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Seeing as how Black seems to be the most popular color for me to review, we’ll start the color reviews of 9th with Black. So, how did this no-longer-evil color (*nod nod wink wink*) do. Here we go…

Blackmail
Blackmail
BlackmailSet: Onslaught
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
127
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Text:
Target player reveals three cards from his or her hand and you choose one of them. That player discards that card.

Constructed: C+ Limited: C MTGO: C- (Onslaught
Onslaught
OnslaughtSet: Exodus
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Number:
92
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Text:
Whenever you successfully cast a creature spell, tap target creature.
)
That’s right; you get to choose which of his three worst cards in his hand goes bye-bye. Yuck!

Consume Spirit
Consume Spirit
Consume SpiritSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
60
Artist:
Matt Thompson
Text:
Spend only black mana on X. Consume Spirit deals X damage to target creature or player. You gain X life.

Constructed: B- Limited: B- MTGO: C (Mirrodin)
The new Drain Life
Drain Life
Drain LifeSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Drain Life does 1 damage to a single target for each B spent in addition to the casting cost. Caster gains 1 life for each damage inflicted. If you drain life from a creature, you cannot gain more life than the creature's current toughness.
sees a promotion to the base set. Fair enough.

Contaminated Bond
Contaminated Bond
Contaminated BondSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
61
Artist:
Thomas M. Baxa
Text:
Whenever enchanted creature attacks or blocks, its controller loses 3 life.

Constructed: C Limited: C+ MTGO: C (Mirrodin)
I always thought cards like this were underrated, at least so in Limited. That’s because outright creature destruction is seen as preferable; this is just Black’s Pacifism
Pacifism
PacifismSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
33
Artist:
Robert Bliss
Text:
Enchanted creature can't attack or block.
.

Cruel Edict
Cruel Edict
Cruel EdictSet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Jeffrey R. Busch
Text:
Your opponent chooses one of his or her creatures. Destroy that creature.

Constructed: B- Limited: B- MTGO: B+
We’ve been seeing a lot of Portal cards in 9th; this is probably the best. It may not be Diabolic Edict
Diabolic Edict
Diabolic EdictSet: Tempest
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Text:
Target player sacrifices a creature.
, but it’s still an awesome addition to the mix.

Enfeeblement
Enfeeblement
EnfeeblementSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
125
Artist:
John Bolton
Text:
Enchanted creature gets -2/-2.

Constructed: C+ Limited: B- MTGO: B-
First seen in Mirage, last seen in 6th Edition, this card makes its return. If the metagame goes strong for Black, then this card will be valuable for mirror matches. Otherwise, Rend Flesh
Rend Flesh
Rend FleshSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
C
Number:
140
Artist:
Stephen Tappin
Text:
Destroy target non-Spirit creature.
will still be the preferred destroyer.

Festering Goblin
Festering Goblin
Festering GoblinSet: Onslaught
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie Goblin
Rarity:
C
Number:
148
Artist:
Thomas M. Baxa
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
When Festering Goblin is put into a graveyard from play, target creature gets -1/-1 until end of turn.

Constructed: B- Limited: B- MTGO: C+ (Onslaught
Onslaught
OnslaughtSet: Exodus
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Number:
92
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Text:
Whenever you successfully cast a creature spell, tap target creature.
)
I always had a feeling this would come back to us. It helps promote B/R as a team, and gives Black a solid weenie. Awesome.

Final Punishment
Final Punishment
Final PunishmentSet: Scourge
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
67
Text:
Target player loses life equal to the damage dealt to him or her this turn.

Constructed: C- Limited: C MTGO: C- (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)
For all those Black Johnnies out there, here you are…this “bomb” from 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. The problem is its best after an “alpha strike”, but an alpha strike should already have killed your opponent.

Foul Imp
Foul Imp
Foul ImpSet: Stronghold
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Imp
Rarity:
C
Number:
9
Artist:
Jim Nelson
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying When Foul Imp comes into play, lose 2 life.

