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Terminate
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Terminate
- Planeshift

Reviewed October 5, 2015

Constructed: 4.17
Casual: 4.50
Limited: 4.83
Multiplayer: 4.00
Commander [EDH]: 3.88

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David Fanany

Player since 1995

The art for the Planeshift version of Terminate depicted the death of Darigaaz, a dragon who allied with Urza against the Phyrexians. For the Alara Reborn version, they depicted a moment that was probably of equal emotional impact to someone, but we don't know exactly who because there were a lot fewer novels and similar fiction at that time. It's unfortunate. Still, this is a contender for one of the best removal spells of all time - certainly it made history as the first significant black card to destroy any creature with no restrictions. Requiring two colors seems superficially like somewhat of an issue, but it's actually remained very strong even as Magic has grown - there may be more creatures with protection than there were in 2001, but there are still many more without it, and Grixis and Mardu had not yet gotten any real official support as color combinations back then.
 
Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 5/5
Multiplayer: 4/5
EDH/Commander: 4/5
Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Terminate which is a two mana Black and Red instant that destroys target creature and it can't be Regenerated.  This is an excellent removal option for Rakdos, Jund, Grixis, or Mardu builds as the low cost and open targeting with the Incinerate clause of countering Regeneration is about as efficient as it gets.  This has been a popular choice in competitive decks and will remain a top removal choice across formats for a very long time.
 
In a Limited format this is a two mana removal that targets without an exclusion making it one of the strongest cards available.  Even with the two colors this is an easy early pick in Booster to follow a Red or Black first choice, a hate draft when out of color, or even a first pick in an otherwise weak pack.  In Sealed it can be splashed with one color or the other and should not be sidedecked unless the other side of the pool works better overall.
 
Constructed: 4.5
Casual: 4.5
Limited: 4.5
Multiplayer: 4.5
EDH/Commander: 4.5


Armuun

When you absolutely positively gotta kill something while running red/black, accept no substitutes. Seriously, i'm surprised that it's a common. You could run hero's downfall, or dreadbore, and they're all good options, but this is low cost, instant and stops regenning. 

Constructed: 4
Casual: 5
Limited: 5
Multiplayer: 3.5
EDH: 3


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