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Geth's Verdict
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Geth's Verdict
New Phyrexia

Reviewed June 9, 2011

Constructed: 3.40
Casual: 3.00
Limited: 3.55
Multiplayer: 3.00

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BMoor

Geth's Verdict

I like this card, but I don't know what deck I'd play it in. I suppose in a battle of attrition it's good, since it deprives them of a creature and gets you 1 life closer to victory. It's also good if your opponent has been pushed on the defensive, since they likely need their life points and blockers. If they're ahead, they likely just sack their smallest creature and keep pressing on. And if they have any tokens or recursion, well, forget about it.

Constructed- 3
Casual- 2.5
Limited- 3.1
Multiplayer- 2.25


David Fanany

Player since 1995

Geth's Verdict
 
I haven't played Standard competitively for a long time, but I might be tempted to return if Innistrad really has a horror aesthetic. Between New Phyrexia and Innistrad, the format is going to be mature and terrifying from end to end, and I'm not afraid of the dark. Usually. Geth's Verdict looks like it has a difficult mana cost and a relatively small "stinger," but you should never underestimate it. I've pinged people from 12 to 0 with Thornwind Faeries. I've waited ten turns for Wanderlust to do its thing. I've been on the wrong end of Agent of Masks. One point of life doesn't usually make much difference - but sometimes it does, and Geth's Verdict is the insult, the injury, and the eulogy in one. And its art is pretty scary.
 
Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 3/5
Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Geth's Verdict which is a two mana Black instant which has target player sacrifice a creature and lose one life. 
This is another solid addition to the mono-Black sacrifice theme and will quickly find a home in existing decks of that type.  The double black in the cost will likely keep it from seeing play in most other builds as the removal isn't targeted and it is not easy to splash if more than one color of mana is in use.  The opponent losing one life is a small, but positive addition to the card that adds a little bit of value.  Overall yet another strong option for mono-Black and a weapon against creatures that would otherwise avoid targeted removal.
 
For Limited the double Black is a concern, but in the format this is one of the strongest removal options available.  Waiting until two sources of Black mana are available should not be a big drawback and playing multiple copies is recommended, if they available as despite it being a common it seems to be in short supply in packs.  For Sealed playing additional Swamps or mana fixing to run a stronger Black deck can benefit a card like this for an earlier play, but even half of the deck should be enough to use reliably in the middle stages of a game.  For Booster this is worth drafting quite early as you both want removal options and should be keeping them from others at your table when possible.
 
Constructed: 4.5
Casual: 4.5
Limited: 4.5
Multiplayer: 4.5

John
Shultis
Phoenix
Gaming

Welcome to another great review here at Pojo.com. This time around, we are looking at Geth’s Verdict from New Phyrexia. Geth’s Verdict is one of the opponent pain spells from the New Phyrexia set. Geth’s Verdict is a black instant that costs two black mana. Geth’s Verdict says target player sacrifices a creature and loses one life.
     Geth is always associated with pain and death, and his verdict usually dictates the same. That is why Geth’s Verdict combined this into one amazing spell. It is better than the Cruel Edict of old. For the same cost, only that Geth’s Verdict costs two black instead of Cruel Edicts one black, one generic, you get to deal damage while making them lose a creature. In a mono-black deck based off of some decent creature control, this spell is a must. And just think that once either Geth or Sheoldred hits the board, things get even more fun.
     Maybe not a staple in every black deck, but a definite great card to design around.
 
Limited: 3/5
Casual: 3/5
Multiplayer: 2/5
Constructed: 3/5


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