Constructed: B- Limited: B- MTGO: C (7th Edition)
Well, this is a decent option for suicide black, given its evasion. The thing is – is it better than all the other black cards which require you to lose your life? I doubt it, as it was hardly used when Stronghold was legal in Type 2.

Hell's Caretaker
Hell's Caretaker
Hell's CaretakerSet: Chronicles
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Hell's Caretaker
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Sandra Everingham
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Sacrifice a creature to take target creature from your graveyard and put it directly into play as though it were just summoned. Use this ability only during your upkeep.

Constructed: C Limited: B- MTGO: B-
This card and I have something in common; we’re both Legends. :D Last seen in Chronicles, then card is a little too vulnerable to be effective. Still, Johnnies will like it.

Highway Robber
Highway Robber
Highway RobberSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Mercenary
Rarity:
C
Number:
139
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Highway Robber comes into play, you gain 2 life and target opponent loses 2 life.

Constructed: C Limited: C+ MTGO: C+
A little slow to be useful, even with Skull Collector
Skull Collector
Skull CollectorSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Ogre Warrior
Rarity:
U
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, return a black creature you control to its owner's hand. 1B: Regenerate Skull Collector.
. This Mercadian Masques card is still a decent addition; just not really spectacular.

Hollow Dogs
Hollow Dogs
Hollow DogsSet: Starter 1999
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Hound
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Jeff Miracola
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Whenever Hollow Dogs attacks, it gets +2/+0 until end of turn.

Constructed: C- Limited: C MTGO: D+ (7th Edition)
Ugh! What a Dog of a card. *rimshot* Way too slow to be effective this Urza
Urza
UrzaSet: Vanguard
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Character
Rarity:
X
Number:
7
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Power:
-1
Toughness:
+10
Text:
3: Urza deals one damage to target creature or player.
’s Saga card is.

Horror of Horrors
Horror of Horrors
Horror of HorrorsSet: Legends
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
Allows caster to sacrifice a swamp to regenerate a target black creature.

Constructed: C- Limited: C MTGO: C+
Wow, this is an obscure Legends card. In a mono-black deck for multiplayer, it’s quite good, but no other deck can use this.

Hypnotic Specter
Hypnotic Specter
Hypnotic SpecterSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Specter
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying An opponent damaged by Specter must discard a card at random from his or her hand. Ignore this effect if opponent has no cards left in hand.

Constructed: B+ Limited: B+ MTGO: A+
Ah, finally, the poser Abyssal is gone and THE Specter, Hippie, is back. Last seen in Fourth Edition, it is faced with this question: can it survive without its best friend 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.
, which is unlikely to ever be reprinted. Of course, this card was also unlikely to be reprinted, yet is has been. Expect this card to initially be a chase rare in MTGO, until playtesting concludes whether or not this card can survive with the black boon.

(post 6-30 edit) We just had word that 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.
will be available in MTGO when they release Mirage, the fourth greatest expansion ever in December. You’ll only be able to play this combo in Online Classic tourneys, but this combo will ensure that Online Classic gets played, thus I have to rate this card A+ in MTGO)

Mindslicer
Mindslicer
MindslicerSet: Odyssey
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Horror
Rarity:
R
Number:
149
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
4
Toughness:
3
Text:
When Mindslicer is put into a graveyard from play, each player discards his or her hand.

Constructed: C+ Limited: C MTGO: C (Odyssey)
This card wasn’t used much, but if Wisdom decks and Black beatdown become tourney mainstays, this card may just find some playtime. Kudos for its addition.

Mortivore
Mortivore
MortivoreSet: Odyssey
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Lhurgoyf
Rarity:
R
Number:
152
Artist:
Anthony S. Waters
Power:
*
Toughness:
*
Text:
Mortivore's power and toughness are each equal to the number of creature cards in all graveyards. B: Regenerate Mortivore.

Constructed: C+ Limited: B MTGO: C+ (Odyssey)
It doesn’t have evasion, and it doesn’t trample, but makes for a decent fattie for black. I’d call that a wash. Expect the CS prices for this MTGO card to be cut in half, if not more.

