This is an excellent card for limited that COULD
be useful in a blue/black constructed deck. For
limited, I really like the design of this card,
making it a powerful card-drawing card that
works a LITTLE better if you play a certain
color combination, in this case, black and blue.
Even without blue and black in your deck,
Bloodletter Quill is cheap to activate. However,
if you can't remove blood counters from the
Quill, you will take one point the first time
you use it, two points the second time and so
on. Without the ability to remove blood
counters, you can only reasonably expect to draw
two or three cards from the Quill. Still good
This card is very interesting. You can pay to
draw card. However, if you draw too many cards,
it start to hurt a lot. However, blue/black
based decks might really like this. You can draw
the cards, and remove the counters so that
damage is never an issue. You then have a card
that simply lets you draw a large amount of
cards over the course of the game. And it only
costs three mana. I don't think it's super
amazing right now, seeing that most of the
blue/black decks are focusing on the "mill"
effect, but it could be better in the future.
I find this card a bit entertaining. Drawing a
card for two mana is hardly a bad exchange, but
the loss of life that starts coming with it
after a couple of uses could hurt...a lot. I'm
not sure I like the idea of having to dedicate
an extra two mana each time I want the card I
draw off of my deck with the Quill to hurt less.
If you look at it like paying three mana for an
artifact that you have to pay *four* to draw a
card and lose a life each time, it just looks
like a junky Jayemdae Tome, and we all saw how
much that card got played.
A bit too mana intensive to be of much use in
constructed. It does find some uses in limited,
but really only if you are going Blue Black.
I've found Ravnica to be mana intensive overall,
though - not much sitting around with nothing to
do - so your quill may not get as much use as
you'd like. Still worth considering in UB
Constructed - 2
Casual - 2
Limited - 3
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