Sunday, January 8, 2012

RCotD #58

Random Card of the Day #58:

Dark Ritual - B
Add {B}{B}{B} to your mana pool.

Initial thoughts:

Ah, one of the boons. Those are all truly great cards. Giant Growth and Healing Salve are lacking, but this one really shines. In case you didn't know, the "boon cycle" is a one cost instant that does something respective to its colors nature and it does it in threes.

Healing Salve - Gain 3 life or prevent 3 damage
Ancestral Recall - Draw 3 cards
Dark Ritual - Add 3 mana
Lightning Bolt - Deal 3 damage
Giant Growth - +3/+3 until end of turn

Obviously the strongest is Ancestral Recall--it's banned in Legacy. Dark Ritual is one of the cards responsible for those turn 1 wins you hear about. Combined with something like Yawgmoth's Will and Lion's Eye Diamond, play your swamp, play Lion's Eye Diamond, Dark Ritual, play Yawgmoth's Will, before it resolves crack Lion's Eye Diamond, let Yawgmoth's resolve, replay Dark Ritual and Lions Eye Diamond. And do something like... I don't know, but you have 9 floating black and a storm count of five so far... Tendrils of Agony is a good play but you still need a higher storm count to win. Blood Pet is good. Rain of Filth. Just be creative.

This is just one of the decks out there. My friend likes to use these for turn 1 Liliana of the Veil. It's a huge enabler and just because of that, 5/5. Be creative.

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