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....
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.
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.
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.