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Dark Ritual

Card text:

Add BBB to your mana pool.

  • Number: 55
  • Rarity: C
  • Type: Instant
  • Mana cost: B
  • Color: Black
  • Artist: Sandra Everingham
Dark Ritual
Gone but not forgotten...

written by grh51
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General description:
One casting cost for three black mana. This will be one of the top ten black cards of all time. No black deck should be with out it. It is a shame that this card has been demmed too powerful. This is the card that made black faster then all of the other colors.

It make mana for cheap. It adds speed to black decks. It is a great card.

Strategies and game play:
Simple strategies: make mana cast creatures or spells on turn one!

Combos with other cards:
No flashy combos here, just being able to get a first turn Hypnotic Specter or a Black Knight w/ Unholy Strength.

Ways to counteract it:
Can't be counted, it is a mana source

Cheap to cast, First Turn creatures, Common card, and many others.

Late in a game it may just be sitting in your hand, other then that no known weakness.

Alpha, Beta, Unlimited, Revised, 4th, 5th, Ice Age, Mirage, Tempest, Urza's Saga, Mercadian Masques, Battle Royale Box Set, Beatdown Box Set, and Duel Decks: Divine vs. Demonic.

Artwork and aesthetics:
The Ice age and original art is so cool.

Overall rating:
Simple 10 out of 10


Modified on September 13, 2014 09:33 am

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Avatar for lord_dragon
Subject:    Posted: January 3, 2012 06:28 am Reply with quote Report content icon

I totally agree with this. Very fast mana, I still use this card in almost all my black decks.
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Subject:    Posted: April 3, 2012 04:12 pm Reply with quote Report content icon

I started playing Magic between the 4th and 5th edition and I remember my first good deck was a Black one and the strategy was sacrifice. When I stopped playing, around 8-10 years ago all that deck was banished... there was good ones like the Sorceress Queen, Nightmare, Royal Assassin, Dark Knight... and always trying to get the Dark Ritual in the first hand...

I loved Magic when the power of the cards were controlled, I don't really understand why they allow this powerful cards nowadays... Dark Ritual generation is gone... but never forgotten.
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Avatar for neurocron
Subject: great card   Posted: July 22, 2012 12:07 pm Reply with quote Report content icon

I play it in many decks, really great card
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Subject: Card type   Posted: July 28, 2012 05:08 am Reply with quote Report content icon

Note it can be countered now as it is considered an instant.
Love the card!
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Subject: This Is Great   Posted: January 29, 2015 02:59 pm Reply with quote Report content icon

Was the first thing some said to me about this cards
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Subject:    Posted: June 20, 2015 08:55 pm Reply with quote Report content icon

better blacker pyretic ritual great card can be used in any black deck
(if it wernt BAAANNNNNEED)
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Subject:    Posted: October 17, 2015 09:02 pm Reply with quote Report content icon

This review shows the reviewers lack of knowledge. This review is useless in the cards applications, history, and actual usefulness.
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Subject:    Posted: September 3, 2016 06:41 am Reply with quote Report content icon

Very fast mana, I still use this card
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