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CardShark Content - Beatdown Bedford Crenshaw (2/19/2005)

I have always had my eye on black. My specialty is Sligh, and I have often played White Weenie and Stompy. Still, I can’t help but like Rats (my Eastern Zodiac symbol), and have been looking forward to building a tourney-lethal rat deck. Did this set do the job? Let’s look.

Bile Urchin
Bile Urchin
Bile UrchinSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
C
Number:
61
Artist:
Dany Orizio
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Sacrifice Bile Urchin Target player loses 1 life.
– Grade C+
It was because of this card that we did not get a true Mogg Fanatic
Mogg Fanatic
Mogg FanaticSet: Tempest
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Brom
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Sacrifice Mogg Fanatic: Mogg Fanatic deals 1 damage to target creature or player.
reprint. They should have gone ahead with making Frostling
Frostling
FrostlingSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
C
Number:
103
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Sacrifice Frostling Frostling deals 1 damage to target creature.
a Fanatic. Bile Urchin
Bile Urchin
Bile UrchinSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
C
Number:
61
Artist:
Dany Orizio
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Sacrifice Bile Urchin Target player loses 1 life.
has the virtue of being able to get around Worship
Worship
WorshipSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
57
Artist:
Mark Zug
Text:
Damage that would reduce your life total to less than 1 instead reduces it to 1 if you control a creature.
. You wouldn’t believe how many people forget that it can attack, and just sac’ it for the single point. Sad.

Blessing
Blessing
BlessingSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Julie Baroh
Text:
W: +1/+1
s of Leeches
Leeches
LeechesSet: Homelands
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Alan Rabinowitz
Text:
Target player loses all poison counters. Leeches deals 1 damage to that player for each poison counter removed in this way.
– Grade C-
The point of regenerating creatures is that they form a permanent barrier from having your life get taken down. Just plain not worth it.

Call for Blood
Call for Blood
Call for BloodSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
C
Number:
63
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Text:
As an additional cost to play Call for Blood, sacrifice a creature. Target creature gets -X/-X until end of turn, where X is the sacrificed creature's power.
– Grade C-
In Limited you will take what you can get, but in Constructed Black has so many options that its not worth bothering to give this card even the time of day.

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Filth
FilthSet: Judgment
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Incarnation
Rarity:
U
Number:
66
Artist:
Thomas M. Baxa

Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Swampwalk. As long as Filth is in your graveyard and you control a Swamp, creatures you control have Swampwalk.
– Grade D+
The only reason to play this is for the Soulshift, and if you Soulshift, there is much better options. It’s an expensive weenie.

Eradicate
Eradicate
EradicateSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
60
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
Remove target nonblack creature from the game. Search its controller's graveyard, hand, and library for all copies of that card and remove them from the game. That player then shuffles his or her library.
– Grade B
It’s back!!! Takes card of a problematic card for good. The fact that it costs 4cc when Terror
Terror
TerrorSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Text:
Buries target creature. Cannot target black creatures or artifact creatures.
is 2cc and Dark Banishing
Dark Banishing
Dark BanishingSet: Ice Age
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Drew Tucker
Text:
Bury target non-black creature.
is 3cc, and they are often just as good, prevents this card from getting an A.

Genju of the Fens
Genju of the Fens
Genju of the FensSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchant Swamp
Rarity:
U
Number:
66
Artist:
Tsutomu Kawade
Text:
2: Until end of turn, enchanted Swamp becomes a 2/2 black Spirit creature with "B: This creature gets +1/+1 until end of turn." It's still a land. When enchanted Swamp is put into a graveyard, you may return Genju of the Fens from your graveyard to your hand.
– Grade C+
Excellent for Draft, but probably too mana intensive for constructed.

Goryo's Vengeance
Goryo's Vengeance
Goryo's VengeanceSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
R
Number:
67
Artist:
Ittoku
Text:
Return target legendary creature card from your graveyard to play. That creature gains haste. Remove it from the game at end of turn. Splice onto Arcane 2B (As you play an Arcane spell, you may reveal this card from your hand and pay its splice cost. If you do, add this card's effects to that spell.)
– Grade C+
Someone might be able to build a deck around this. In draft, you would have had to have some serious luck pulling lots of black legends to pull this card off.

Hero's Demise
Hero's Demise
Hero's DemiseSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
68
Artist:
Jim Nelson
Text:
Destroy target legendary creature.
– Grade C
Pure sideboard card, for both constructed and Limited.

Hired Muscle
Hired Muscle
Hired MuscleSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Warrior
Rarity:
U
Number:
69
Artist:
Arnie Swekel
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Whenever you play a Spirit or Arcane spell, you may put a ki counter on Hired Muscle. At end of turn, if there are two or more ki counters on Hired Muscle, you may flip it. ---- Scarmaker Legendary Creature — Spirit 4/4 Remove a ki counter from Scarmaker Target creature gains fear until end of turn.
– Grade B-
4/4 Fear
Fear
FearSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Mark Poole
Text:
Target creature cannot be blocked by any creatures except black creatures and artifact creatures.
creatures can end games in a hurry. It can also give other creatures fear. Just might see play in Type 2.

