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Secrets of the Dead
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Secrets of the Dead
Dark Ascension

Reviewed March 5, 2012

Constructed: 3.40
Casual: 3.67
Limited: 2.88
Multiplayer: 2.67

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David Fanany

Player since 1995

Secrets of the Dead
 
We get an enchantment like this just about every block, so I guess people like them. Understandably - they often give you extra value out of whole classes of spells, and, in some examples including Secrets of the Dead, combine with cards from one end of the multiverse to another. In fact, Secrets of the Dead almost demands to be played in Extended and beyond: flashback is already a card advantage mechanic in itself, but there are more ways to play cards from graveyards the further back you go. It solves the downside of Shadowmoor's retrace mechanic, namely the danger of running out of cards, and have you seen how insane things get when you control this along with Haakon, Stromgald Scourge?
 
Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 2/5
Multiplayer: 3/5


Paul

Welcome back readers todays card of the day is an interesting compliment to Burning Vengeance, Secrets of The Dead allows you to draw a card whenever you cast a spell from a graveyard. In standard in I could envision this card being played side by side with Burning Vengeance in a flashback deck combined with cards like Think Twice and Reckless Looting the cards are available and it has the potential to be a combo deck. Card advantage is always solid and flashback provides more bang for your buck and this card advantage on top of it. In extended and modern a large card pool is available but the amount of red and blue combo decks already available may relegate this to the sidelines In favor of Splinter Twin or even Pyromancers  Ascension. In legacy and vintage I can’t see this card seeing much play as it is an enchantment with no immediate impact on the board and too slow for the format. In casual and multiplayer this card provides steady card advantage and a basis to build a powerful deck around combining this with flashback and Burning Vengeance you have a pretty solid combo/ control deck. In limited it’s a build around and can be abused easily. Overall a powerful combo style card that is a boon to flashback and Burning Vengeance style decks.
 
Constructed: 3.0
Casual: 3.0
Limited: 3.0
Multiplayer: 3.0

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Secrets of the Dead which is a three mana Blue enchantment that has you draw a card whenever you cast a spell from the graveyard.  This is a solid addition to a Blue/Black or Flashback deck that uses the graveyard like additional hand space, though is fairly useless in anything that isn't heavily dedicated to those or similar themes.
 
For Limited card drawing effects can be a huge advantage, but Secrets of the Dead is very conditional and requires specific effects to be of any value.  Fortunately there are many cards with Flashback in the block which makes this viable in a Sealed pool depending on what's available. 
For Booster it is tempting to pick this first for the card advantage and then drafting as much Flashback as possible.  A build like that has potential and would be efficient with or without Secrets in play, so it is definitely worth trying.
 
Constructed: 3.5
Casual: 3.5
Limited: 3.5
Multiplayer: 3.5

John
Shultis
Phoenix
Gaming

       Welcome to the Pojo.com card of the day. We kick off the week looking at Secrets of the Dead from Dark Ascension. Secrets of the Dead is an uncommon blue enchantment that costs two generic and a blue mana. Secrets of the Dead says that whenever you cast a spell from your graveyard, draw a card.

       Secrets of the Dead is the sibling spell of Burning Vengeance from Innistrad that allowed you to deal two damage to target creature or player for casting a spell from your graveyard. When combined they could be an awful lot of fun. Now, most people are hung up on the idea that these cards are meant for a Flashback based deck. And while yes, they do work extremely well in that sort of deck, they have another great deck type that they fall into. That deck type is Zombies. That’s right! With how many Zombie cards have been printed especially over the last few sets that allow you to cast cards from your graveyard, Secrets of the Dead, and perhaps even the Burning Vengeance, should certainly be in a Zombie deck. From Dark Ascension alone you got two great cards for this purpose, Gravecrawler and Havengul Lich.
 
Limited: 3/5
Casual: 4/5
Constructed: 4/5
Multiplayer: 1/5


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