Well, it isn't Diabolic or Chainer's Edict, but
it retains the good quality of both:
non-targeting removal. If you have played black
recently and had to stare across the table at
Troll Ascetic, you know how good this card can
be. I won't say that it will find a home in
every black deck, but expect it to make an
impact once it becomes legal in Standard.
For limited play, this card easily falls within
that "any removal is good removal" realm, so if
I am playing black, it will make the cut.
I couldn't really find a good spot to stick this
comment, so I'll put it here...
Cruel Edict is a very strong card which will go
in a multitude of black control decks.
Especially with black control being such a force
in Kamigawa Block Constructed, this card will be
a natural fit. Cruel Edict is a top-pick removal
spell for limited. As for casual play, one-shot
spells like this are less optimal, unless you
are playing a one on one duel. It’s playable,
but not a great card for casual play.
Giving your opponent the choice of which
creature to destroy doesn't seem all that good
of an idea. But given a deck built around a
destruction theme (though that is a bit
risky...what if your opponent is playing a
non-creature dependant kill mechanism?), it's
not as horrible as it sounds... BUT... Cruel
Edict is similar to Chainer's Edict but lacks
the flashback, which really hurts the card on
its own. Chainer's was a very solid card that
saw a lot of play, but the fact that it flashed
back gave it the distinct advantage of being 2
spells in one card, giving its player the card
and deck space advantage that Cruel cannot. That
card advantage is what puts Chainer's over the
In limited, I'd still include it in a Black
build as destruction is often hard to come by.
Constructed - 2
Casual - 2.5
Limited - 3.5
hey peoples sorry for the short review today
diabolic cruel edict is not, but cruel does get
the job done. I have been doing a lot of 9th T2
lately and it has been in every one of my black
decks, and I have to say I have not been
displeased by its sacrificing goodness. troll
ascetic? have a nice trip. darksteel colossus?
see you next fall. sure it is a sorcery, but who
cares? the card rox for 2 mana.
constructed- 4/5 definite play I foresee (in T2)
limited- 5/5 any removal is good removal
casual- 1/5 ehh... so-so, there are funnier ways
to get the job done.
final thought- good card, should definitely play
Black was bound to get some kind of decent
removal spell. Instead of Mind Sludge or
Mutilate it gets Cruel Edict. Also, instead of
the Paladin’s black gets the cantrips Execute
and Slay, which are sort of useless
unfortunately, although I don’t think they’re
too much worse than the black Paradins. Those,
along with Dark Banishing, are an ok amount of
removal. Still it’s nice to see Edict come in as
it’s cheap and can put your opponent in a really
tough position. Don’t want to go through with
the huge amount of brain requirement involved in
casting Banishing? Let your opponent do it for
you and for less! Wow!
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