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Consult the Necrosages
Ravnica


Reviewed December 05, 2005

Constructed: 3
Casual: 3.5
Limited: 3.5

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Jeff Zandi

5 Time Pro Tour
Veteran

Consult the Necrosages

Certainly good enough for limited, I find it hard to believe that players will find this card good enough to play in constructed. The only constructed format where I think this card has a serious chance is the My Collection Only Has 100 Cards In It format. In limited, this card is good but not great, you need two colors to play a sorcery that only nets you one extra card. The flexibility, however, to make your opponent discard two cards makes this card a little better. The fact is, however, that the good booster draft players I talk to say that this card fails to make the cut more often than I might have thought.

CONSTRUCTED: 2.5
CASUAL: 3.0
LIMITED: 3.0
 


Christine
Gerhardt

Consult the Necrosages

Very solid card in the limited Blue/Black build for Ravnica block. My current MTGO league deck has never won a game by reducing an opponent's life total to zero. Instead it seeks to control the board and their drawing, and mostly wins by decking them (or they concede when they see the writing on the wall). I haven't lost a match with it (out of 7 so far) though their have been some close calls while I stuggle to gain control at the beginning. Once I do though, it goes rather well. Consult plays a nice role in the deck, usually by drawing a couple of cards for myself, though it can also make my opponent discard if I know they have something mean in hand that got bounced back with my Mark of Eviction (see that later this week).

Constructed - 3.5
Casual - 4
Limited - 4
 

Paul Hagan

Consult the Necrosages

This card is about as good as blue-black will get in a card that gives a player the option to draw or discard. Two cards for three mana is the accepted norm, whether it is forcing someone to discard or allowing you to draw (or the other way around in rare instances). The fact that Consult the Necrosages gives you, as the player, the option to manipulate card advantage on the board is absolutely stellar, and I think that any Standard deck running blue and black should take this card into heavy consideration. Unfortunately, outside of the realm of Block and Standard, I doubt this card will see much play due to the variety of other cards available.

In limited, Consult the Necrosages is a little bit better, as the point of some games is to see who can drop their better creatures faster. Better creatures tend to be a bit higher on the mana curve, meaning playing Consult the Necrosages at the right time can severely hinder your opponent. Play this card if you are in blue and black in Limited.

Constructed Rating: 3.0
Casual Rating: 2.5
Limited Rating: 3.0
 

Jordan Kronick

Consult the Necrosages

Let me start by saying that I love this card, but I hate it's pieces. I've never liked Mind Rot or Counsel of the Soratami. But when they are combined, suddenly we have something special. This is one of the fundamental building blocks of the Dimir decks you're likely to run into in RRR drafting, and it's no slouch in constructed, either. 2 cards, taken or given, are quite powerful either way. Most of the time, I use this as early card draw to even out my land or as a late game strike to take out the last (hopefully powerful and expensive) cards in my opponent's hand. It's never going to be a dead card, and I highly recommend it.

Constructed Rating - 3.0
Casual Rating - 3.2
Limited Rating - 3.25
 

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