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Duress
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Duress
M10

Reviewed July 20, 2009

Constructed: 3.50
Casual: 3.10
Limited: 2.75
Multiplayer: 1.25

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David Fanany

Player since 1995

Duress

Is this card back in print because creatures are more important than they used to be? Is this card back because the game as a whole is more powerful and can "handle" it now? Is this card back because they know how much people like playing with it? Is this card back because Steven Belledin just wanted to make that painting? You decide.

Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 2/5
Multiplayer: 1/5
Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno Today's card of the day kicks off a week of Black mana cards with Duress. Duress is a solid example of Black's heavy discard theme and allows you to see your opponent's hand. Both useful and only mitigated somewhat by not being able to discard lands or creatures. Many times the best target is an Instant or Sorcery, but you also can hit Planeswalkers, Artifacts, or Enchantments. All in all a decent one mana card.

In Constructed it can find a home in just about any hand destruction design. The reveal and choosing the card is a big plus, but it possibly discarding nothing at all balances it out.

In Casual outside of a pure hand destruction build or naming a card in the opponent's hand combo, there's little else for it to do. It isn't fun in and of itself and isn't the kind of card you hope to drop on the field for the shock factor.

Limited is the place to play this card in Black. Often there will be something nasty in the opponent's hand and it is a fantastic turn one play when you are unlikely to have anything else to play off of a single Swamp. It isn't a bad topdeck either as in the format any cards in your opponent's hand late game could be a serious threat. Well worth playing in both sealed and booster draft formats. That being said, in booster draft I would not pick it too highly and consider it more of a supporting role.

Multiplayer is a very poor place to run hand destruction as your opponents outnumber your discard abilities. A target of this card will also be likely to focus their attention on you after having an important card dropped from their hand.

Constructed: 3.0
Casual: 2.5
Limited: 3.5
Multiplayer: 1.5
Paul Magic The Gathering COTD: Duress

Welcome back faithful readers, this week’s choice of cards have been picked by yours truly in order to explore what Magic 2010 has to offer to the black mage. It’s been a while since Duress has been reviewed by the Pojo staff, since that time we have seen the introduction of Thoughtseize, for all intents and purposes a strictly superior card compared to Duress. With the reintroduction of Duress into non-eternal formats players are once again able to utilize the power of this card. In standard having Thoughtseize and Duress available for a few months has a profound effect on the arsenal of black mages, as well as providing a nice disruption package for decks using black mana.

In extended having both the most powerful 1 mana casting cost spells available would be a boon for some decks and a pain for combo oriented decks. In eternal formats no difference besides a new piece of artwork, it will still see as much play as it has been receiving. In Casual it’s a nice form of disruption and a lot cheaper than Thoughtseize makes it a prime candidate for casual players. In Multiplayer targeted discard is bad unless you know someone is packing a must deal with threat or combo piece. In limited it’s a common form of hand removal take it if you’re in black. Overall Duress is a reprint that’s overshadowed by the reprinting of Lighting Bolt but is still a powerful and effective one drop that should excite the players interested in hand disruption and the power of black. Tune in this week as we continue to explore what black has to offer in Magic 2010.

Constructed: 4.5
Casual: 4.0
Limited: 3.0
Multiplayer: 1.5

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