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Prey Upon
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Prey Upon
- Eldritch Moon

Reviewed Aug. 12, 2016

Constructed: 2.67
Casual: 3.00
Limited: 4.50
Multiplayer: 3.28
Commander [EDH]: 3.25

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David Fanany

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Prey Upon
 
Prey Upon is a card that I feel has always been on the cusp of excellence. The hardcore constructed Spikes have usually passed it over in favor of black's outright destruction spells; by contrast, kitchen-table settings have always gotten a lot of mileage out of pairing it with deathtouch and wither creatures. In an age of increasingly available mana fixing (there's a time when Khans of Tarkir's comes-into-play-tapped dual lands would have been rare), it is easy to justify reaching straight for Ultimate Price and the like, but then you'd miss out on the interactions with things like wither and lifelink. I think there are times when it befits all of us to go cute rather than go big, and Prey Upon is a great place to start.
 
Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 5/5
Multiplayer: 4/5
EDH/Commander: 4/5
James H. Prey Upon (8/12)
 
Prey Upon makes its triumphant return from Innistrad as green's common removal spell, and it does the job decently well for a 1-mana green sorcery. Green is famous for having the biggest creatures, and this is a way of ensuring board supremacy, even at the cost of one of your own creatures.
 
There's not a lot to say about a card this simple: it's removal, and it's powerful removal. You want it in Limited if you're in green, but other options are superior in Constructed formats.
 
Constructed: 2.25
Casual: 2
Limited: 4
Multiplayer: 2.75
Commander: 2.5

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