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Magic: the Gathering Dark Ascension Dark Sacrifice Intro Pack

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Dark Sacrifice is one of five new Intro Packs from Wizards of the Coast's upcoming expert Magic: the Gathering expansion set Dark Ascension.

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Just like the Innistrad Intro Packs (Carnival of Blood, Deathly Dominion, Eldritch Onslaught , and Spectral Legions), each of the new Dark Ascension Intro Packs retails for an MSRP of $12.99. They feature a full 60 card deck, how to play insert, tip guide, and an unopened Dark Ascension booster pack.

Swift Justice:

"Rewards you for cleverly and mercilessly sacrificing your own Human creatures to advance your evil agenda. It's got three main parts: cards that like to sacrifice Humans, cards that reward you for sacrificing Humans, and Humans that like to be sacrificed."

The deck can have a strong start with a first turn Champion of the Parish into Gather the Townsfolk.

There are several other cards that produce token creatures, which can be conveniently sacrificed to Skirsdag Flayer to destroy your opponent's threats.

As your creatures die or are sacrificed, Village Cannibals and Unruly Mob can grow to massive proportions.

There are interactions aplenty to explore in Dark Sacrifice:

Dark Sacrifice Intro Pack deck list
Creatures (22)
1 Champion of the Parish
2 Doomed Traveler
1 Selfless Cathar
1 Dsciple of Griselbrand
1 Skirsdag Flayer
2 Unruly Mob
3 Falkenrath Torturer
2 Village Cannibals
1 Wakedancer
2 Elder Cathar
2 Galvanic Juggernaut
2 Elgaud Inquisitor
1 Mausolum Guard
1 Fiend of the Shadows
Other Spells (14)
1 Avacyn's Collar
2 Altar's Reap
3 Gather the Townsfolk
1 Gravepurge
2 Night Terrors
1 LIngering Souls
1 Demonmail Hauberk
1 Unburial Rites
2 Death's Caress
Lands (24)
1 Haunted Fengraf
11 Swamp
12 Plains

The enclosed insert suggests adding Ravenous Demon to the deck, along with Increasing Devotion to keep the demon's appetite full. Vault of the Archangel and Sorin, Lord of Innistrad are also mentioned as worthy inclusions.

Other ideas might include running Thraben Doomsayer and utility cards such as Oblvion Ring. The choices are wide open!

At just $12.99, Dark Sacrifice (along with the other four Dark Ascension Intro Packs) provides an incredible value. When you consider that a booster pack of Magic cards retails for $3.99 by itself, then you're really only paying $9 for the deck.

Dark Sacrifice embraces the darker side of Dark Ascension. There's absolutely no doubt that it captures the hopelessness that has overcome the plane of Innistrad with Avacyn gone.

Rating: 8 out of 10

Dark Ascension is the second set of three in the Innistrad block. Dark Ascension will contain 158 cards, and be released on February 3, 2012.

Dark Ascension Prerelease events will occur on January 28-29, 2012. There will be Dark Ascension Launch Parties on February 3-6, 2012. The Dark Ascension Game Day will be on March 3-4, 2012.

Find a Dark Ascension event near you.

Dark Ascension is followed by Avacyn Restored.

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Dark Ascension white card spoiler list
Dark Ascension blue card spoiler list
Dark Ascension black card spoiler list
Dark Ascension red card spoiler list
Dark Ascension green card spoiler list
Dark Ascension gold card spoiler list
Dark Ascension artifact card spoiler list
Dark Ascension land card spoiler list

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