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Interesting, Ashes to Ashes is a sorcery but exiles two nonartifact creatures. Not sure which one is better.
Nonartifact > Nonblack (I think). Exile > Destroy. Sorcery < Instant.
Posted By: TreeTrunkMaster (12/8/2009 5:18:56 PM)



True, but you get to destroy two target creatures at instant speed. The only life point that is important it your last one, and this card can easily take down aggro decks that use cheap but efficient pump spells (such as Primal Bellow or the often reprinted Giant Growth) or can even take out much bigger, more threatening creatures later on in the game (imagine using Reckless Spite to kill an opponent's attacking Iona, Shield of Emeria and their precious Baneslayer Angel. Also, this card is in {B} meaning expect to pay any price (usually in the form of life, also often in the form of sacrificing minions etc.) to gain the upper hand.
Posted By: tcollins (1/17/2011 1:18:56 AM)


This card is decent in traditional formats, but should be a very good piece of removal in mono-black EDH. I'd actually run this ahead of Ashes to Ashes because of the omnipresence of artifact creatures in that format.
Posted By: GracefulInferno (2/2/2011 11:54:24 AM)


Definitely don't play this as a four-of, unless you play Death Shadow.dec.
Posted By: Gabriel422 (5/30/2011 11:39:42 PM)


I really really like this card, but I do have to say, for it to be 5 life, if it was damage instead of life loss I would really want to play this more than I actually do.
Posted By: sincleanser (8/18/2011 8:28:49 AM)


5 life is quite a chunk to lose. Still, most often if the creatures you kill this way would attack and hit you, you'd lose more than 5. Not to mention that killing two for one card is fine card advantage, the whole thing for 3 mana and instant speed, nice. Not tournament quality, but good card for casual decks.
Posted By: majinara (2/4/2009 7:19:23 AM)


similar to Ashes to Ashes
Posted By: bhunji42 (10/6/2009 10:48:46 AM)


Ashes to Ashes is the better deal. It deals damage, so it can be prevented.
Posted By: WhiteyMcFly (5/6/2010 8:31:00 PM)


my favorite card EVAAA
Posted By: Asparagus333 (4/23/2010 10:10:25 PM)


When I first saw this card after opening a pack, I thought I would never play it. But it has saved my butt on numerous occasions. You lose a sizable portion of your own ass, but if you kill the right creatures with it, it's worth it.
Posted By: Draugnor (9/11/2009 12:08:21 PM)