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Tainted Pact
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Tainted Pact
- Odyssey

Reviewed November 3, 2015

Constructed: 2.50
Casual: 4.00
Limited: 3.00
Multiplayer: 3.50
Commander [EDH]: 3.75

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David Fanany

Player since 1995

Tainted Pact
This is a very high risk card, even by the standards of Demonic Consultation variants. They may have removed the potential for it to literally kill you, unlike the original or its more direct variants Spoils of the Vault and Aesthetic Consultation. But it's much too easy to hit a duplicate and end the sequence early in a conventional deck with four-ofs. Fortunately, singleton formats have always been very popular, and it's far from out of the question to make a functional deck where literally every card has a different name, even lands. In such a case, this card has the potential to be quite solid, although it may still be a second or third Demonic Tutor in combo decks. 
Constructed: 1/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 2/5
Multiplayer: 3/5
EDH/Commander: 3/5
Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Tainted Pact which is a two mana Black instant that exiles the top card until you put one in hand or exile two card with the same name.  Obviously this works well in a Commander deck with minimal basic lands, but at worst it is two mana to draw a card with some control over what that card is.  For Black that is a a great effect and can be a benefit to many decks in different formats.
In Limited the number of basic lands drops this down to more of a two mana to draw one and stop as soon as you get a Swamp or useful card. 
Even at that reduced level it is a strong first pick in Booster and belongs in every Black deck in Sealed as it has no drawback if used cautiously.  Used in desperation it can potentially search out a key card to win or stall a game as a longshot, but otherwise a safer play is at least reliable.
Constructed: 4.0
Casual: 4.0
Limited: 4.0
Multiplayer: 4.0
EDH/Commander: 4.5

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