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Grave Strength
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 Grave Strength 
- Fate Reforged

Reviewed March 13, 2015

Constructed: 3.00
Casual: 3.33
Limited: 3.33
Multiplayer: 3.00

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David Fanany

Player since 1995

Grave Strength
 
I don't think I actually own any copies of this card, but it looks like a fun one to experiment with. Sometimes cards with this sort of templating end up being used simply as ways to put cards into the graveyard; that probably won't happen in this case, because I suspect people will be concerned about having to boost one of their opponent's creatures if they don't have any themselves. But in a "Sultai deck" (using delve) it can sometimes turn their high-toughness low-power creatures into more significant threats, and in larger casual settings it can combine with Innistrad's self-mill and graveyard-use strategies. 
 
Constructed: 2/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 3/5
Multiplayer: 3/5
Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Grave Strength which is a two mana Black sorcery that puts the top three cards of your library into the grave then puts a +1/+1 counter on target creature for each creature in your grave.  This is a fantastic power up for an evasive, Lifelink, or Trample threat in a self-mill theme and with the right timing can very easily win a game.  At worst this should add at least two +1/+1 tokens for two mana which is a bargain and is easily supported with many existing and regularly played Black cards.  This should see a great deal of play across most formats and is a serious threat that adds quite a bit to an already popular design.
 
In Limited this may not be easily supported and is actively opposed by Dredge, but even two or three creatures in the grave makes it worth playing.  A solid second or third pick in Booster after a Black rare and a card that should always be included when using even a splash of Black in Sealed.
 
Constructed: 4.0
Casual: 4.0
Limited: 4.0
Multiplayer: 4.0

Mattedesa

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Grave Strength
 
I’ll admit, I didn’t even give this card a second glance until recently when I played someone who built a mono-black deck with a bunch of cheap creatures and this. Turn 1, play a creature, turn 2, play this and mill a couple creatures, attack for 3. Also, this helped build up the graveyard for delve. 
 
This is better than an aura because it puts counters on the creature instead of an aura that could be destroyed. It also gets more powerful as the game goes on.
 
It’s not a powerhouse, but it can be a valuable pump in some cases.
 
Constructed: 3.0
Casual: 3.0
Limited: 3.0
Multiplayer: 2.0

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