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Ancestral Vengeance
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 Ancestral Vengeance
- Fate Reforged

Reviewed March 9, 2015

Constructed: 2.17
Casual: 2.33
Limited: 2.67
Multiplayer: 2.33

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Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Ancestral Vengeance which is a two mana Black aura that puts a +1/+1 counter on target creature you control and gives the creature it enchants -1/-1.  This is a solid and easily overlooked card that can change the dynamics of the battlefield noticeably with two small adjustments.  It can act as removal or help weaken a creature to be more easily managed and improves your own creature slightly.  Neither effect is worth the two mana alone, but combined it makes for a playable card that could see some appearances in mono-Black.
 
In Limited the two Black in the casting cost is a notable drawback, but the two effects can be a viable method for overcoming an offensive or defensive threat.  In Sealed it should be included whenever Black is a primary color of the build as it can't reliably be splashed or offer enough to force the color.  In Booster it is a decent middle of the pack pick after a Black rare or can even be earlier if the other choices are weak.
 
Constructed: 3.5
Casual: 3.5
Limited: 3.5
Multiplayer: 3.5


Paul

Welcome back readers, rumors of my death have been greatly exaggerated ive returned to give you the skinny on some sweet cards. Unfortunately this card is a little bitter( ha ha) In competitive formats including standard, modern, legacy, vintage this card is pretty awful, best case scenario is you pay two black mana to kill a 1/1 and pump one of your guys, worse case scenario you shrink something and get a buff. While it may sound good in theory it provides no real advantage and the likelihood of it killing a creature is debatable. You are better off with a real removal spell. In casual and multiplayer its slightly better as +1/+1 counters are useful, however in Magics history there are better +1/+1 counter cards and much much better removal spells making this really niche. In limited its also kind of unimpressive its got a poor chance at killing creatures and the counter is not worth the downside of having this in your deck. Overall an underwhelming card which can provide some value but is quite niche.
 
Constructed: 1.0
Casual: 1.5
Multiplayer 1.5
Limited: 1.5


David Fanany

Player since 1995

Ancestral Vengeance
 
It feels unusual to have a card that's mainly about enhancing your own creature but is also intended to enchant one you don't control - and let's be honest, that's really what this card is for. Giving one creature -1/-1 is, statistically, not likely to be enough to kill it a lot of the time, but adding another +1/+1 counter to one of your own creatures may have a more noticeable impact. Abzan Falconer is a real thing, especially in draft and sealed, and that style of deck is all about small, incremental advantages. As that sort of thing goes, this is a reasonable if unspectacular card.
 
Constructed: 2/5
Casual: 2/5
Limited: 3/5
Multiplayer: 2/5


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