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Persecute
Ninth Edition


Reviewed December 20, 2006

Constructed: 3.66
Casual:  2.5
Limited: 2.33

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BMoor

Persecute

A decent discard spell. Against moncolored decks, it gets all nonartifact spells. But what about the current Standard format, where multicolor abounds? Well, more gold cards means more chances of getting a lot of cards, but more colors per deck means it's easier to pick the wrong color. Also, some decks play out all their good spells by turn four, so this gets less and less useful as the game goes on. It might combo with yesterday's card, if your opponent will let you draw it.

Constructed- 3.5
Casual- 3.5
Limited- 3.5
 

KC MetroGnome

Persecute

One of the ultimate "unfair" cards out there. Persecute will simply win the game for you in some games, and others it may get you one or two cards. Either way it's pretty good. It probably loses a little steam in the current standard because of the multi-colored greatness of Ravnica (as opposed to, say, mono green/red/black elf/goblin/zombie decks from several years ago), but it still sees plenty of play. Probably not maindeck material for limited, but don't forget that it's in your sideboard when you get to games 2 and 3. Leave it on the bench for casual games, unless you are trying to get kicked out of your play group.

Constructed - 4
Casual - 1 (not for being a bad card, but for making people hate you)
Limited - 2
 

Aethereal

Persecute

A powerful discard card that should be at the very least sideboarded in decks running enough black to support it. This was a powerful card in the recent Solar Flare deck and still sees play in black decks today. It gets worse the more multicolor your opponent's deck is, and decks tend to be 2 or 3 colors these days, so you probably won't get to see its maximum potential too often. However, if you play it smart, you can usually knock away a good portion of their hand. Also, drop this against a MartyrTron deck naming white and watch them cuss you out. :)

In casual, Hymn to Tourach and Duress are better than this, but you can play it if you need the extra discard and/or you are playing against a lot of mono-colored decks.

In limited, not a first pick but not awful. I'd be much more likely to play it in draft than in sealed, though. Blasting some of their hand away can win you the game sometimes.

Constructed - 3.5
Casual - 3
Limited - 1.5 (sealed) 2.5 (draft)
 
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