Nantuko Husk
Nantuko Husk
Nantuko HuskSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie Insect
Rarity:
C
Number:
159
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Sacrifice a creature: Nantuko Husk gets +2/+2 until end of turn.

Constructed: C+ Limited: B MTGO: C (Onslaught
Onslaught
OnslaughtSet: Exodus
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Number:
92
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Text:
Whenever you successfully cast a creature spell, tap target creature.
)
Totally superior to Scathe Zombies
Scathe Zombies
Scathe ZombiesSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombies
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Jesper Myrfors
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
, this zombie will bug your opponent, especially in Limited, just like it did in OLS.

Phyrexian Gargantua
Phyrexian Gargantua
Phyrexian GargantuaSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
6
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Horror
Rarity:
U
Number:
48
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
When Phyrexian Gargantua comes into play, you draw two cards and you lose 2 life.

Constructed: C Limited: C+ MTGO: C- (Apocalypse
Apocalypse
ApocalypseSet: Tempest
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
L. A. Williams
Text:
Remove all permanents from the game. Discard your hand.
)
Black doesn’t mind card drawing; it just wants it quicker. Not good in drawing cards, and not good as a creature, expect this card to do nothing but lower the price for Apocalypse
Apocalypse
ApocalypseSet: Tempest
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
L. A. Williams
Text:
Remove all permanents from the game. Discard your hand.
MTGO versions.

Razortooth Rats
Razortooth Rats
Razortooth RatsSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Rat
Rarity:
C
Number:
153
Artist:
Brian Horton
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Razortooth Rats can't be blocked except by artifact creatures and black creatures.

Constructed: C- Limited: C- MTGO: D- (7th Edition)
Totally owned by Nezumi Cutthroat
Nezumi Cutthroat
Nezumi CutthroatSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Rat Warrior
Rarity:
C
Number:
128
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Fear Nezumi Cutthroat can't block.
, this Weatherlight reject will never be used.

Sengir Vampire
Sengir Vampire
Sengir VampireSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Vampire
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Anson Maddocks
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
FlyingVampire gets a +1/+1 counter each time a creature dies during a turn in which Vampire damaged it.

Constructed: C+ Limited: B MTGO: C (Torment
Torment
TormentSet: Stronghold
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
23
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Text:
Enchanted creature gets -3/-0.
)
I remember when this card was a bomb. Then again, it 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.
to help it along. I don’t think Black’s stock is that much improved since Torment
Torment
TormentSet: Stronghold
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
23
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Text:
Enchanted creature gets -3/-0.
. Let’s just hope that it either has new artwork, or gets the old artwork from Alpha days back somehow.

(post 6-30 edit) As mentioned before, 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.
will be available for Online Classic tourneys, but I don’t see this use for 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.
being nearly as popular, aside from a few casual vampire decks.

Will-o'-the-Wisp
Constructed: C+ Limited: B- MTGO: B+
Hey little guy, welcome back. Fourth Edition seems so long ago. Looks like Black gets some defensive power here. If you need chumpblockers, few are better than the Wisp.

Yawgmoth Demon
Yawgmoth Demon
Yawgmoth DemonSet: Antiquities
Cost:
6
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Demon
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Sandra Everingham
Power:
6
Toughness:
6
Text:
Flying, first strikeDuring your upkeep, choose one of your artifacts in play and place it in the graveyard, or Yawgmoth Demon becomes tapped and deals 2 points of damage to you. Artifact creatures destroyed this way may not be regenerated.

Constructed: C+ Limited: C+ MTGO: B-
Too bad Mirrodin is going away soon; this Antiquities card, last seen in Chronicles, could have used the boost. Looks like this card will see play only by grateful Johnnies.


Looks like Black got some goodies. Expect MBC to not miss a step as we wait for Ravnica.

*All 9th Edition information is accurate as of the time of writing, which was completed on June 27, 2005.


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