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Demonic Consultation
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Demonic Consultation
- Ice Age

Reviewed June 29, 2017

Constructed: 4.0
Casual: 3.5
Limited: 2.0
Multiplayer: 2.75
Commander [EDH]: 2.40

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David Fanany

Player since 1995

Demonic Consultation
If Death's Shadow is a quintessential suicide card, Demonic Consultation takes it to eleven. One of the most spectacular game losses I've ever seen involved somebody exiling all four copies of the card he'd named with the first phase of Demonic Consultation's ability. This shouldn't happen often if your deck is well shuffled, but over the lifespan of a game that has new editions released every year for more than twenty-four years, that adds up to a lot - it's certainly not for decks that need every single card in them, and especially not for people who can't laugh at the occasional spectacular self-defeat. 
My favorite note on this card's Gatherer page is the one about "You must name a card that actually exists in the game of Magic". Note that you don't have to name a card that's legal in the format you are currently playing, so if you ever want to leave a tournament early and spectacularly for some reason, you can always name Contract from Below or Infernal Spawn of Evil!
Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 2/5
Multiplayer: 3/5
EDH/Commander: 3/5
James H. Demonic Consultation (6/29)
This is a card with a lot of text, but it's easily one of the most horrifyingly powerful cards printed. It's good enough to be banned in Legacy and restricted in Vintage. And it was an uncommon. Go figure.
In case the wall of text is daunting (and it is a lot of text), here's what it does: for one black mana, you exile the top six cards of your library as a cost, and then you dig out one copy of whatever card you name. This is a high-risk effect: you may exile all copies of that card in your six! But it's a one mana instant, and who cares about the cards you're exiling if you're getting the card to win the game? It's like Demonic Tutor, though a bit riskier and potentially more powerful.
It's never been reprinted since Ice Age, though it has had a similar card printed in the form of Mirrodin's Spoils of the Vault. That’s a different risk, though, as you lose life to get the card you're looking for. No matter how you look at it, though, one mana to tutor at instant speed is a worthy risk to take.
Constructed: 5
Casual: 3
Multiplayer: 2.5
Commander: 1.75

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