Standard is getting dark. Dark like Silent Hill.
Dark like Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker.
Dark like Torment, or Apocalypse, or Zendikar.
Wait, Zendikar is still in Standard . . . well,
anyway, I wouldn't recommend playing this card
on a rainy night with the lights low. I would,
however, recommend playing this card if you have
a deck based around the proliferate mechanic,
and you need extra cards to get the
counter-adding insanity started. Later in the
game, this card can also sometimes boil down
to "2B: Kill everything, then win the game,"
which generally tends to get people's attention.
Today's card of the day is Grim Affliction
which is a three mana instant that puts a -1/-1
counter on a target creature then allows you to
Proliferate. As it effectively works as a
-2/-2 to a target and additional counters to
either anything you've hit with Infect, Wither,
or your own +1/+1 counters, loyalty, and charge
counters this can be a very efficient card in
the right deck. The casting cost is a bit
high for Black removal, but used correctly it
should work more as Proliferation with removal
as a bonus. Overall a good addition to the
color and something flexible, but really needs
the right deck to shine and can't just be added
to existing builds to get the full potential.
In Limited any removal is good and attaching it
to Proliferate in a format where both it and
Infect are strong makes it a very solid common.
Well worth drafting in multiples and early in
the pack during Booster and a copy or two in
Sealed should help direct you towards using
Black in your deck. The single Black in
the casting cost allows it to be splashed if
necessary for the option of either aspect and
with the right support it can make even a
relatively weak pool a bigger threat.
Welcome to Card of the
Day here at Pojo.com. Today we take a special
look at a card coming out in New Phyrexia, Grim
Affliction! Grim Affliction is an instant that
costs two generic and one black mana. Grim
Affliction puts a -1/-1 counter on target
creature and then lets you proliferate.
Grim Affliction is definitely going to be potent. The ability
to put another -1/-1 counter on the target, as
well as additional counters to other permanents
with counters due to the proliferate means that
for three mana at an instant speed, a lot can
happen. When used with cards such as Black Sun’s
Zenith, this could be a board wiper.
Sure to be one of the better commons in the set. Stay tuned
for more preview cards from the new set, New
Phyrexia. And be sure to attend your local
prerelease next weekend, May 7th, to get your
hands on the new cards, and a special alternate
art foil Sheoldred, Whispering One!