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Accursed Witch
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 Accursed Witch / Infectious Curse
- Shadows over Innistrad

Reviewed April 15, 2016

Constructed: 2.25
Casual: 3.75
Limited: 3.00
Multiplayer: 3.50
Commander [EDH]: 2.50

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David Fanany

Player since 1995

Accursed Witch / Infectious Curse
 
I have to admit that when it comesInfectious Curse to witches in popular culture, I usually don't gravitate towards anything darker than Sabrina. I only watched season 6 of Buffy the Vampire Slayer for basically that exact reason. I'll make an exception for this card, though, because it has the potential to do some very interesting things. You'll notice that the creature side encourages your opponent to kill it, but doesn't actually require it for the effect to take place. As such, the total package plays into multiple of black's strengths, like killing your own creatures for a benefit and casting debilitating spells on your opponent. I particularly like how Infectious Curse's wording affects not only spells like Corrupt (multiples per turn?!) but also the original Innistrad block's curses, which tended to be on the expensive side.
 
Constructed: 2/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 3/5
EDH/Commander: 3/5
BMoor Accursed Witch//Infectious Curse

I like the idea that whoever kills the Witch "inherits" her curse. The Witch itself is beyond underwhelming-- a Giant Cockroach that actively enables opponents to kill her. But of course, they won't want to, because then they'll get cursed. Which means she's a 4/2 that players won't want to block. The Curse isn't exactly insurmountable-- spells that target players aren't exactly bountiful in Innistrad these days. There's Avacyn's Judgment and Liliana's Indignation, which each allow to you set X one higher than you could afford if your opponent is Cursed, and then there's Alms of the Vein, To the Slaughter, Pick the Brain, Startled Awake, and a few burn spells you'd probably rather use to kill creatures. Nothing here screams "game winner" hard enough that making it cost 1 less excites me, but then again, most of them are black and so is this. There's also that 1-point life drain each turn, which can help push the clock back in your favor if you're behind, and of course there's nothing stopping you from playing several of these on the same player. A 2, 3, or even 4-point life swing each turn, plus an extra-discounted X spell, could be quite ruinous indeed.

And of course, in a multiplayer game, the player who bites the bullet and kills the Witch doesn't have to be the target of the Curse, so there's the political angle to be had as well.

Constructed- 2.5
Casual- 3.5
Limited- 2
Multiplayer- 4
Commander- 2

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