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I decided it was time to do something different. Seeing as how most of the cards I review tend to “suck in Constructed”, and I am a Limited specialist, I have decided to stick with Limited reviews, and comment on other formats as needed. As I have never really decided what a Grade means in Limited, I decided to formalize it

A: You put this card in your deck, period.
B: If you play this color, you play with this card. The more B’s in a color, the more likely you’ll choose that color for your deck.
C: Run-of-the-mill card, one you will probably use IF you use that color, but not a card that would make you decide to use that color.
D: A very bad card, which you play only if you were rare-drafting and need to get to the requisite 40.
F: So bad you should never, EVER, play it.

Blood Funnel
Blood Funnel
Blood FunnelSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
77
Artist:
Thomas M. Baxa
Text:
Noncreature spells you play cost 2 less to play. Whenever you play a noncreature spell, counter that spell unless you sacrifice a creature.

Grade: D
In Limited? 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.

Brainspoil
Brainspoil
BrainspoilSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
78
Artist:
Tomas Giorello
Text:
Destroy target creature that isn’t enchanted. It can’t be regenerated. Transmute 1BB (1BB, Discard this card: Search your library for a card with the same converted mana cost as this card, reveal it, and put it into your hand. Then shuffle your library. Play only as a sorcery.)

Grade: C+
Well, if you have no other creature destruction you’d play it. But if you have other choices, you keep it in the sideboard.

Carrion Howler
Carrion Howler
Carrion HowlerSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie Wolf
Rarity:
U
Number:
79
Artist:
John Zeleznik
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Pay 1 life: Carrion Howler gets +2/-1 until end of turn.

Grade: C+
Looks OK, but my opponents often help me by using it, so don’t overly rely on it.

Clinging Darkness
Clinging Darkness
Clinging DarknessSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
C
Number:
80
Artist:
Glen Angus
Text:
Enchant creature Enchanted creature gets -4/-1.

Grade: B-
I was amazed at all it could kill, so I would definitely try to include this in my deck.

Dark Confidant
Dark Confidant
Dark ConfidantSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Wizard
Rarity:
R
Number:
81
Artist:
Ron Spears
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, reveal the top card of your library and put that card into your hand. You lose life equal to its converted mana cost.

Grade: C-
Are you suicidal? Don’t play this unless you got shafted, getting nothing but weenies. Even then, GG.

Darkblast
Darkblast
DarkblastSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
82
Artist:
Randy Gallegos
Text:
Target creature gets -1/-1 until end of turn. Dredge 3 (If you would draw a card, instead you may put exactly three cards from the top of your library into your graveyard. If you do, return this card from your graveyard to your hand. Otherwise, draw a card.)

Grade: B-
It can kill a lot, surprisingly, so it’s very nice filler.

Dimir House Guard
Dimir House Guard
Dimir House GuardSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Skeleton
Rarity:
C
Number:
83
Artist:
John Zeleznik
Power:
2
Toughness:
3
Text:
Fear Sacrifice a creature: Regenerate Dimir House Guard. Transmute 1BB (1BB, Discard this card: Search your library for a card with the same converted mana cost as this card, reveal it, and put it into your hand. Then shuffle your library. Play only as a sorcery.)

Grade: B-
It’s fear on a fairly study creature. It’s far better in Draft when you are less likely to face black blockers.

Dimir Machinations
Dimir Machinations
Dimir MachinationsSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
84
Artist:
Greg Staples
Text:
Look at the top three cards of target player’s library. Remove any number of those cards from the game, then put the rest back in any order. Transmute 1BB (1BB, Discard this card: Search your library for a card with the same converted mana cost as this card, reveal it, and put it into your hand. Then shuffle your library. Play only as a sorcery.)

Grade: C
Improve your draws, or help your Dimiring. Fair, but I’d only play it in Dimir.

Disembowel
Disembowel
DisembowelSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
85
Artist:
Chengo McFlingers
Text:
Destroy target creature with converted mana cost X.

