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Terminus
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Terminus
Avacyn Restored

Reviewed May 12, 2012

Constructed: 4.25
Casual: 4.25
Limited: 4.60
Multiplayer: 4.40

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BMoor

Terminus

Much like yesterday's Devastation Tide, Terminus is a sorcery that reset the board, with a very cheap Miracle cost that gives its caster that much extra mana and teh first opportunity with which to rebuild. Unlike Devastation Tide, Terminus puts the creatures it removes somewhere it'll be MUCH harder to get them back from. This is especially useful in a set with Undying, Flashback, and so many graveyard-dependant cards. In this environment, a Day of Judgment might accomplish so very little, or even backfire as your opponent's creature can be recovered, his Spider Spawning was improved, and his surviving Morbid effects just went live. Terminus comes with no such concerns-- your opponent isn't getting his dudes back from the bottom of his library, and things like regeneration, Undying or Indestructibility won't stop them from going there. Granted, that means you have to get that much more creative if you want to cheat the Terminus yourself, but mostly what we have here is a board wipe that white control decks can really rely on to actually wipe the board.

Constructed- 4
Casual- 4
Limited- 4
Multiplayer- 4

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Terminus
 
The word "terminus" simply means "end" in Latin, and as such there's no shortage of things they could have named it. Latin, though, is an ancient language which is both the ancestor of many modern languages and strongly associated with power and prestige, giving this card a strong air of finality and inevitability. Oh, and I suppose its game text does that, too. Actually, when you're on the wrong end of a miracle-cost Terminus followed by a Frost Titan, it feels like something a lot worse than that. I have a subtle fear that incidents like that are going to overshadow the fact that this card is also an all-round solid Day of Judgment variant that gets around abilities like unearth and that rules paragraph on Moldgraf Monstrosity.
 
Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 5/5
Multiplayer: 4/5
Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Terminus which is a White six mana or one mana with Miracle that puts all creatures on the bottom of their owners'
libraries.  Like other Wrath of God effects this is very powerful in any format, particularly Multiplayer, that also adds a timely advantage against graveyard effects by not sending the creatures there.  Without the Miracle this is appropriately costed and would see play, but the chance for casting it for one mana at Instant speed makes it top of the line.  Effects that allow you to draw on an opponent's turn can really ramp this up and Terminus will be a popular card for the duration of the Innistrad block's presence in Standard.
 
For Limited mass removal is the ultimate equalizer and the cost is easily managed even in a multicolor deck.  The Miracle is great nice bonus, particularly when other cards are kept in hand to refill the battlefield and it should always be a first pick in Booster.  In Sealed this is something that warrants splashing White as it is too powerful to be left in the sidedeck.  Even a single White mana can fuel it, though a few extra to manage other White cards and hard cast it is recommended.
 
Constructed: 4.0
Casual: 4.0
Limited: 4.5
Multiplayer: 4.5

John
Shultis
Phoenix
Gaming

      Welcome to the Pojo.com card of the day section. Today we close out our week looking at Terminus from Avacyn Restored. Terminus is a rare white sorcery that costs four generic mana and two white mana. Terminus says put all creatures on the bottom of their owner’s libraries. Terminus also has MIracl for one white mana.

      Yesterday we reviewed Devastation Tide and I said it was not one of the best cards with Miracle, today we are looking at one of the best in my opinion. One white mana to put all creatures on the bottom of their owner’s libraries, if cast for the Miracle cost. And even at six mana, that is not that bad for such an amazing ability. Normally, white just destroys, i.e. Day of Judgment. This gets around that pesky indestructibility, and ensures that any nuisances are properly handled. And if cast for it’s Miracle cost, it allows you to gain advantage because you would then be able to drop out an army of your own if you’ve been properly preparing.  

Limited: 5/5
Constructed: 5/5
Casual: 5/5
Multiplayer: 5/5


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