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It's funny that Shakespeare ends up raising a good point in the context of Magic. It's typically better to exile a creature than to destroy it.
Posted By: Gelzo (1/6/2011 10:47:19 AM)


Kinda wish it said "Exile target non-black creature"

It would have made more sense flavor-wise, and it would've kept this relevent after Doom Blade/Go For the Throat
Posted By: GlassJoetheChamp (2/5/2012 4:35:30 PM)


In my mono black removal deck I dispensed with the difficulty of choosing between Dark Banishing, Doom Blade and Terror by having four of each.

Be sure to pack a few Scuttlemutts into these decks too.

Me: I dark banish your pestilence demon.
Opponent: You can't, it's black.
Me: (taps Scuttlemutt) now he's blue.
Opponent: Damn.
Posted By: Concerned_Bystander (8/17/2011 1:56:27 AM)



A really good article for people to read who want to understand why some Commons are even bothered to be given cardboard at all, even today.

"Common Limited Vanilla Creature at 3 Mana" actually hasn't changed by more than about 1 toughness for most of the period of the game. o.O We still get Riot Devils today, which is really just a Red Regal Unicorn!

The only thing I question about the Article is that I think either I don't know how good Dark Banishing is even post-Doom Blade, or this article is failing to be honest about the impact of Doom Blade on Design and Development...however it's worth noting that Go for the Throat is an uncommon.
Posted By: DarthParallax (3/15/2013 10:31:00 AM)


One of the best removal spells of all times. A classic. 5/5
Posted By: AncientTimer (10/31/2011 4:24:36 AM)



Exile was not a main mechanic when this card entered the game. Few older cards were capable of Remove from Game effects. even for more touching, look at the flavor text of the Tempest version. Sadly for how great the flavor speaks, it out-dates the card.
Posted By: applecorn (7/30/2011 12:05:41 PM)


Best thing about this card is the flavor text. MTG needs more classical literature references
Posted By: sir_dwar (11/8/2009 9:42:13 AM)


I run a black-green destroy deck. It's all about killing things fast and hard. However, this is not a card that I'd ever put in it. Why? Because I have four putrefys in it. Same converted mana cost, except it's any creature or artifact. Not just artifact creatures. Oh, and they still can't be regenerated.
Posted By: ScepterofEternities (11/13/2010 9:37:18 AM)


100 times better than terror. The artwork is way better too.
Posted By: theblasterman (5/13/2010 6:04:09 PM)


Maannn. *** Doomblade.
Posted By: jetzine (2/10/2010 5:51:44 PM)