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Horrifying Revelation
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Horrifying Revelation
Mirrodin Besieged

Reviewed March 8, 2011

Constructed: 1.90
Casual: 2.25
Limited: 1.90
Multiplayer: 1.50

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BMoor

Horrifying Revelation

Your standard one-mana discard spell, with a little something extra. Magic: the Gathering just loves its little extras, doesn't it? Anyway, this one puts the top card of your victim's library into his graveyard. Black has always dabbled in mill, but it prefers the precision extirpation, rather than Blue's tactic of large amounts off the top and hope to exhaust him that way. But the problem is, cards in your library are like life points-- as long as there's still at least one left, it doesn't really matter how many you have left, does it? And so without Blue's bargain-basement book burning, Black just is not going to successfully run anyone out of cards.

Horrifying Revelation is still playable, though. If nothing else it is a first-turn discard spell, and Black does occasionally plunder its opponents' graveyards for things to reanimate, so putting two cards there instead of one couldn't hurt, right? But still, the Revelation gives the opponent a choice in the matter. And since Duress is still Standard-legal, in case you'd forgotten, I just don't see Horrifying Revelation finding its niche-- at least not for a while.

Constructed- 2
Casual- 2.5
Limited- 2
Multiplayer- 1.5

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Horrifying Revelation
 
I like the idea of a card that attacks the opponent's hand and library at the same time. The problem with discard-forcing cards has always been that they don't do anything when the opponent has no cards left in their hand - Horrifying Revelation also addresses that issue, but the impact may not be quite enough to get it into high-level play. I will note, though, that it messes with the Mind Sculptor's Brainstorm ability and anything else that people use to know what the top card of their library is, and that a fully-charged Bloodchief Ascension likes it a lot.
 
Constructed: 2/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 2/5
Multiplayer: 2/5


Paul

Welcome back readers   today’s card of the day is Horrifying Revelation from Mirrodin Besieged.  For one  black mana an  opponent is forced to discard  a card  and  put the top  card of his  or her  library  into the  graveyard the  short  and sweet is  bad  discard and bad  mill  stapled  together. In standard, extended and  eternal this will never  see play  as  the  number of cards  that  outclass  it is  tremendous  barring  some  sort of bizarre card  that interacts  well  with it.  In casual its bad as you can get more efficient mill or discard for a little more mana.   In   multiplayer  it only hits one  player  so  I  would  not run it In  multiplayer.  In limited  it’s  a  last  pick If I  ever saw  one  and  I would never  main deck  it, overall  a horrible  card  with such poor  applications  I  wouldn’t play  it.
 
Constructed: 1.0
Casual:  1.0
Limited:  1.0
Multiplayer:  1.0

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Horrifying Revelation which is a one mana Black spell that has target player discard a card and send the top card from their library to their graveyard.  This is a decent bit of disruption for a single mana and works well enough for discard decks, but that theme is fairly weak especially in multiplayer and this does little to enhance it.  Overall an average card that may see some play and does a nice job of annoying Blue players using Scry effects, but nothing overly impressive.
 
For Limited without a likely source of discard effects there won't be as much combo potential for this card, but there are options depending on your draft.  For hand destruction if you happen to open Painful Quandary or Sangromancer a few copies of Revelation become very useful.  Psychic Miasma and Sword of Feast and Famine work as support as well, but drafting a pool like that is asking quite a bit.  The library removal in a forty card environment can be a surprise path to victory with the mythic rares Geth, Lord of the Vault and Sword of Body and Mind.  In that scenario Shriekhorn would also be a common to watch for.  Without those cards available there may seem to be less reason to run Horrifying Revelation, though it is a one for one trade for a single mana, plus a card in their library.  It works as a filler for keeping a good mana curve and can be an annoying early game play, so it is worth consideration for any Black build.
 
Constructed: 2.5
Casual: 2.5
Limited: 2.5
Multiplayer: 1.5

John
Shultis
Phoenix
Gaming

   Welcome to another Card of the Day review here at Pojo.com. This time we are taking a look at Horrifying Revelation from Mirrodin Besieged. This one black mana cost sorcery makes a player discard a card and then put the top card of his or her library into his or her graveyard. And all of that is from another common card from the set. While not anything that is going to blow your opponent out of the water, it is something that will be troublesome, and if well applied, a definite nuisance.

   In standard it is not much about mill decks or discard decks, although this works exceptionally well with Liliana decks using Liliana’s Caress. It could be a center point for people hoping to bring discard back to standard.

    Of course in vintage, it works well with Megrim, but the Liliana’s Caress is far superior to Megrim in that it is cheaper and a loss of life as opposed to damage. In case you are unaware, a Circle of Protection Black can stop the damage from Megrim, but does not stop the loss of life of the Liliana’s Caress.

   Ultimately, you get what you pay for, and it is definitely worth building around. If this card doesn’t have the support of some other reasons to discard, or even some ways of inflicting pain for discarding, than it is just another black common. But when well applied, it could very well be a card your opponents loath.
 
Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 4/5
Multiplayer: 3/5
Limited: 2/5


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