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Smother
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Smother
Worldwake

Reviewed February 19, 2010

Constructed: 3.33
Casual: 3.33
Limited: 3.50
Multiplayer: 3.33

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BMoor

Smother

I don't have much to say about this one. It's a kill spell. It's good. It hits quite a few things in the current Standard format, though not Bloodbraid Elf (but most of Jund's other creatures), or Baneslayer Angel (but lots of white weenie's creatures), or Ranger of Eos (but the creatures he searched for) or Vampire Nocturnus (but all of its minions). The "can't be regenerated" clause won't come up much, but the lack of a "nonblack" clause will be very useful.

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

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Smother

This is the kind of card I like to see in Magic expansions (even though it's good against my favorite creature River Boa). Playing with it promotes smart deckbuilding, namely deciding whether you're more afraid of cheap creatures or expensive creatures. Playing against it promotes smart deckbuilding, namely deciding how much you're afraid of it and whether the extra mana on (for example) Thieving Magpie as compared to Shadowmage Infiltrator is worth it.

And it even has great art.

Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 3/5
Multiplayer: 3/5

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Smother which takes a slightly different look at removal compared to Black's other options.  For the standard two mana cost you can destroy target creature with a converted mana cost of three or less which would be most of the creatures that would be in any deck design.  Unlike most Black removal this does work against any color making it an excellent choice in or instead of using the sideboard.
 
For Constructed, Casual, and Multiplayer almost any Black deck will have some creature removal and they are generally two mana.  This is a card that can easily be played in place of Doom Blade or switched in when playing against Black decks or regeneration.
 
With Limited a few removal spells are almost always a worthwhile addition to the deck, but the format does tend to promote a higher than average number of four mana and higher creatures which limits the usefulness a bit.  In Sealed it is removal cards that generally make a Black pool seem appealing and it is definitely worth playing any copies available.  During a Booster draft this should be one of if not the first card picked from subsequent packs after deciding to play Black. 
Just be sure to have other options as this card will be dead weight against any bigger threats your opponent may play.
 
Constructed: 4.0
Casual: 4.0
Limited: 4.0
Multiplayer: 4.0


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