Today's card of the day is Butcher of Malakir
which is a 5/4 with Flying for seven mana that
can force your opponents to each sacrifice a
creature whenever a creature you control is sent
to the graveyard.
Forcing a sacrifice is both better and worse
than targeted removal as it gives your opponent
the choice of creature which can be the
difference between a 0/1 token and an 8/8 with
Trample, but it also will work on creatures with
Shroud, Protection, or Indestructible.
In Constructed and Casual this is a bit too
high of a mana cost for the effect as it will
rarely stay in play long enough for it to be
activated beyond the trigger of the Butcher
itself being sent to the graveyard.
Cards like Fleshbag Marauder and Bone Splinters
can work well for a theme as your opponent will
need to sacrifice two creatures which improves
the odds of removing a serious threat and
guarantees at least two triggers from the
Butcher. Overall this is a support card with the
price of a finisher and as a result is not
likely to become a major factor in the emerging
Vampire deck culture.
For Limited the effect isn't bad and the
seven mana cost is still within range of most
games. Only having two Black mana symbols in the
casting cost is a plus, but by the later turns
of the game two or more sources of Black mana
should be readily available. In Booster this is
a very good choice for a first pick as a large
creature with evasion and a potentially
repeatable removal effect. With Sealed even a
deck that is splashing Black can play this with
the low specific color requirement and the
effect is for any of your creatures and not just
a certain tribe.
For Multiplayer this definitely has some
advantages as it forces each opponent to
sacrifice and the longer games in the format
also give time to get this more expensive
creature into play.