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- Eternal Masters

Reviewed June 1, 2016

Constructed: 4
Casual: 2
Limited: 3
Multiplayer: 2
Commander [EDH]: 2

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David Fanany

Player since 1995

If you play Legacy, you may know this card as a lynchpin of the Deadguy Ale (black-white aggro) decks from that format. What is sometimes forgotten is that it was part of a sort of mini-cycle of very similar land destruction cards from Alpha, along with Stone Rain and Ice Storm. Those other two have mana costs that mirror each other, but Sinkhole's diverges, perhaps to indicate that black demands commitment to its way of doing things. On the other hand, it might have been to discourage people from making three-color Ponza ("I kill all your lands and then sit there for sixteen turns") decks. Of course, you can do that now in formats like 93/94, especially if you have Moxes, but other people's Moxes and Fellwar Stones would make it less inherently strong than in other formats.
Historical musings aside, this card was significant in the old days, and remains so now, if only because it gives mono-black decks an answer to Mishra's Factory that doesn't require them to add another color. It actually would have been surprisingly good in Shadows over Innistrad as well: it adds two card types to the graveyard on casting, and would help make delirium into an early-game phenomenon,
Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 2/5
Limited: 3/5
Multiplayer: 2/5
EDH/Commander: 2/5

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