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Reviewed July 27, 2017

Constructed: 4.0
Casual: 2.5
Limited: 1.88
Multiplayer: 2.5
Commander [EDH]: 3.0

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David Fanany

Player since 1995

As I get older, my ability to understand complicated Magic game states increases, but my desire to actually do so decreases. Just because it's possible to do something, doesn't necessarily mean it's fun to do it. I know as a fact that it's possible to use Doomsday to win a game outright, and that there are certain combinations of five cards that make it completely irrelevant that the rest of your library is out of the game; I've just never really run the calculations myself. It's more for a deck dedicated to the combo, although I can see an argument that some aggressive decks might find themselves in a situation where they only need five specific cards to win. I think Necropotence or Infernal Tribute are generally much superior for that style of deck, but Doomsday is still such a unique effect that it literally begs to be built around. And when it does come off, it's absolutely spectacular.
Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 2/5
Multiplayer: 3/5
EDH/Commander: 3/5
James H. Doomsday is an infamous Vintage and Legacy staple: you get to set up your "final" five turns at the cost of the rest of your library (and graveyard) and half your life. Because it gives you exactly five cards in the order you want them, this can be used to set the stage for a game-winning play, whether it be with Tendrils of Agony (in a Storm composition) or with Laboratory Maniac (by emptying the rest of your library). It's a lethal combo piece in the right shell.
Outside of those shells, though...Doomsday is more a curio than a potent weapon. You need to bank on the five cards you're getting being enough to get you to the end of the game, and that may not be wise in Limited formats or shells that aren't the very precise Doomsday combo. It's cute, but it's a very hard card to properly abuse.
Constructed: 4
Casual: 2
Limited: 1.75
Multiplayer: 2
Commander: 3 

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