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Despise
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Despise
New Phyrexia

Reviewed June 13, 2011

Constructed: 4.25
Casual: 4.00
Limited: 3.75
Multiplayer: 3.40

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BMoor

Despise

For a long time, and by "long time" I mean "since Lorwyn block", there was debate over whether or not cards should be allowed to affect planeswalkers specifically. For example, Rootgrapple and Oblivion Ring can destroy planeswalkers even though they don't specifically mention planeswalkers. And the average spell-slinger in the multiverse doesn't even know planeswalkers exist, much less craft spells specifically to thwart them. And furthermore, planeswalkers are almost all mythic rares! They may be strong tournament options, but any card made specifically to kill planeswalkers would undoubtedly run into the same issues as cards like Essence Scatter. But I like the way they handled it with Despise. For one, it was obviously a spell crafted by Geth, who's been having unfavorable run-ins with planeswalkers and unascended sparkholders since the old days of Mirrodin. And because it works on creatures or planeswalkers, it feels more natural-- planeswalkers were creatures before they ascended, after all, so making your opponent forget about a creature or planeswalker to summon feels like a reasonable tactic. I also like the mirror this provides with Duress-- you could keep one mainboard and one in the sideboard, and adjust based on your opponent's creature concentration. And finally, since your opponent retains priority after his planeswalker resolves and can therefore always get off at least one activation from it before you can kill it, the best way to answer a planeswalker is before it's had a chance to hit the table, which Despise does. I think this will see a decent amount of play before it rotates out of Standard.

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


David Fanany

Player since 1995

Despise
 
Despise is the kind of design that usually makes for interesting games: a powerful card with a relatively narrow application. However, in many metagames, including perhaps the current Standard environment, it's easily playable in a maindeck. You don't want to rely exclusively on it against creatures, but it does stop enters-the-battlefield abilities, and a pre-emptive answer to planeswalkers is more than welcome in the era of Jace, the Mind Sculptor.

 
Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 2/5
Multiplayer: 2/5

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Despise which is a one mana Black spell that allows you to see the opponent's hand and have them discard a creature or planeswalker of your choice.  This is a very nice card in the early game as you see the opponent's options and choose what to discard, generally before they can play it.  Combined with other Black options for taking advantage of cards in the graveyard or when something is discarded and it can be easily supported.  This definitely helps the theme or just promotes the option in already playable cards and will see play in both maindecks and sidedecks as a counter to planeswalkers and large creatures.  Overall this can handle a problem card before it is played, if it is in hand when used, which makes it very solid if some
 
In Limited this is also an excellent pre-counter to an opponent as long as it is drawn before the later stages of the game when there is enough mana to play anything that is topdecked.  For a single mana it should be played in every Black deck and can even be splashed fairly easy to deal with threats in Sealed.  For Booster it can be drafted as removal which would be fairly early after the first pick depending on the pack and be a useful tool against almost any opponent.
 
Constructed: 4.5
Casual: 4.5
Limited: 4.5
Multiplayer: 4.5

 

      Welcome to today’s card of the day here at Pojo.com. Today we take a look at Despise from New Phyrexia. Despise costs just one black mana for this sorcery. Despise allows you to look at an opponent’s hand and choose a Planeswalker or creature from that hand and they discard it.

     This card is really impressive. The ability to force the opponent to discard a Planeswalker before they ever have a chance to play it could be huge. And that is not to mention that you could delay their creature threat. And all for only one mana.

     This card has surged in popularity, mainly due to the low cost, and ability to force the discard of a Planeswalker on first turn. When combined with cards such as Liliana’s Caress or Megrim it can even inflict some damage.

     Definitely a staple for discard decks, and a high consideration for many black decks.
 
Limited: 5/5
Casual: 5/5
Constructed: 5/5
Multiplayer: 4/5


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