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Smite
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 Smite
- Gatecrash

Reviewed March 1, 2013

Constructed: 3.65
Casual: 3.75
Limited: 4.30
Multiplayer: 2.80

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BMoor

Smite

I'm a bit surprised we've never done Smite. It's a pretty solid kill spell for one mana. Only trouble is, for you to kill it, first you have to be able to block it. And to be able to block it, it has to attack you and you have to not attack with at least one creature. So Smite is good when you're on the defensive, but not when you're the aggressor. That's better than the other way around, since it helps you when you most need the help and if you're in a situation where you can't use it, you're probably winning.

The fact that it's only one mana is nice as well, since it's a combat trick and you don't want to leave up more than absolutely necessary. Leave up four mana and your opponent knows you're up to something. Leave up only one, and maybe you just didn't have enough to cast that last card. 

Constructed- 4
Casual- 3.5
Limited- 4.5
Multiplayer- 3.75

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Smite
 
I assume that Smite is mostly in Gatecrash to help white players deal with bloodrush, as one of that ability's most common uses is to kill a creature that you "shouldn't" be able to defeat in combat. I just think it's unfortunate that it came so soon after Smite the Monstrous, as having both is perhaps poor planning name-wise, but that's okay as they're both good cards. Many white decks will have enough blockers to lure an opponent into what he thinks is an advantageous attack, and using one white mana to kill something huge calls back to some of the best (and most broken) cards in Magic.
 
Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 5/5
Multiplayer: 3/5

Paul

Welcome back readers todays card of the day is Smite an interesting removal spell. In standard the age old adage applies, who blocks? But with this spell around combat suddenly turns in your favor. As aggressive as the standard format has become and cards such as Giant Growth seeing play I don’t doubt this card could see some limited play as it straight up deals with creatures as long as you block them making it a fine early play and surprising trick. In other formats it doesn’t do enough to justify its inclusion in your decks. In casual and multiplayer it’s a decent trick but is outclassed by powerful spells such as Path To Exile, Swords to Plowshares and many many other spells making it somewhat of a poor choice. In limited removal is removal, while this is conditional it still serves a valuable role. Overall a solid limited card with little potential elsewhere.
 
Constructed: 2.0
Casual: 1.5
Limited: 2.5
Multiplayer: 1.0

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Smite which is a one mana White instant that destroys target blocked creature.  This is a combat trick that can work as top end removal for a very low cost which is very powerful in a deck that is more defensive or using Vigilance.  Even builds that put a token into play every turn can take advantage of this, but aside from needing a creature untapped it is also weak against evasive attackers which is a notable drawback.  Overall this is likely to see some play in certain builds, though it is unlikely to make a real impact on competitive formats.
 
For Limited this is one of the best removal options available by being low cost and ignoring the toughness of the target.  Every deck with White mana should run any copies available as it will be very likely to give you an advantage and just the presence in the format is a major psychological weapon.  A second or third pick in Booster and automatic inclusion for Sealed using Boros or Orzhov colors.
 
Constructed: 3.5
Casual: 3.5
Limited: 4.5
Multiplayer: 3.5

John
Shultis
Phoenix
Gaming
      Welcome to the Pojo.com Card of the Day section. We are closing out the week looking at a card I am sure many of you are familiar with, Smite. Smite is reprinted in Gatecrash, and is a common instant that costs one white mana. Smite says destroy target blocked creature. 

     Doesn't get much simpler than Smite, does it? Attacks are coming in, you line up your blocks, and suddenly, things aren't looking your way. What are you going to do? Smite. 

    As simple as it was just laid out, that's how easy it can be. Whether you pair a tiny creature against something monstrous, or combat tricks start pouring in on what may have been a favorable block, you just have to answer with Smite, and make it all go away. These days the combat tricks are in my opinion what makes Smite such a great card. You may be on a slight defensive, block a creature, and before you know it, there are a bunch of Bloodrush triggers lined up on a creature you thought was about to die. And perhaps even trample damage coming over. A simple Smite, and things are back in your favor. 
 
Limited: 5/5
Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 4/5
Multiplayer: 3/5

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