Grade: B-
If you get it, you play it. I think R&D really hated creatures in this set, with all the kill cards they gave black in Ravnica.

Empty the Catacombs
Empty the Catacombs
Empty the CatacombsSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
86
Artist:
Mark A. Nelson
Text:
Each player returns all creature cards from his or her graveyard to his or her hand.

Grade: C
I wouldn’t bother unless you have lots of ways to destroy your opponent’s graveyard?

Golgari Thug
Golgari Thug
Golgari ThugSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Warrior
Rarity:
U
Number:
87
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
When Golgari Thug is put into a graveyard from play, put target creature card in your graveyard on top of your library. Dredge 4 (If you would draw a card, instead you may put exactly four cards from the top of your library into your graveyard. If you do, return this card from your graveyard to your hand. Otherwise, draw a card.)

Grade: B-
NEVER play this in the early game, but it’s very nice insurance.

Helldozer
Helldozer
HelldozerSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
6
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie Giant
Rarity:
R
Number:
88
Artist:
Zoltan Boros & Gabor Szikszai
Power:
6
Toughness:
5
Text:
BBB, T: Destroy target land. If that land is nonbasic, untap Helldozer.

Grade: B
It’s a solid beatstick, and has a fair ability. Not bad. Too bad it doesn’t trample.

Hex
Hex
HexSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
6
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
89
Artist:
Michael Sutfin
Text:
Destroy six target creatures.

Grade: C-
Sometimes useful in Limited, but I’d keep it in the side, as sometimes finding six to kill can be a tall order.

Hunted Horror
Hunted Horror
Hunted HorrorSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Horror
Rarity:
R
Number:
90
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Power:
7
Toughness:
7
Text:
Trample When Hunted Horror comes into play, put two 3/3 green Centaur creature tokens with protection from black into play under target opponent’s control.

Grade: D
You need Perish
Perish
PerishSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
148
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Text:
Destroy all green creatures. They can't be regenerated.
or Brand
Brand
BrandSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
176
Artist:
Donato Giancola
Text:
Gain control of all permanents you own.Cycling 2 (You may pay 2 and discard this card from your hand to draw a card. Play this ability as an instant.)
to make it work, and neither are available, so forget it.

Infectious Host
Infectious Host
Infectious HostSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie
Rarity:
C
Number:
91
Artist:
rk post
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
When Infectious Host is put into a graveyard from play, target player loses 2 life.

Grade: C-
It’s an OK chumpblocker, but it’s nothing more than filler.

Keening Banshee
Keening Banshee
Keening BansheeSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
U
Number:
92
Artist:
Robert Bliss
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying When Keening Banshee comes into play, target creature gets -2/-2 until end of turn.

Grade: B
It’s creature destruction and flying, two things every Limited player wants, so why not use it?

Last Gasp
Last Gasp
Last GaspSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
93
Artist:
Thomas M. Baxa
Text:
Target creature gets -3/-3 until end of turn.

Grade: B
It will kill almost everything, so use it.

Mausoleum Turnkey
Mausoleum Turnkey
Mausoleum TurnkeySet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Ogre Rogue
Rarity:
U
Number:
94
Artist:
Darrell Riche
Power:
3
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Mausoleum Turnkey comes into play, return target creature card of an opponent’s choice from your graveyard to your hand.

Grade: C+
Where’s Hidden Horror
Hidden Horror
Hidden HorrorSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Horror
Rarity:
U
Number:
137
Artist:
Clint Langley
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
When Hidden Horror comes into play, choose and discard a creature card from your hand. If you don't, sacrifice Hidden Horror.
when you need it? If worked around, could be OK, but 3/2 isn’t that impressive.

Moonlight Bargain
Moonlight Bargain
Moonlight BargainSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
95
Artist:
Nick Percival
Text:
Look at the top five cards of your library. For each card, put that card into your graveyard unless you pay 2 life. Then put the rest into your hand.

Grade: C
I guess, if you got an awful lot of “Raise Dead
Raise Dead
Raise DeadSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Jeff A. Menges
Text:
Bring one creature from your graveyard to your hand.
” effects, it might work, but seems rather expensive.

