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Damnation
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 Damnation
- Planar Chaos

Reviewed August , 2017

Constructed: 4.25
Casual: 4.25
Limited: 4.50
Multiplayer: 4.25
Commander [EDH]: 4.38

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David Fanany

Player since 1995

Damnation
 
The Time Spiral block sometimes feels like it was made up of nothing but talking points, from the timeshifted cards from the past to the forum wars over Tarmogoyf. It's sometimes easy to overlook the interesting alternate-universe card interpretations from Planar Chaos, and although not all of them have made it into "mainstream" sets, they were certainly influential in their way. Damnation may in fact have been the most influential card from that set. In the short term, it provided blue-black decks like Dralnu du Louvre an option that would previously have required them to add white (and probably become an entirely different deck in the process). In the long term, it paved the way for the increased volume and playability of black sweepers, from Life's Finale and Toxic Deluge to Crux of Fate and Languish. It has become just as much a part of Magic and Magic's history as the white card it was once described as merely "imitating".
 
Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 5/5
Multiplayer: 4/5
EDH/Commander: 4/5
James H.

Damnation (8/16)

 

It's simple, and it’s effective: kill all of the things for four mana. The reason it's been so coveted, though, is that it's the cheapest unconditional board sweeper available to black in Modern (without a massive rider on it), and Toxic Deluge does cost you life to make the most of it (and is locked to Legacy). It's efficient, cheap, and powerful, and there's a reason why it was pushing $60 before its reprint.

 

Constructed: 4.5

Casual: 4.5

Limited: 4

Multiplayer: 4.5

Commander: 4.75


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