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Domestication
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Domestication
Rise of the Eldrazi

Reviewed May 6, 2010

Constructed: 2.83
Casual: 2.50
Limited: 3.10
Multiplayer: 2.67

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David Fanany

Player since 1995

Domestication
 
I'm a big fan of this card. Many of the greatest creatures in Magic are light on offensive power but have incredible abilities while in play - Qasali Pridemage, Sprouting Thrinax, Ohran Viper, Dark Confidant, Hypnotic Specter. Domestication offers a cost-effective way to turn these creatures, and many others besides, against their owner. Ironically, it is one of the few creature-stealing Auras stands out slightly less in its Limited environment, which is heavy on Eldrazi and other outlandishly sized creatures.
 
Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 3/5
Multiplayer: 3/5

Paul

Magic The Gathering Card of the day: Domestication

Welcome back readers today’s card of the day is an interesting Mind Control variant with a stringent requirement. For four mana you get to control a creature with power less than four or else you must sacrifice your enchantment. This card reminds me of Threads of Disloyalty a cheaper card with similar requirements to what it could steal, where Threads of Disloyalty saw play I don’t think Domestication will see as much action. Threads could take a fully powered up Tarmogoyf and still be lethal,, it could also take its fair share of weenies and utility creatures , heck now it could even steal fully leveled up creatures it’s still good. Domestication is more limited as you can never grab a truly powerful creature with it, although the utility is there. In standard this card could be a cheaper alternative to Mind Control depending on the power level of creatures in the metagame. In extended threads is almost better in all but the narrowest conditions. In casual and multiplayer this card serves a purpose but the slightly lower mana cost doesn’t make it more playable than Mind Control of similar effects. In limited it’s a good card not a high pick but if you’re committed to blue I would grab it.

Constructed: 2.0
Casual: 2.0
Limited: 3.0
Multiplayer: 2.5

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Maikeruu
 
Today's card of the day is Domestication which is the old Control Magic with a limitation on the creature's power.  Most serious threats are going to be four power or higher, so this is really relegated to a sidedeck choice or combination with some kind of Black sacrifice effect in an unknown metagame.  If the local metagame features a great number of three power or lower finishers, such as Vampire Nighthawk it might be played in the maindeck.  Otherwise stick to the more reliable counter and bounce that Blue is best known for.
 
In Limited this can do a bit better as the field advantage of removing a blocker or stopping a leveler can be major.  Several colors have some kind of sacrifice effect to combine with this, though having both at the same time and the mana to play them seems unlikely.  In Booster this should be drafted after more direct removal and solid creatures at it really isn't reliable enough and the cost is a bit high and specialized at two Blue.  For Sealed if you are running a good supply of Islands anyway this isn't a horrible addition, just somewhat situational.  If you get a four or five life point attack or block as a result you probably got your money's worth.
 
Constructed: 2.5
Casual: 2.5
Limited: 3.5
Multiplayer: 2.5


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