Efficient but narrow. There's typically around
five cards like this in most large sets and a
few small ones; most of them are strong enough
to see play in limited, and many of them are
strong enough to be played in constructed.
Deathmark falls into both categories. Just watch
out for Great Sable Stag!
Welcome back readers today’s card is perfectly
suited for a black mages sideboard, Deathmark.
With the recent success of green/white elf
oriented decks at the Spanish, Australian, and
Japanese Nationals. A sideboard card for sure if
you’re expecting to see any amount of white and
green creatures, it just so happens that in
current standard and extended formats white and
green are two of the more popular colors for
archetypes. In eternal formats I doubt it would
see play except as a possible sideboard solution
for certain decks. In limited its removal but
also has limitations on what it can hit
regardless a great card. Casual and multiplayer
if you know a player who has a white/green deck
you may want to run it to answer there threats
otherwise not a fairly efficient choice. The
effectiveness of the card depends entirely upon
the metagame, at this point it’s a solid card.
Today's card of the day is a fairly simple one
with Deathmark. It destroys a White and/or Green
creature and that's about it. A solid card and
cheap at a single mana, but generally geared
towards the sidedeck.
In Constructed it makes a decent enough sidedeck
choice, but if you are putting a kill spell
there are more versatile kill spells. If you
already have one of those in the main deck, this
can be a nice surprise in the sidedeck. With
only one mana untapped most opponents will think
they are safe from a kill spell and could be
taken advantage of with this cheap specialist.
Casual doesn't really have much to do with this
card aside from possibly using it in combination
with Lifelace/Purelace or Niveous Wisp/Viridian
Wisp. Just another kill spell in this format.
For Limited this is a good card to run as you
have very high odds of playing a deck with at
least some Green or White creatures. It is more
useful in Sealed if you are already playing
Black, but not bad as a later pick in Booster
Drafts. It is the kind of card you may want to
consider hate drafting if you are playing Green
or White and have nothing in the pack to choose
that is a benefit.
Multiplayer is also a solid place as you will
see Green or White somewhere on the field. As an
added kill spell it is cheap and effective.