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'Journey Into Nyx' preview week: 'Extinguish All Hope'

Could be playable in Standard mono black decks
Wizards of the Coast

This week begins the "Journey Into Nyx" previews on With that, the first previews of the set have begun to roll in. Here is one of the first cards to be previewed this week:

Extinguish All Hope - 4BB - Rare - Sorcery - Destroy all nonechantment creatures.

This high casting cost sorcery is very interesting. The last time there was a board wipe for black was "Black Sun's Zenith." While it didn't have the straightforward effect that "Extinguish All Hope" has, it was still very effective.

One thing that stands out about the new sorcery is it's casting cost. At four colorless and two black mana, this can be considered reasonably high. Remember, "Supreme Verdict" is only four mana (of various colors) and, most times, when players are finally able to cast the spell, the pressure has already been applied. At a total of six mana, will this be a problem? Maybe not as much for black mages.

This could easily make its way into Mono-Black decks with one or two copies at most. It's high casting cost will prevent more seeing play. In addition, black already has a healthy cast of supporting players in "Devour Flesh," "Hero's Downfall," and "Bile Blight." Keep in mind though, this card is quite limited because it will only destroy "nonenchantment creatures."

"Journey Into Nyx" hits stores on May 2. Prerelease events will be held the weekend of April 26 and 27. It will then be released online May 12. Finally, Game Day events will be held the weekend of May 24 and 25.

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