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Illusory Demon
Alara Reborn

Reviewed May 11, 2009

Constructed: 2.40
Casual: 2.75
Limited: 3.40
Multiplayer: 2.00

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BMoor

Illusory Demon

So it doesn't last long. It's a cheap, flying beater. And it hits HARD. The only question is, are you a skilled enough player to know when you really need to play something else and when you should hold off and keep swinging for 4?

Constructed- 3.5
Casual- 3
Multiplayer- 4
Limited- 4

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Illusory Demon

This is an interesting card to me. There are occasionally more aggressive decks in blue and black, and those decks do often lack efficient or hard-hitting creatures; but even those kinds of decks generally have counterspells and discard spells they want to play when they have a creature in play. Illusory Demon does hit very hard and very fast, but you can't protect it from Condemn. There may not be a place for this card in constructed right now, but I'd look into pairing it with activated abilities that mimic the spells it cuts you off from, things like Scepter of Fugue or Ghost-Lit Warder spring to mind.

Constructed: 2/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 3/5
Multiplayer: 2/5
The Missing Linc

-Balding for just over 5 years
-Playing MTG for just over 10

Illusory Demon

Part of me wants this card to be good because its quite efficient being a 4/3 flier for 3, but a 4/3 flier is not worth not playing spells for. This can be chumped by Bitterblossom all day or turns Spectral Procession into Orim's Chant x3 which obviously is horrible.

In limited this is pretty good as it'll demand an answer from the opponent quick. But your opponent will be developing their board while you attack, so you have to play this smart and its certainly not for every deck.

In mutliplayer, this card is even weaker as you'll quickly be out boarded by all your opponents which means quick death for you.

Constructed: 1.5/5
Casual: 2/5
Limited: 2.5/5
Multiplayer: 1/5
Miguel

Tuesday

5-12-09

 

Illusory Demon

Constructed: A very cheap 4/3 flyer. Just do not play a spell and keep the pressure on. We will see if it will be used or not.

Causal & Multiplayer: A good early beater, but most fun and multi decks like to play spells all of the time.

Limited: This is a very good creature for uncommon to pick up early. There is alot of good stuff in Alara Reborn to limited play.

Overall a good solid creature with a small draw back.

 

Constructed: 3

Casual: 3

Multiplayer: 2

Limited: 4

 

Later

Miguel

Paul Magic The Gathering COTD: Illusory Demon

Welcome back today we are reviewing an interesting blue black demon illusion card, Illusory Demon. As a flying 4/3 for 3 Illusory Demon unfortunately has quite a severe drawback. Whenever you play a spell sacrifice Illusory Demon, the medium sized body you get for 3 mana is severely handicapped by the effect. Traditionally powerful creatures with drawbacks have seen play regardless of how bad the drawback. In the tradition of cards like Phryexian Negator and countless other black creatures, my gut tells me despite the hefty drawback Illusory Demon may find a home in some decks. In current constructed formats it’s simply outclassed by more efficient creatures and will rarely make a difference unless you have the board locked down and just need a turn or two of flying beats for a cheap mana investment. Although the small mana investment helps it overall casual and multiplayer will most likely stray away from this card due to the drawback and the importance of dropping a threat each turn. In limited any cheap flyer is a good pick if your in color, the fact its uncommon is just gravy allowing you to possibly get more than one. Overall I feel this card has potential it just needs an archetype or creatures to compliment it, possibly after rotation it may see some play.

Constructed- 1.5
Casual- 1.5
Limited- 2.5
Multiplayer- 1.5
 

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