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Vivisection
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Vivisection
Mirrodin Besieged

Reviewed March xx, 2011

Constructed: 2.45
Casual: 2.75
Limited: 2.87
Multiplayer: 2.55

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BMoor

Vivisection

This card effectively puts you exactly one card up. Possibly more, if you sacrifice a token, and the card that made the token made more or did something else. Or, like a true Phyrexian, you sacrificed a Darkslick Drake or some other creature with a death trigger. Or if it was a creature you stole with Act of Treason-- that could be funny, and a 4-for-2, by my count.  Otherwise, I'd rather have Foresee, which doesn't care if I control an expendable creature or not, and lets me potentially get deeper into my deck, AND gives me a modicum of control over what I draw off it.

Then again, this could be a useful card in decks that play Abyssal Persecutor....

Constructed- 2.5
Casual- 3.5
Limited- 4
Multiplayer- 3.25

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Vivisection
 
It can be a little frustrating when you get a new card from a new set that, at the first look, seems clearly worse than cards from recent sets. On the one hand, it can seem like Vivisection doesn't offer any advantages over Foresee or Jace's Ingenuity; but M11 isn't the last word on Magic, and Vivisection works well with cards like Viridian Emissary and Grave Pact. This may not have a place in high-level constructed right now, but I wouldn't forget about it either.
 
Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 3/5
Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Vivisection which is a four mana Blue spell that requires a sacrifice of a creature to draw three cards.  Blue does have other options to draw cards and asides from artifact builds or certain multicolor graveyard recursion isn't likely to have targets worth sacrificing.  In the right design this card may be worth a bit more than just a regular card draw engine, but as it takes the specific condition of requiring a creature in play to work it isn't very flexible.
 
For Limited you should have a creature available most of the time, but whether or not you want to sacrifice it will depend entirely on the current situation.  If the creature is weak or impacted by a -1/-1 counters sacrificing it is a great play and gaining a card advantage is rarely a bad thing in this format.  Even with that it is a card that needs to be used carefully and should be drafted a bit lower as it is effectively just a three for two that costs four mana.  In Sealed it can be played in a Blue deck if the mana curve allows, but it may wind up being a dead card in hand as often as it makes an effective play.
 
Constructed: 2.0
Casual: 2.0
Limited: 2.5
Multiplayer: 2.0

John
Shultis
Phoenix
Gaming

    Welcome to another card of the day here on Pojo.com. Today we take a look at Vivisection from Mirrodin Besieged. This three generic and one blue sorcery allows you to sacrifice a creature to draw three cards.
 
    While they were close to something amazing with this card, overall I feel that they dropped the ball. This card for four mana and a creature should have been an instant. That would make the high cost so much more worth it. And if they absolutely had to leave it a sorcery, they should have lowered the cost to three, and kept in the sacrifice. At least if it were an instant, you could gain some card advantage in the event your opponent tries to remove a creature of yours. But, alas, we are left with an overpriced draw three cards. I would much rather just spend one more mana and use Jace’s Ingenuity, which is an instant, so I can keep a counter spell ready right up until my opponent enters his end step.

    But, in terms of block, and how there are lots of ways that you can sacrifice a creature without actually losing a creature, for example Myr Sire, than I guess this is an ok card.
 
Limited: 2/5
Casual: 1/5
Multiplayer: 1/5
Constructed: 2/5


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