Horobi's Whisper
Horobi's Whisper
Horobi's WhisperSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
C
Number:
70
Artist:
Aleksi Briclot
Text:
If you control a Swamp, destroy target nonblack creature. Splice onto Arcane—Remove four cards in your graveyard from the game. (As you play an Arcane spell, you may reveal this card from your hand and pay its splice cost. If you do, add this card's effects to that spell.)
– Grade B+
It’s a Dark Banishing
Dark Banishing
Dark BanishingSet: Ice Age
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Drew Tucker
Text:
Bury target non-black creature.
with a Splice cost that, as long as you aren’t playing reanimation decks, is fairly cheap, if sometimes hard to come by. Definitely Constructed and Draft worthy.

Ink-Eyes, Servant of Oni – Grade C+
A killer card for Limited, but it is too expensive to see Constructed play. Boy I long for the days of Dark Ritual
Dark Ritual
Dark RitualSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Sandra Everingham
Text:
Add BBB to your mana pool.
, when this card may well have been playable.

Kyoki, Sanity's Eclipse
Kyoki, Sanity's Eclipse
Kyoki, Sanity's EclipseSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
6
Color:
Black
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Demon Spirit
Rarity:
R
Number:
72
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Power:
6
Toughness:
4
Text:
Whenever you play a Spirit or Arcane spell, target opponent removes a card in his or her hand from the game.
– Grade C-
By the time you play this, your opponent’s hand should be fairly empty, making this a Black Legendary Craw Wurm
Craw Wurm
Craw WurmSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
6
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wurm
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Daniel Gelon
Power:
6
Toughness:
4
. Blehh.

Mark of the Oni
Mark of the Oni
Mark of the OniSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
U
Number:
73
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Text:
You control enchanted creature. At end of turn, if you control no Demons, sacrifice Mark of the Oni.
– Grade C+
I can’t help but think there is a killer Ogres & Demon
Demon
DemonSet: Divine vs Demonic
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Demon
Rarity:
C
Power:
*
Toughness:
*
Text:
Flying
s deck just waiting out there to be discovered. This card belongs there.

Nezumi Shadow-Watcher – Grade C+
Right now it’s Limited and Tribal filler, but should ninjas prove to be popular, this just well may be upgraded to a B card.

Ogre Marauder
Ogre Marauder
Ogre MarauderSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Ogre Warrior
Rarity:
U
Number:
75
Artist:
Adam Rex
Power:
3
Toughness:
1
Text:
Whenever Ogre Marauder attacks, it can't be blocked this turn unless defending player sacrifices a creature.
– Grade C+
In some corners, there are people who think this card will be good, as it requires an opponent loses two creatures to deal with it. However, at 1 toughness it is rather fragile. I’m not sold on its constructed worthiness, but it is a fine Limited card.

Okiba-Gang Shinobi – Grade C
Once again, a card that would have been nice had Dark Ritual
Dark Ritual
Dark RitualSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Sandra Everingham
Text:
Add BBB to your mana pool.
been reprinted. Still, with a Ninjutsu cost of 4, it is still a decent card for Limited.

Patron of the Nezumi
Patron of the Nezumi
Patron of the NezumiSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
7
Color:
Black
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
R
Number:
77
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
6
Toughness:
6
Text:
Rat offering (You may play this card any time you could play an instant by sacrificing a Rat and paying the difference in mana costs between this and the sacrificed Rat. Mana cost includes color.) Whenever a permanent is put into an opponent's graveyard, that player loses 1 life.
– Grade C+
This will probably cost 4 and a sac’, so I am not too impressed. Still, it combos nicely with Sicken
Sicken
SickenSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
156
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Text:
Enchanted creature gets -1/-1.Cycling 2 (You may pay 2 and discard this card from your hand to draw a card. Play this ability as an instant.)
Shoal, and gives black a beefy creature that won’t kill its controller. That’s worth something at least.

Psychic Spear
Psychic Spear
Psychic SpearSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
78
Artist:
Ron Spears
Text:
Target player reveals his or her hand. Choose a Spirit or Arcane card from it. That player discards that card.
– Grade B
Very nice in Block Constructed and as a early play in Limited, but probably too obscure for use in Extended or Type 2.

Pus Kami
Pus Kami
Pus KamiSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
7
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
U
Number:
79
Artist:
Dave Allsop
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
B, Sacrifice Pus Kami Destroy target nonblack creature. Soulshift 6 (When this is put into a graveyard from play, you may return target Spirit card with converted mana cost 6 or less from your graveyard to your hand.)
– Grade D+
In Limited, you’d probably take it as it is creature destruction on a somewhat decent sized creature with another occasionally useful ability. But that 7cc destroys any constructed worth it might have had.

Scour
Scour
ScourSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
18
Artist:
Eric Peterson
Text:
Remove target enchantment from the game. Search its controller's graveyard, hand, and library for all copies of that card and remove them from the game. That player then shuffles his or her library.
ge of the Numai – Grade C
Outside of the aforementioned Ogres & Demon
Demon
DemonSet: Divine vs Demonic
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Demon
Rarity:
C
Power:
*
Toughness:
*
Text:
Flying
s deck, this card is too risky.

