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Rest in Peace
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 Rest in Peace
- Return to Ravnica

Reviewed June 27, 2017

Constructed: 3.88
Casual: 3.50
Limited: 3.00
Multiplayer: 3.67
Commander [EDH]: 3.88

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David Fanany

Player since 1995

Rest in Peace
 
It's hard to believe Return to Ravnica was already five years ago. One of my many heretical beliefs about Magic is that there were certain things that it did better than the original; and even if you don't share that particular belief, I hope we can agree that Terese Nielsen's art is always worth having around! As for this card's game effect, the fact that it has both a devastating immediate impact and an ongoing disruptive effect makes it an excellent first stop for any deck that can play white and needs a countermeasure against graveyard decks. One of the things that makes very large formats like Modern difficult to play is that minor changes to context can have significant impacts on a card's use: for example, if something like Counterbalance or Spell Snare is common, Leyline of the Void is potentially a more reliable version of the effect. That doesn't take anything away from Rest in Peace in itself, of course.
 
Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 4/5
EDH/Commander: 4/5
James H. Game over, graveyards.
 
Rest in Peace is an extremely potent way to hose graveyard-based strategies and decks that rely on having a thick graveyard pile. While it's symmetrical (and hoses you), it’s not too hard to make sure you're not hindered too badly by it. It’s cheap (two mana is really affordable, and only one white makes it splashable), it’s potent, and it's hard to remove for the most-egregious graveyard decks, which are usually some combination of black, red, and/or blue (and their only recourse is using blue to bounce it).
 
Rest in Peace isn’t ever a card you want to have in your main deck, but it's a powerful way to hose decks that ask for a graveyard or rely on death triggers. What's not to like? It’s a perennial sideboard card.
 
Constructed: 3.75
Casual: 3
Limited: 2
Multiplayer: 3.25
Commander: 3.75

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