Mortipede
Mortipede
MortipedeSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Insect
Rarity:
C
Number:
96
Artist:
Dave Dorman
Power:
4
Toughness:
1
Text:
2G: All creatures able to block Mortipede this turn do so.

Grade: C-
I was killing these all the time at the prerelease, as the 1 toughness makes it severely overrated.

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Thirst
ThirstSet: Mirage
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Roger Raupp
Text:
When Thirst comes into play, tap enchanted creature.During your upkeep, pay U or bury Thirst.Enchanted creature does not untap during its controller's untap phase.

Grade: C+
If you have plenty of evaders, this might just make it into your deck. There are certainly worse cards.

Necroplasm
Necroplasm
NecroplasmSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Ooze
Rarity:
R
Number:
98
Artist:
rk post
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, put a +1/+1 counter on Necroplasm. At the end of your turn, destroy each creature with converted mana cost equal to the number of +1/+1 counters on Necroplasm. Dredge 2

Grade: C-
This is a card solely for Constructed, as too many people avoid small critters in Limited, which would mean your plasm proved useless, save for a few beats.

Netherborn Phalanx
Netherborn Phalanx
Netherborn PhalanxSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
6
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Horror
Rarity:
U
Number:
99
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Power:
2
Toughness:
4
Text:
When Netherborn Phalanx comes into play, each opponent loses 1 life for each creature he or she controls. Transmute 1BB (1BB, Discard this card: Search your library for a card with the same converted mana cost as this card, reveal it, and put it into your hand. Then shuffle your library. Play only as a sorcery.)

Grade: B-
I doubt you’ll ever use its Transmute, but in Limited it’s a great way to hurt your opponent as you were both amassing your critters. Not bad.

Nightmare
Nightmare
NightmareSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
6
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Nightmare
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Melissa A. Benson
Power:
*
Toughness:
*
Text:
Flying Nightmare's power and toughness both equal the number of swamps its controller has in play.
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Grade: C-
Overcosted, regardless of the format.

Ribbons of Night
Ribbons of Night
Ribbons of NightSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
101
Artist:
Ron Spears
Text:
Ribbons of Night deals 4 damage to target creature and you gain 4 life. If U was spent to play Ribbons of Night, draw a card.

Grade: B
Creature destruction is always useful, and with blue you come out ahead. Not bad.

Roofstalker Wight
Roofstalker Wight
Roofstalker WightSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie
Rarity:
C
Number:
102
Artist:
Puddnhead
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
1U: Roofstalker Wight gains flying until end of turn.

Grade: C+
It’s a decent early creature, but would it have even hurt for it to have non-activated flying?

Sadistic Augermage
Sadistic Augermage
Sadistic AugermageSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Wizard
Rarity:
C
Number:
103
Artist:
Nick Percival
Power:
3
Toughness:
1
Text:
When Sadistic Augermage is put into a graveyard from play, each player puts a card from his or her hand on top of his or her library.

Grade: D
Its fragile, and you hurt yourself when it dies, so why?

Sewerdreg
Sewerdreg
SewerdregSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
C
Number:
104
Artist:
Joel Thomas
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Swampwalk Sacrifice Sewerdreg: Remove target card in a graveyard from the game.

Grade: B-
In Limited, with Golgari and Dimir around, that swampwalk could be quite crucial, even if otherwise it’s overcosted.

Shred Memory
Shred Memory
Shred MemorySet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
105
Artist:
Hideaki Takamura
Text:
Remove up to four target cards in a single graveyard from the game. Transmute 1BB (1BB, Discard this card: Search your library for a card with the same converted mana cost as this card, reveal it, and put it into your hand. Then shuffle your library. Play only as a sorcery.)

Grade: C-
Useful against Dredge
Dredge
DredgeSet: Invasion
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
103
Artist:
Donato Giancola
Text:
Sacrifice a creature or land.Draw a card.
, and the Transmute isn’t bad.

