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Grim Contest
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Grim Contest
- Fate Reforged

Reviewed Mar. 6, 2015

Constructed: 2.17
Casual: 2.67
Limited: 3.50
Multiplayer: 2.50

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David Fanany

Player since 1995

Grim Contest
This card's wording is rather curious to me. After all the time it took us to get the fight ability word, the thing that jumps out is that it's not used here in favor of something that has no real name. I understand that it's here to make the Abzan clan's high average toughness useful, and that it also combines well with Doran and his friends, and that it turns Tower Defense into some kind of crazy creature-kill spell. It is kind of funny, though. Competitive decks will probably prefer things that just say "destroy", but there's no reason you shouldn't combine this card with deathtouch, lifelink, or Cowardice-style effects to do even more interesting things.
Constructed: 2/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 3/5
Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Grim Contest which is a three mana Black and Green instant that has a target creature you control and target creature an opponent controls deal damage to each other equal to their toughness.  This is similar to the Fight mechanic, but with toughness instead of power and works best with a very different selection of creatures.  It requires a specific board state or manipulation of it and puts some risk on your own creature, if you have one, which is a noticeable drawback.  Overall this is a situational removal option for Black/Green, but the Black half of that can bring many other options to the table and this probably shouldn't see much play in any format.
In Limited this is worth including in Sealed if already running Black/Green as it is removal, situational though it may be, and any removal is at a premium in the format.  It is not quite worth splashing as it is usually a poor topdeck and can often be dead weight in hand or trading two of your cards for one opposing if the field is balanced. 
For Booster it depends on your earlier picks, so it can be passed safely unless drafting into Black/Green already where it is a reasonable middle of the pack pick even if it isn't very reliable.
Constructed: 2.5
Casual: 2.5
Limited: 3.0
Multiplayer: 2.5


Deck Garage
Grim Contest
Sigh…and we had been doing so well with good cards to review this week. Grim Contest is a decent removal spell in limited, because any removal is good when your choices are limited, but it’s way too situational to be good anywhere else. Unless you’re playing some sort of crazy high toughness creature deck, do yourself a favor and find a more reliable kill spell.
Constructed: 2.0
Casual: 2.5
Limited: 3.5
Multiplayer: 2.0

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