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Relentless Dead
- Shadows Over Innistrad

Reviewed March 21, 2016

Constructed: 4
Casual: 4
Limited: 4
Multiplayer: 3
Commander [EDH]: 3.3

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Relentless Dead
Why, oh why doesn't this have deathtouch? I mean, we'll see if there's any other zombies worth reanimating with his second effect, but he himself's worth bringing back, just to keep board presence. It's odd how well this set meshes with older mechanics (zombie mill with cipher cards?) but i'm digging it big time. I'm hoping the trend continues, especially how angry I was with Zen 2 block as a whole.
Constructed: 4
Limited: 3
Casual: 3
Multiplayer: 2
EDH: 2.5

David Fanany

Relentless Dead
Long ago, we would have said that Relentless Dead is an engine card. All you need is a way to sacrifice it repeatedly and enough mana, and you can move various zombies in and out of your graveyard almost at will (which, if you think about it, is kind of what zombies are all about anyway). Of course, the fact that it can only return itself to your hand and not to play prevents it from being a "true" combo card, but any time a card's design breaks a rule like "creatures are able to die", you have the potential for good (or bad, depending on your point of view) things. Think of it this way: the absolute least it does is turn removal spells into card disadvantage when used against zombie tribal decks.
Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 5/5
Limited: 5/5
Multiplayer: 4/5
EDH/Commander: 4/5

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