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This is not a poor man's anything. It can be used right away, whereas if you want to use Pernicious Deed as soon as you cast it, it will cost you one more mana. Also, it's much more finely tuned - Pernicious Deed destroys everything BELOW a certain casting cost, but with this you can simply choose the casting cost that your opponent has the most permanents of to maximize card advantage. And that's not even mentioning the split-ness of it. Very versatile card, and it's in Doran, the Siege Tower's colors.
Posted By: achilleselbow (4/30/2010 1:17:54 PM)


Cards that specifically reanimate/return enchantment is a rare breed. The cost is high but the effect is versatile.
Posted By: Cyberium (8/19/2010 7:27:55 PM)


You guys are looking at this the wrong way. You need to think of this as a 2nd maelstrom pulse! Granted, X will normally be more than 1, it has the potential to hit more than just your intended target. For example, I just played an EDH game where my opponent had leyline of sanctity, wall of reverence, and linvala, keeper of silence. This card wiped them all off the board and then I was able to attack with my general, Doran, to kill his weakened Gideon.
Posted By: a7141988 (9/24/2010 9:46:24 AM)


Although this card is very mana-intensive, it is a great way to remove any type of tokens. It also offers the versatility to destroy creatures, enchantments, and artifacts. The only thing to watch out for is that it destroys your own cards too.
Posted By: Larbness (10/28/2009 10:08:23 PM)


Highly desirable in the EDH variant common to casual multiplayer matches.
Posted By: markarmor (7/19/2010 4:50:29 PM)


I love this card; I played almost every one of the ten tri-colored split cards in Dissension. (Rise // Fall, Supply // Demand, Odds // Ends, Hit // Run, and the BW small Cranial // RW Disenchant, just to name a few)
That's how awesome Ravnica block was.

One of the most memorable FNM match went:
Opponent (UWg control): Simic Sky Swallower!
Me (Chord of Calling toolbox): Clone!
Opponent: attack, trade, cast another SSS
Me: Crime on your SSS
(I lost that game)

This card was an all-purpose removal spells, and it's particularly good at clearing the field of Signets. Fun, versatile, and winning me some games.
Posted By: Gabriel422 (6/27/2011 8:25:09 PM)


I love the Punishment half... No, it isn't a poor man's pernicious deed, instead calibrating the value of X you can save your permanents, destoying only the opponent's ones... Moreover it has a plan B in the form of the Crime half and it isn't so irritating like the Deed. It cost 1 less than Maelstrom Pulse when it comes to destroing tokens, and it can destroy all kinds of token al the same time, not just one like the Maelstrom. I think that a more approriate comparison would be Engineered Explosives

I've never undestood why mass-destruction effects like Punishment is BG, or W... It seems to me that should be B or BR!
However, I like it very much...


@Black_Sun28: I guess YOU didn't noticed that both Crime and Punishment share the same Community Comment pool... Like any split, flip and transform card...
Posted By: leomistico (11/6/2011 7:49:23 AM)


This is called coming prepared. It’s for those who take pride in packing their own lunch. There are some lighter versatility options in multi-part cards, but this one is for a bit deeper into the game with excellent punch. They are both excellent sorcery spells.
The only gripes are if you’re looking for only wiping your opponent’s side of the board; Punishment obviously cleans both sides. You also need some white, black and green mana.
Posted By: Chrs84 (4/10/2012 7:57:54 AM)


probably one of the most awesome casual cards i can think of, with competitive implications as well
Posted By: Guest1724599424 (1/31/2009 6:06:08 AM)


Poor man's pernicious deed. Dostoyevsky is awesome.
Posted By: KrosanGardener (12/8/2009 11:00:23 PM)