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Well, let's look at this on balance:
Dark Ritual provides BlackBlack.
Culling the Weak provides BlackBlackBlack for any creature sacrificed.
Sacrifice provides more than BlackBlackBlack, given that the sacced creature had a CMC of 4 or greater.
Unless you can come up with cheap creatures despite high mana cost - the only of them i could imagine being those with Affinity - the other two choices will likely be better. And even then, you probably prefer tapping the creature for colorless mana instead.
Posted By: Mode (3/4/2009 5:50:52 AM)


Posted By: Arachnos (4/13/2012 4:05:56 PM)


Burnt Offering has the same effect but can make red as well as black.
Posted By: Sooku (9/3/2009 6:21:02 PM)


Run with Scornful Egotist- that's what it's for.
Posted By: Ideatog (11/22/2009 2:57:37 AM)


I think you're all missing the point... it's a Magic card depicting human sacrifice for chrissake..!
Posted By: makochman (10/20/2009 3:23:21 PM)


Awesome if you run it in with Affinity.
Posted By: GruesomeGoo (1/2/2010 8:09:12 PM)


Underrated on here. This card is very flexible, and paired with virtually any spell with an X casting cost can be a game winner. It can also provide a little extra oomph for pumpable creatures like Frozen Shade or spells like Drain Life.

Posted By: Gaussgoat (2/11/2010 1:22:49 PM)


Use a cheap creature steal spell like Act of Treason or Mind Control to gain control of a creature your opponent controls. Use that creature how you will for the turn, and when you are done with it, sacrifice it before your opponent regains control of it. This is the same concept as the Fling combo, and works just as well depending on your strategy.
Posted By: MechaKraken (1/27/2012 4:32:15 PM)


Good day to you all! From reading your posts, I believe there are many here who are far more practiced at the accounting of mana costs, for the greatest efficiency in deck design. While I do find that aspect of the game rather challenging, I would offer my observations based on a particular style of deck, as well as the specific deck that I have constructed, in that style. One of my favorite, and long standing designs, is a "Necromancer" deck. It contains many ways to throw things (HUGE THINGS TERRIBLE THINGS, WITH UNSEEMLY MANA COSTS!!), into my graveyard, and bring them out again, at a fraction of the cost to "hard cast" them. After a turn or two of tearing my opponents to shreds, I find that my reanimated minion becomes fatigued, and so I Sacrifice it, to play two or three more spells, bringing onto the field at least two creatures that are just as incredibly dangerous and costly, while still having a little mana left over to fling a Doomblade. Under these very specific circ... (see all)
Posted By: justchristopher (5/7/2011 10:01:46 AM)


Anybody who hates this card has never had a Pacifism laid on their game-ender within one turn.
Posted By: ROBRAM89 (2/4/2011 9:18:19 PM)


Gatherer works better in the Companion app!