Shirei, Shizo's Caretaker
Shirei, Shizo's Caretaker
Shirei, Shizo's CaretakerSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
R
Number:
81
Artist:
Wayne Reynolds
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Whenever a creature with power 1 or less is put into your graveyard from play, you may return that creature card to play under your control at end of turn if Shirei, Shizo's Caretaker is still in play.
– Grade D+
Recurring chump blockers in Limited play is this card's only worth. Forget
Forget
ForgetSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Mike Kimble
Text:
Target player chooses and discards two cards, then draws as many cards as he or she discarded in this way.
it.

Sicken
Sicken
SickenSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
156
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Text:
Enchanted creature gets -1/-1.Cycling 2 (You may pay 2 and discard this card from your hand to draw a card. Play this ability as an instant.)
aW5nIFNob2Fs – Grade A+
This is easily the best card in the set. Unlike the other shoals, it does not require a certain average cc of your other cards to be good. Early on you pitch a 2-4cc card to kill almost anything, and if you pitch the Nezumi patron with it, you can kill everything but a Darksteel Colossus
Darksteel Colossus
Darksteel ColossusSet: Darksteel
Cost:
11
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
R
Number:
109
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
11
Toughness:
11
Text:
Trample. Darksteel Colossus is indestructible (Destroy effects and lethal damage don't destroy it.) If Darksteel Colossus would be put into a graveyard from anywhere reveal Darksteel Colossus and shuffle it into its owner's library instead.
with it. Very sweet. Pick up four today.

Skullmane Baku
Skullmane Baku
Skullmane BakuSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
C
Number:
83
Artist:
Tim Hildebrandt
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Whenever you play a Spirit or Arcane spell, you may put a ki counter on Skullmane Baku. 1, T, Remove X ki counters from Skullmane Baku Target creature gets -X/-X until end of turn.
– Grade C-
Too expensive to be that useful as anything but Limited filler.

Skullsnatcher
Skullsnatcher
SkullsnatcherSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Rat Ninja
Rarity:
C
Number:
84
Artist:
Matt Cavotta
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Ninjutsu B (B, Return an unblocked attacker you control to hand Put this card into play from your hand tapped and attacking.) Whenever Skullsnatcher deals combat damage to a player, remove up to two target cards in that player's graveyard from the game.
– Grade B-
Decent filler for any Rat deck, and works well as a sideboard option against reanimation decks. There might be better options for a Constructed deck, but don’t count this guy out.

Stir the Grave
Stir the Grave
Stir the GraveSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
85
Artist:
Jim Nelson
Text:
Return target creature card with converted mana cost X or less from your graveyard to play.
– Grade B-
Decent reanimation card. A nice addition to any Limited deck, and should see some Type 2 play.

Takenuma Bleeder
Takenuma Bleeder
Takenuma BleederSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Ogre Shaman
Rarity:
C
Number:
86
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Whenever Takenuma Bleeder attacks or blocks, you lose 1 life if you don't control a Demon.
– Grade B
Even without Demon
Demon
DemonSet: Divine vs Demonic
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Demon
Rarity:
C
Power:
*
Toughness:
*
Text:
Flying
s, this card is a worthwhile addition to black decks. Within the Ogres & Demon
Demon
DemonSet: Divine vs Demonic
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Demon
Rarity:
C
Power:
*
Toughness:
*
Text:
Flying
s deck, it acts like an A.

Three Tragedies
Three Tragedies
Three TragediesSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
U
Number:
87
Artist:
Darrell Riche
Text:
Target player discards three cards.
– Grade D
Just too slow. A possible sideboard option in Booster Drafts if your opponent stocked up on overcosted creatures, but you should need assistance beating them if that’s what they did.

Throat Slitter
Throat Slitter
Throat SlitterSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Rat Ninja
Rarity:
U
Number:
88
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Ninjutsu 2B (2B, Return an unblocked attacker you control to hand Put this card into play from your hand tapped and attacking.) Whenever Throat Slitter deals combat damage to a player, destroy target nonblack creature that player controls.
– Grade B
That Ninjitsu cost is awesome. Your opponent will often let your early weenies thru, so surprise them with this. Strong card.

Toshiro Umezawa
Toshiro Umezawa
Toshiro UmezawaSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Human Samurai
Rarity:
R
Number:
89
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Bushido 1 (When this blocks or becomes blocked, it gets +1/+1 until end of turn.) Whenever a creature an opponent controls is put into a graveyard from play, you may play target instant card in your graveyard. If that card would be put into a graveyard this turn, remove it from the game instead.
– Grade B+
Solid creature, and a nice ability to boot. I’m not sure what deck type it will work well in, however.

Yokora, the Prisoner – Grade C+
If it had trample, it would be awesome. But it can be chump blocked and, if eliminated, will wipe out your entire horde. I think I’d pass on this.

So, that’s black for you in Betrayers. Lots of strong cards, and few decidedly bad ones. Black is definitely a color to go draft and to play in Constructed.


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