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A nicely balanced card. A one-for-one that gains you the advantage if you play well (choose the right creature to take out, at the right time). It's not an instant, but can take almost any creature (eg. it doesn't specify non-black)... Vigilance lends a nice little Black vs White tension to it. And I don't feel bad losing a 5 or 6 mana creature to a 3 mana spell (whereas it is really depressing when you finally hit 6 mana and drop your beautiful dragon just to have the opponent off it for 1 or 2 mana).
Posted By: beyond_malachi (12/23/2009 8:43:03 PM)


Though this is a nice sorcery, and something good you can pull on your opponents, I find that having a Royal Assassin or two out on the field is ever more powerful. They're the same converted cost, but Royal Assassins are reusable and their effects are "instants," so you can take out attackers immediately after they're declared.
Posted By: DeathDark (4/2/2010 6:38:43 AM)


I can never Auto-Card this thing when I reference it. It stresses me at times.
Posted By: Eved (5/31/2010 10:05:42 PM)


@Tommy9898: What about Death Stroke? It's cheaper? Also harder to splash for with {B}{B} instead of just {B}.

Considering Royal Assassin, I think this could have been an instant, though it'd have to be heavier in the colored cost in that case, like {1}{B}{B}.
Posted By: sarroth (3/9/2012 4:22:52 PM)


Pretty mediocre removal spell. Better options in literally every constructed format, but it's at least decent in limited. My friends came up with an analogy comparing this to Royal Assassin: Assassinate is how amateurs do it, and Royal Assassin is how a professional does it.
Posted By: Dustylou_2 (5/17/2012 9:50:50 PM)


this should be an instant imo. or if they wanted to keep it sorcery cc should be BB
Posted By: MrCobweb (7/19/2009 5:15:14 PM)


I think this may be the gather's oversensitive profanity filter's least favorite card. Assassinate...see?
Posted By: dgregory (11/22/2009 3:20:40 PM)


Black Vengeance?
Posted By: Joseph_Leito (7/10/2009 12:23:47 PM)


A more expensive version of Death Stroke http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Discussion.aspx?multiverseid=26629

This card is simply not flexible enough and to situation oriented to be effective in competitive constructed matches.
Posted By: PerfectBlue (7/20/2009 5:41:48 PM)


the art is sooooooooo dimir....still i like`d the old text more
Posted By: Iiory (8/4/2009 5:49:31 AM)