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Desecration Demon from 'Return to Ravnica'

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Some "Magic: The Gathering" cards are absolutely awesome, however their time to shine has to wait due to the metagame. Desecration Demon from "Return to Ravnica" is one case in point where other cards (we're looking at you, Lingering Souls) kept it from stealing the spotlight. This rare, which was sitting around in bulk dollar bins for months, has quickly risen over $10 on the secondary market.

Desecration Demon - 2BB
Creature - Demon (Rare)
At the beginning of each combat, any opponent may sacrifice a creature. If a player does, tap Desecration Demon and put a +1/+1 counter on it.

Now that "Theros" is here and the "Innistrad" block has rotated, Desecration Demon can finally take center stage. In fact, Marlon Gutierrez recently used a set of Desecration Demon to win Grand Prix Dallas Fort Worth in an Orzhov Control deck.

Desecration Demon's "drawback" is that your opponent can sacrifice one of their resources to prevent it from hitting them or being able to stop a lethal attack. If they do, Desecration Demon will grow larger with a +1/+1 counter. Sooner or later your adversary is going to run out of weenies to feed it, and massive flyer will be headed their way.

Instead of looking at Desecration Demon as an attacker, look at it as an enchantment. For one mana less than Call to the Grave your opponent will have to choose between sacrificing a creature or taking six or more damage a turn. In a long attrition game, the card advantage you'll reap with Desecration Demon quickly adds up. It's just a matter of time before you take complete control over the game.

Because Desecration Demon utilizes +1/+1 counters one way to abuse it is in conjunction with Corpsejack Menace, which will also supercharge your Scavenging Ooze, Polukranos, World Eater, and Kalonian Hydra.

There's other applications for Desecration Demon too. It's downright nasty when paired with Gravepact in Commander. Also, consider this: A third turn Nightveil Specter, turn four Desecration Demon, and turn five Grey Merchant of Asphodel will result in a 14 life point swing.

What type of deck will you devote your Desecration Demon to?

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