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Thoughtseize
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Top 10 Cards of 2013

#9 -
Thoughtseize

- Theros

Reviewed December 19, 2013

Constructed: 4.17
Casual: 2.67
Limited: 3.83
Multiplayer: 2.00

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BMoor

Thoughtseize

I didn't nominate this for Top 10 mainly because it's a reprint. This is the best of 2013, after all. Was 2013 just an uninspired year, that's its best wasn't as good as reprints from past years?

Well, this is a pretty good card. Duress without the drawback, able to nail the cards you most want gone from an opponent's hand. All it costs is a measly 2 life... And a king's ransom in the secondary market. ;)

Constructed- 4
Casual- 1.5
Limited- 4
Multiplayer- 1


David Fanany

Player since 1995

Thoughtseize

This was one of the elements added to Theros to give black a better chance against an environment heavy on enchantments. If that's all you want, though, you can just as easily go with the core set's Duress. Thoughtseize is actually back for high-level constructed environments that don't care about life totals (or singles market prices) and want to be absolutely prepared for anything and everything. Those of you who remember Lorwyn will probably recall this card's prominence in every style of aggressive, tempo, and tribal deck; it would take something very extraordinary to prevent it from being just as prominent in this Standard season.

Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 2/5
Limited: 3/5
Multiplayer: 2/5

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

The number nine card of the year is Thoughtseize which is a one mana Black sorcery that has target player reveal his hand, then you have them discard one nonland card from it and you lose two life.  This is a very solid card, similar to Duress that also works for creatures at the cost of two life, though like most hand destruction is of minimal value in Multiplayer.  In one on one this is a pre-counter for just about any threat and playable on the first turn, making it one of the strongest weapons in Black's toolbox. The loss of life is minor, particularly with many life drain effects available, and this will be very popular in Standard while Theros is in rotation.
 
In Limited this is effectively removal and combined with a high value is a clear first pick in Booster that should also always be played when running Black in Sealed.  Seeing the opponent's hand is a solid advantage, especially early in the game, and the small life loss is well worth the one for one trade.
 
Constructed: 4.5
Casual: 4.5
Limited: 4.5
Multiplayer: 3.0


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