Monday, December 19, 2011

RCotD #38

Random Card of the Day #38:

Ramses Overdark - 2UUBB

Legendary Creature - Human Assassin
{T}: Destroy target enchanted creature.

Initial thoughts:

Lots of errata on this card. But as for its P/T to mana cost ratio, it's pretty lacking. What's more important to note than the 6 cost is its color commitment. It's not just blue and black, it requires two of each. This hardly makes the card splashable, you almost only have to be playing blue and black to ensure you can get this card out. (Maybe you can add green for mana fixing.)

There's not a lot of cards to compare this to overall, but let's compare things with related converted mana cost. Szadek, Lord of Secrets and Ur-Drago are the only other creatures with UUBB in their converted mana cost, but both of them cost 7. (Besides multicolor cards like Progenitus) Even other cards like Wrexial, the Risen Deep (also called Cthulhu from my friends.) have completely different effects and serve completely different purposes in different decks.

A 6-cost 4/3 that has a situational targeted kill is not exactly the best card, but it could be a budgeted Avatar of Woe if you played it with Rancor. Play Rancor, tap to destroy, return Rancor to your hand. Replay it next turn. It's not exactly the same as Avatar because it's sorcery speed, but if you're running blue you can make it instant speed with Leyline of Anticipation. (Which in my opinion, every blue deck should have at least one.) Rancor is probably not even the best card. Any returnable aura is good, but the best is probably Fool's Demise.

It's a pretty average card, but it's got a nifty effect that could completely change the game; and maybe you can make some combos out of it with Auras that go back to your hand when they go to the graveyard--there a few of those. I would give it a 2/5 because of how high-cost and P/T, (Would be terrible to see this Lightning Bolt'd) but its tap effect can actually be pretty spectacular if you build your deck right. 3/5

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