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Exsanguinate
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Exsanguinate
Scars of Mirrodin

Reviewed November 17, 2010

Constructed: 2.80
Casual: 3.00
Limited: 3.40
Multiplayer: 4.38

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BMoor

Exsanguinate

Straightforward as they come. Drain your opponents' blood. Please note, it affects ALL opponents. Excellent in multiplayer, and yes, even an advantage in a 1-on-1 game, because by affecting "all" opponents, it doesn't target an opponent and is therefore not affected by Leyline of Sanctity or Swerve-type effects. Now all you need is a decent supply of mana. Still got some of those Myr from yesterday's review kicking around?

The biggest drawback here is that it doesn't effect the board. You can drain your opponents for 8 and end up with a prodigious life total, but their creatures are still waiting to smack your life total back down. Though if you're playing black, you should have some answers to that.

Constructed- 3.75
Casual- 4
Limited- 3.75
Multiplayer- 4.5 

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Exsanguinate
 
Exsanguinate was clearly designed for multiplayer, and that's where it truly shines. It's not that decks designed for one-on-one games don't appreciate this effect, per se; they simply might not have room for it. It's also arguably fairer than Kokusho was, though I'm just waiting for the first Urzatron/Urborg/Cabal Coffers/Exsanguinate/Regrowth free-for-all deck. Better dust off your Platinum Angels.
 
Constructed: 2/5
Casual: 2/5
Limited: 3/5
Multiplayer: 4/5
Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Exsanguinate which is a two Black and X spell that can drastically shift the balance of a game, but unfortunately can't be used against creatures.  This limits the options of how it can be used, but with six mana it is an eight life point swing which is fairly impressive.  Aside from a deck with high mana generation, a Black burn style, or perhaps a Blue/Black control/stall theme this isn't likely to see play as it lacks versatility.
 
For Limited this is a nice burn card to use against an opponent and increase your own life points with no real negative.  The slower format and several creature and artifact sources of mana allows the opportunity to get higher numbers and possibly win the game in a single play. 
Unfortunately this doesn't help against Infect, but is still a good card to play and should be drafted when in your colors if direct removal isn't available in the pack.
 
In Multiplayer this is a very powerful card that may make you a target, but will equal a major advantage for each mana spent that increases for each player impacted.
 
Constructed: 3.0
Casual: 3.0
Limited: 3.5
Multiplayer: 4.5


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