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Pernicious Deed from 'Magic: The Gathering - Conspiracy'

Perniciuos Deed from "Conspiracy"
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One of Magic: The Gathering's most iconic and powerful multicolored enchantments, Pernicious Deed, is being reprinted in Wizards of the Coast's upcoming expert expansion set Conspiracy.

Pernicious Deed - 1BG
Enchantment (Mythic Rare)
X, Sacrifice Pernicious Deed: Destroy each artifact, creature, and enchantment with converted mana cost of X or less.
"Yawgmoth," Freyalise whispered as she set the bomb, "now you will pay for your treachery."

Originally printed as a rare in Apocalypse, Pernicious Deed allows black and green players who typically don't have access to mass removal spells to devastate the battlefield and generate an overwhelming amount of card advantage. Pernicious Deed recently saw spell form in the shape of Gaze of Granite, and when you compare the two the difference between power levels really stands out. Perncious Deed comes down early, affecting the way your opponent plays the game and can be activated at any time. A large Gaze of Granite is harder to pull off, and as a sorcery it can't strategically take out an enemy's Mutavualt during the combat step before blockers are declared.

Abusing Pernicious Deed is fun and downright dirty. A first turn Thoughtseize or Duress will knock out late game threats out of your rival's hand. Just simply allow your opponent to cast their early threats while you ramp up your lands with cards such Farseek instead of mana creatures like Elvish Mystic and wipe the battlefield clean.

Because Pernicious Deed allows you to control the casting cost of permanents destroyed, playing with large threats helps mitigate the chances of them being caught in the ruinous aftermath. Creatures that regenerate such as Lotleth Troll, Thrun, the Last Troll, and of course Perncious Deed's old tango partner Spiritmonger are fantastic additions to any deck attempting to abuse this amazing enchantment. You'll be able to wipe out your adversary's side of the battlefield and attack unopposed.

How will you use Pernicious Deed?

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