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Card of the Day

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Dark Ritual
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Halloween Special!

Dark Ritual
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Reviewed October 31, 2011

Constructed: 4.67
Casual: 4.00
Limited: 3.87
Multiplayer: 3.50

Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale
1 being the worst.  3 ... average.  
5 is the highest rating

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David Fanany

Player since 1995

Dark Ritual

I was very surprised to see that we've never reviewed Dark Ritual, as it's such an iconic card, and has great applications and great flavor. My personal favorite flavor text is the Mercadian Masques version - it always reminds me of the witches from Macbeth, which is pretty neat. You may be thinking that this card would have fit well in Innistrad's horror setting, and indeed it would have, but it's considered much too dangerous for Standard. It's unfortunate, because Dark Ritual has always been good for so many things, and not all of them are horrendously broken. The turn one Necropotence has more influence on design than the turn one Skittering Monstrosity, or the thirty-point Exsanguinate. It's one of the few colored spells that can rival Moxes and Lotuses in power - so if you decide to make your fire burn and cauldron bubble, use it wisely.

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

Paul

Welcome back readers todays card of the day is the classic and iconic card Dark Ritual. We have never reviewed this card before and because it’s Halloween this seems like a perfectly spooky card to review. This is a classic and iconic card a turn one Hypnotic Specter or Necropotence ruined many peoples days, fast mana is ripe for abuse and is insanely powerful. Unfortunately this card is not legal in standard, extended or modern the close ritual being for either two mana or one and a sacrifice creature with Infernal Plunge not really on par with this powerful card. In eternal formats legacy and vintage this card is insane it provides a lynchpin mostly in storm decks and is just powerful in its own right. In casual this is once again powerful for powering out combo’s and providing a nice early game advantage. In multiplayer one shot effects are not the best cards but depending on how you use this it could be powerful. In limited in the formats you can actually draft this card it is powerful but can only fit into certain kinds of decks. Overall one of the most powerful and iconic Magic cards and is certainly worthy of being our extra spooky card of the day today.
 
Constructed: 4.5
Casual: 3.5
Limited: 3.0
Multiplayer: 3.0

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Dark Ritual which as a one mana card to give
three mana is one of the top cards in Magic's history when played in an
aggressive deck that can afford the card for acceleration.  A staple in
formats where it is legal and one of the best cards to have in your
opening hand.
 
For a Limited format where this is available it can be very powerful
with the right hand and is definitely worth drafting in multiples.  Even
if you aren't playing Black when it is chosen, a copy or several of this
can accelerate most colors enough to give a big advantage.  A Sealed
build should almost always play Black if the pool has Dark Ritual and
even a small number of other playable Black cards, particularly removal
or three mana creatures.
 
Constructed: 4.5
Casual: 4.5
Limited: 4.5
Multiplayer: 4.5

John
Shultis
Phoenix
Gaming

      Happy Halloween from myself and everyone here at Pojo.com! For this spooktacular day, we have a special card to review, Dark Ritual. For those who have lived under a roc (lol) and do not know what Dark Ritual does, it is a black instant that costs just one black mana to add three black mana.

      Dark Ritual, or Dark Rit as it is usually referred to at my store anyways, is definitely one of the all time greatest cards ever printed. It is the focal point for several amazing combos, or first turn drops. It has been greatly utilized to drop out the Vampire Nighthawk on first turn, which in turn causes you to have a very efective lifelink flier dropped first turn, and with death touch. But perhaps it is feared more for the people who really know what it can do. This card, this seemingly simple card, can nearly end the game in 4 turns as part of one of my favorite series of combos. It does require a decent hand to pull off correctly, and since most of the cards involved in the combo are banned or restricted in most formats, you will see why. First turn, Dark Rit into a Buried Alive. You grab any three creatures, one with a large power, and preferably flying and haste, and then two cards that hopefully do something while in the graveyard. Then next turn, you play Animate Dead, and drop that big baddy onto the battlefield, and then start swinging! Granted, many cards have been printed, especially lately, that can end these combos, but that does not stop them from being extremely effective when they do happen.

       And lets face it, even if you aren’t utilizing it first turn, a Dark Rit gets you two turns ahead whenever you do use it.

      Simply put, one of the best black spells ever!

Constructed: 5/5
Casual: 5/5
Multiplayer: 5/5
Limited: n/a


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