdown.

Constructed- 3.5
Casual- 4.5
Limited- 4.5
Multiplayer- 4.25

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Ghastly Conscription
I give them a lot of credit for designing a reanimation card that has this much of a twist - you'd think all of the "gimmicks" might have been done after 21 years. But they haven't, and this is an interesting card to build around. It's a spectacular way of punishing decks that take advantage of Mortivore or Innistrad-style self-milling - add Exotic Orchard or some such that lets you turn off-color creatures face-up for an even more explosive finish. And yes, I know it may be more reliable to use your own graveyard, but that's not as much fun!
Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 3/5

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Ghastly Conscription which is a seven mana Black sorcery that exiles all creature cards from a target player's graveyard face down, shuffles them, then has you Manifest them into play.  A swarm of 2/2 creatures is very solid in the late game and if using your own graveyard provides a large supply of potential threats on future turns.  It can also deprive an opponent of any graveyard recursion or simply be used if they have more targets for a massive attack, though having their color of mana available makes this a stronger play.  Overall the mana cost is too high for competitive settings, but this will be very popular in Commander and Multiplayer as it offers a great deal of endgame options in one play.
For Limited this is a strong card if drawn late and an excellent topdeck, though having it in your opening hand is a risk.  The two Black out of seven is negligible even if Black is splashed and there is little reason not to include it when using the color in Sealed. For Booster it is a great first pick and should win nearly any game in which it is successfully cast.
Constructed: 3.5
Casual: 4.5
Limited: 4.5
Multiplayer: 4.5

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