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Threads of Disloyalty
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Threads of Disloyalty
- Betrayers of Kamigawa

Reviewed August 10, 2017

Constructed: 3.75
Casual: 2.75
Limited: 2.75
Multiplayer: 2.88
Commander [EDH]: 3.00

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David Fanany

Player since 1995

Threads of Disloyalty
I admit I'm a little surprised that we haven't seen more cards like this, or like Smother for that matter, in sets where Wizards of the Coast was trying to encourage people to use large and/or expensive creatures. It seems superficially like you should be able to make big creatures slightly less unanswerable (in the fashion of M11's Titans) if the best removal spells work best on smaller creatures, but who really know at this point? Aside from that, it's much like I commented with Claim to Fame the other day: you'd be surprised how much advantage you get from stealing the cheaper creatures in the larger competitive formats. This is also much easier on the mana-usage scale than Mind Control or Domestication, and basically the same cost as the Dark Confidant-style cards you'll be targeting with it (though I hear Tarmogoyf's numbers are declining in Modern decks. What the what?!).
Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 2/5
Limited: 3/5
Multiplayer: 3/5
EDH/Commander: 3/5
James H.

Threads of Disloyalty (8/10)
It's Control Magic, only cheaper and more limited. The upshot here is its cheapness, since the break point between 3 mana and 4 mana in older formats, where Threads of Disloyalty is most likely to see play, is pretty massive. And what's better than killing a Tarmogoyf? That's right, taking it for yourself and showering it with all the love and affection that is its due.
It's definitely a quirky bit of tech, but it is a way to make the battle more amenable to you at a reasonable cost. Its CMC restriction is a bit hard to work around, but the payoff is still legit.
Constructed: 3.5
Casual: 3.5
Limited: 2.5
Multiplayer: 2.75
Commander: 3

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