Sins of the Past
Sins of the Past
Sins of the PastSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
6
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
106
Artist:
Jeremy Jarvis
Text:
Until end of turn, you may play target instant or sorcery card in your graveyard without paying its mana cost. If that card would be put into your graveyard this turn, remove it from the game instead. Remove Sins of the Past from the game.

Grade: D+
What would you use this on? This is for Johnnies who love Prophecy
Prophecy
ProphecySet: Homelands
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Text:
Reveal the top card of target opponent's library to all players. If it is a land, gain 1 life. That opponent then shuffles his or her library. Draw a card at the beginning of the next turn's upkeep.
’s Winds.

Stinkweed Imp
Stinkweed Imp
Stinkweed ImpSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Imp
Rarity:
C
Number:
107
Artist:
Edward P. Beard, Jr.
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying Whenever Stinkweed Imp deals combat damage to a creature, destroy that creature. Dredge 5 (If you would draw a card, instead you may put exactly five cards from the top of your library into your graveyard. If you do, return this card from your graveyard to your hand. Otherwise, draw a card.)

Grade: B-
Flying is always useful, and it being able to kill almost anything helps.

Strands of Undeath
Strands of Undeath
Strands of UndeathSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
C
Number:
108
Artist:
Dave Allsop
Text:
Enchant creature When Strands of Undeath comes into play, target player discards two cards. B: Regenerate enchanted creature.

Grade: C
Discard is seldom useful in Limited, but being able to regenerate helps, so it’s halfway decent filler, especially with Stinky.

Thoughtpicker Witch
Thoughtpicker Witch
Thoughtpicker WitchSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Wizard
Rarity:
C
Number:
109
Artist:
Pete Venters
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
1, Sacrifice a creature: Look at the top two cards of target opponent’s library, then remove one of them from the game.

Grade: C+
Useful with Dimir, as you can sac a critter about to die anyways to do some intelligent milling. Very good anti-Top tech.

Undercity Shade
Undercity Shade
Undercity ShadeSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Shade
Rarity:
U
Number:
110
Artist:
Dana Knutson
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Fear B: Undercity Shade gets +1/+1 until end of turn.

Grade: C
I’d keep this in the sideboard, especially since two of the RAV guilds have black. It’s much better in booster, when you might be able to go mono-black and make the fear and pumping a beating.

Vigor Mortis
Vigor Mortis
Vigor MortisSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
111
Artist:
Dan Scott
Text:
Return target creature card from your graveyard to play. If G was spent to play Vigor Mortis, that creature comes into play with a +1/+1 counter on it.

Grade: C+
That +1/+1 counter can be very useful, making this a nice trick for your Limited deck.

Vindictive Mob
Vindictive Mob
Vindictive MobSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
6
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Berserker
Rarity:
U
Number:
112
Artist:
Wayne Reynolds
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
When Vindictive Mob comes into play, sacrifice a creature. Vindictive Mob can’t be blocked by Saprolings.

Grade: C-
Are Saproling
Saproling
SaprolingSet: Phyrexia vs. The Coalition
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Saproling
Rarity:
C
Number:
3
Artist:
Warren Mahy
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
s actually going to be that big of a threat? I don’t think so, making this overcosted filler.

Woebringer Demon
Woebringer Demon
Woebringer DemonSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Demon
Rarity:
R
Number:
113
Artist:
Daren Bader
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Flying At the beginning of each player’s upkeep, that player sacrifices a creature. If the player can’t, sacrifice Woebringer Demon.

Grade: C
Has to be built around, but that’s not impossible. Does give Golgari a reason to fool with Saproling
Saproling
SaprolingSet: Phyrexia vs. The Coalition
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Saproling
Rarity:
C
Number:
3
Artist:
Warren Mahy
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
s.

In short, Black will be overly drafted and played, due to all the critter destruction it provides. Thus, Swamp
Swamp
SwampSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add B to your mana pool.
walkers should be revered and 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.
critters will probably be worthless.

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