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Languish
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Languish
- Origins

Reviewed July 14, 2015

Constructed: 3.88
Casual: 4.00
Limited: 4.33
Multiplayer: 4.00
Commander [EDH]: 3.75

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David Fanany

Player since 1995

Languish
 
I have to admit that I always thought it was strange that protection didn't apply to global effects that don't deal damage, such as Languish's. (It did in the first release of Magic, but the rule was changed later on.) It's hard to explain why one way a color can kill everything is affected but another isn't. For that matter, I'm not sure how toughness-reducing effects came to be concepted as something different enough from damage to kill indestructible creatures. Still, Languish is perhaps the most powerful black mass destruction spell since Damnation, and that's saying a lot. While it doesn't answer the largest creatures, it is no less effective at dealing with swarms while still not allowing regeneration, allow you to make the effect asymmetrical with high-toughness creatures (more so than Black Sun's Zenith) and is right at that magical four mana cost where we've barely seen a universal mass destruction spell in the last few blocks. This will be a go-to card in control decks for Standard, and will also be adopted in certain decks beyond there.
 
Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 4/5
EDH/Commander: 4/5
Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Languish which is a four mana Black sorcery that gives all creatures -4/-4 until end of turn.  This is a board clearer that could potentially be designed around to protect some of your creatures, though the options are a bit cumbersome to make that work effectively.  Overall it is a weaker Damnation for Standard that has the slight advantage of getting around Indestructible, so it may see play outside of the current format.
 
In Limited this can reset the board when in a losing position, though there are seventeen creatures in the set with a base toughness of five or more that can survive it on their own.  An easy first pick in Booster that should not be passed to an opponent barring very extreme circumstances and strong enough to boost even a mediocre Black pool in Sealed.
 
Constructed: 4.0
Casual: 4.0
Limited: 4.0
Multiplayer: 4.0


Armuun
Languish
 
A strictly worse Mutilate in mono-black, A much better mutilate in 2-3 color decks running or even splashing black.

I think that says it all
 
Constructed: 3.5
Casual: 4
Limited: 5
Multiplayer: 4
EDH: 3.5

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