QUICK HITS - WHAT IS THE MOST UNDERRATED REMOVAL SPELL IN STANDARD?

Posted in NEWS on April 6, 2014

By Mike Rosenberg

Mike Rosenberg is a writer and gamer and has been part of the Magic text coverage team since 2011. He joined Wizards as organized play’s content specialist in June 2014.
2011 World Championship Semifinalist Conley Woods: "Turn & Burn. I would play more if I wasn't playing five colors. If I was just Blue-Red Green or Blue-Red I'd play two or three right now. It kills Mutavaults, deals with Blood Baron of Vizkopas, and sets up a lot of two-for-ones.

 

 

No. 23 Ranked Player Eric Froehlich: "Dreadbore. It has more functionality against control decks. Every deck is very powerful, either with creatures or planeswalkers. Dreadbore deals with them either way.

 

 

Hall of Famer Brian Kibler: "Shock. Shock costs one mana, and against aggressive decks you're playing against time rather than value. Being able to kill something for one mana and play something else that same turn is valuable. You're mostly trying to buy time against a lot of those decks.

 

 

Five-time Grand Prix Top 8 competitor Ben Lundquist: ""The most underrated removal spell I think is Dimir Charm. It's like Last Breath but it can also counter things like Thoughtseize and Rakdos's Return.

 

 

No. 6 Ranked Player Shahar Shenhar: "Golgari Charm and Abrupt Decay. They are so versatile. For Golgari Charm, against Elspseth, Sun's Champion for example you can -1/-1 their team and attack in when their plan is to chump-block. It kills Underworld Connections, it can regenerate your team and it kills Detention Spheres end-of-turn. Abrupt Decay is kind of the same thing. It doesn't stop Elspeth, but it's a main-deck card since it can kill almost anything. It can kill both bestow creatures, Nighthowler and Herald of Torment.