I heard this card was originally going to be
called One Hundred and One Damnations but the
name didn't fit on the card. Plus, the Walt
Disney Company might have dogged Wizards of the
Coast and put them in quite a spot from a legal
perspective. Choice of Damnations is an
interesting card. This card's elegance comes
from the interesting situation in which this
card puts your opponent. When you play Choice of
Damnations, your opponent has to decide how they
would like to be hurt. They can pick a large
number and pretty much count on having to lose
that much life. They can pick a small number and
expect to be limited to that number of
permanents on their side of the board. A
delicious way to torture your opponent. Sort of.
The downside of this card is similar to what
makes it interesting. This card allows your
opponent to figure out which result is LESS BAD
for them. In the end, this card is really Lava
Axe, a six casting sorcery that will most likely
result in your opponent losing four or five
life, and most likely nothing more. Not good
enough, really, for constructed or limited decks
most of the time.
I'm not liking this card too much. By the time
it hits play (when you have six mana), your
opponent should be in a position to make this
decision fairly easily. For example, if it is
Turn 5 (you got some mana acceleration), your
opponent has likely put 7-8 permanents on the
table. Why not just choose 4 or 5 and treat
Choice of Damnations like a Death Cloud or a
Fireball? I rarely like cards that leave the end
result in the hands of your opponent, and this
card is no exception.
While this card has been getting a fair deal of
attention on my site, its ability is honestly
just okay at best. If you meld it into a deck
built around both abilities, it's a'ight. But
its downside is this: Your opponent can decide
what hurts less and pick a number based on that.
Don't get me wrong...it will still hurt, but
letting your opponent decide something is
usually a bad thing.
In limited, it costs too much for its ability
which will be unfocused anyhow. In casual, an
iffy card unless you are into building a deck
around its two abilities.
Copyrightę 1998-2005 pojo.com
This site is not sponsored, endorsed, or
otherwise affiliated with any of the companies or
products featured on this site.
This is not an Official Site.