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Brutal Expulsion
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 Brutal Expulsion
- Battle for Zendikar

Reviewed October 5, 2015

Constructed: 3.5
Casual: 3.5
Limited: 4.0
Multiplayer: 3.5
Commander [EDH]: 3.5

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Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Brutal Expulsion which is a four man Blue and Red to cast instant with Devoid and you can return target spell or creature to the owner's hand and/or deal damage to target creature or planeswalker, exiling it if it is put into graveyard that turn.  This is an interesting combination of control with a temporary countermagic or creature bounce combined with a low end removal effect.  It can potentially clear two creatures off the field for four mana and offers Izzet builds an efficient and versatile tool even if it is at a slightly higher mana cost. Neither effect is particularly strong though and it may not find many homes in Constructed formats.
 
In a Limited setting Red and Blue can work well together to control the battlefield and this card offers quite a bit of value if it is in the Sealed pool.  Building around it can be somewhat awkward, yet rewarding and the impact it has when played should not be underestimated.  In Booster this is a very risky first pick as it requires drafting into two disparate colors that at least someone else is likely to be working on. 
The power may be worth it, but it may wind up being splashed in instead of fully supported depending on the table.
 
Constructed: 3.5
Casual: 3.5
Limited: 4.0
Multiplayer: 3.5
EDH/Commander: 3.5


David Fanany

Player since 1995

Brutal Expulsion
 
I have to say, it still feels a little odd to see Eldrazi with colored mana in their mana cost. While they have the devoid ability, they still have to be played in a deck that can generate mana of the relevant colors (and if we were to get into their status under Commander's rigid color identity rules . . . well, yeah). On the other hand, a colorless version of Jilt would be beyond brutal. Even this one is a tempo blowout when used at the right time, and the only glimmer of hope for opponents is that it's four mana and, for Standard, that there aren't any Signets around. But it's still going to wreck a lot of attack steps in the future.
 
Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 4/5
EDH/Commander: 4/5

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