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Choice of Damnations
Saviors of Kamigawa


Reviewed June 17, 2005

Constructed: 2.85
Casual: 3.15
Limited: 3

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Jeff Zandi

5 Time Pro Tour
Veteran

Choice of Damnations

That's easy, I'll take that one with the spots all over it. The one sitting next to the firetruck over there. Oh, my bad, I thought this card was Choice of DALMATIANS. Don't get me started with my Dalmatian jokes. I've got a hundred and one of 'em! This card is FUN because it causes the opponent to sort of writhe in agony wondering which fate that this card can provide is worse for them. Unfortunately, good opponents will be able to assess this card's impact on them pretty easily. Basically, this card is going to be an EXPENSIVE sorcery that, more often than not, simply causes your opponent to lose five or six life. Think of it this way: even though you get to choose which effect happens, your opponent is NEVER going to say '2' and allow you to make them lose all but two permanents on their side of the board, and your opponent is NEVER going to say '8' allowing you to make them lose eight life points. According to a grumpy old man I know (who's really good at
Magic!) this card looks and plays a lot like a black Lava Axe. Definately not a constructed card, this card costs too much to make the cut in competitive black constructed designs, Choice of Damnations is a MAYBE card for sealed decks and a just-plain-NO card for booster drafts.

CONSTRUCTED: 2.0
CASUAL: 3.0
LIMITED: 2.5
 


DeQuan
Watson

* Game Store Owner

Choice of Damnations

Expect to see more of this card. This card should definitely be in monoblack control decks. You likely won't play a full set, but two copies should absolutely be in. And realistically, three may even be a possibility.

This is a card that's OK early and it's great late in the game. Early on, your opponent will choose some number like 8. But six mana to cost your opponent 8 life is a decent trade. But late in the game, they will likely only be able to choose a number of eight or less. And that's fine too. So this card can either put you close winning the game, or can simply swing it in your favor enough to start winning the game.

Constructed: 4
Casual: 4
Limited: 4
 

Paul Hagan

Choice of Damnations

The first time I looked at this card, I was a bit disappointing, thinking that your opponent was the one who got to choose. And then people yelled at me and pointed out the correct usage of the card. Now I'm slightly more impressed.

However, I'm not going to go all out and say it is an amazing card. I think it is acceptable, but leaving the choice of numbers in your opponent's hands isn't always the best call. I won't call Choice of Damnations a bad card (or even a mediocre card), but I also won't call it a great card.

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


Christine
Gerhardt

Choice of Damnations

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.

Christine

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