Revealed today in an article by Chas Andres on MagicTheGathering.com, To the Slaughter is one of the newest Magic: The Gathering cards spoiled from Wizards of the Coast’s upcoming expert expansion set Shadows Over Innistrad. This rare black instant spell can help deal with your opponent’s creatures and planeswalkers. Let’s check it out:
To the Slaughter – 2B
Target player sacrifices a creature or planeswalker.
Delirium – If there are four or more card types among cards in your graveyard, instead that player sacrifices a creature and a planeswalker.
“Where has little Gossamer gone?”
-Thaniel, Gatstaf shepherd
To the Slaughter doesn’t strike your rival’s creatures as precisely as a Hero’s Downfall or Ruinous Path will. The vast majority of the time, you’ll be better off playing with a normal targeted removal spell such as Ultimate Price, Go for the Throat, or Doom Blade. What makes To the Slaughter powerful is the extra utility it provides bay allowing you the choice to also hit pesky planeswalkers too, even if it isn’t exactly a Dreadbore.
Most games a player will only control one planeswalker at a time, so To the Slaughter won’t have any troubles taking care of your rival’s Arlinn Kord or Gideon, Ally of Zendikar. Because To the Slaughter requires only one black mana in its casting cost instead of two black mana like Hero’s Downfall and Ruinous Path it’s much easier to cast in a multicolored deck.
It’s in the late game though, once you’ve managed to enable To the Slaughter’s Delerium trigger, where this spell truly shines. Of course, getting the two-for-one card advantage out of To the Slaughter requires your opponent to control both a creature and a planeswalker. But oh, what a feeling it’ll be to take out Ashiok, Nightmare Weaver and Tarmogoyf both at the same time? Yes, we’re looking forward to adding To the Slaughter to our modern decks, even if only in some sideboards.
One thing that we shouldn’t forget is that To the Slaughter can help deal with creatures that your opponent controls with Hexproof or protection from a color such as Fleecemane Lion, Sagu Mauler, or Progenitus because it doesn’t target. It also will take care of creatures that have Indestructible or Regeneration like Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger, Predator Ooze, or Lotleth Troll because they’ll have to sacrifice them. How will you use To the Slaughter? Please let us know in the comments below or by tweeting @David_Leavitt.
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