A Dark Ritual replacement

Discussion in 'General CPA Stuff' started by Wizard2000, Mar 7, 2000.

  1. Wizard2000 New Member

    Well... Ritual is gone from extended and I'm about 100% certain it won't be reprinted in any future sets. I had originally thought this was a horrible thing, but as the shock settles and I look at what changes it will make... I think it was a good move.

    Ritual may be gone, but we need something to replace it! The key to the ritual was the blazing speed. First turn Necro and Negators are not very fun to play against... so we need a slower NOT weaker Ritual.

    What about this :

    Intense Ritual - Common
    B1
    Instant
    Remove Intense Ritual from the game and get BBB or BBBB.
    Flavor Text : Uhm.. yeah.

    This card would be nearly impossible to cast on turn 1. It would also give you the option of taking BBB instead of BBBB if you are at risk of taking mana burn from the extra B.

    Feel free to tell me what you think.
  2. Gumby Khan New Member

    Pretty good, but we need the black flavor in it, too. Sacrifice. How about;

    Intense Ritual - Common
    B1
    Instant
    Choose one; Lose 4 life; put BBBB in your mana pool or Sacrifice a creature; put BBB in your mana pool
    Flavor Text : Ouch! That hurts, but I kinda like it..."
  3. Wizard2000 New Member

    Uhm... I don't think that would work.. too much of a negative.
  4. Wizard2000 New Member

    How about this?

    Intense Ritual
    B1
    Choose one :
    Add BB2 to your mana pool (doubles the input casting cost)
    OR
    Sacrifice a creature and add BBBB to your mana pool

    If someone used it to play Necro they would lose one life unless they found a B cost weenie. It could also be used for Juzam (like we have those) and other BB2 creatures. Oh well :)
  5. arhar Member

    Hmm.. I think Intense Ritual is not really weaker than Dark Ritual.. C'mon - first turn Swamp + Mox Diamond...
  6. Chaos Turtle Demiurgic CPA Member, Admin Assistant

    Uhm, arhar, Swamp-Mox Diamond uses 3 cards, not even counting the Ritual. That's huge.
    If Dark Ritual gets left out of future standalones, expect it to be replaced with a BB for B instant, or a BBB for B1. A modal version might be interesting, but very unlikely.
  7. Dune Echo CPA Founder, Idea Man

    Hey Wizard2000, hate to burst your bubble, but one of your versions has already been made. The sacrifice one is called Culling the Weak from Exodus.
  8. Wizard2000 New Member

    Yeah yeah.. I knew that. [IMG]

    How about this all you unsatisfied CPA members? :)

    Gradual Ritual
    B1
    Add BBB to your mana pool.
    Add B to your mana pool for each Gradual Ritual card in all graveyards.
    Flavor text : The great wizard reached the climax of the incantation, then promptly imploded.
  9. oh! I like the gradual ritual!
  10. Duel Has Less Posts Than Spiderman

    I would prefer a card like this:
    Night Incantations
    BB
    Instant
    Add BBB to your mana pool. When Night incantations is cast, you may sacrifice any number of permanents. Add B to your mana pool for each permanent sacrificed this way.


    But, because the secret to black is speed, I'd prefer one like

    Whiplash
    B
    Instant
    Sacrifice a swamp to add BBB to your mana pool.
  11. Wizard2000 New Member

    Duel.. they banned the ritual to eliminate first turn negators and first turn necro. Your ritual replacement would counter everything they did. :)

    Nice thought though!
  12. Gumby Khan New Member

    Hey, I like your Gradual Ritual, kinda mimics the Kindle/Accumalated Knowledge instants. I think though it should read;

    Gradual Ritual
    B
    Add BB to your mana pool and an additional
    B for each Gradual Ritual card in all graveyards.
    Flavor text : The mage started slow, but with much sweat and perserverance, he managed to summon the elusive Plague Beetle!

    IMHO (oooh, Yellowjacket, I finally used it, too!) :)
  13. Wizard2000 New Member

    I like your idea better Gumby. I think that would be a cool card. You could use that for the Skittering Skirge on turn 1. Not as mean as the negator, but still leaves Black in a speed position. It would not allow first turn Necro which is always good!
  14. GreenGiant New Member

    Why dont you just forget the hole damn card and get kyrin toys or some other land that can produce alot of mana (not on first turn though)
  15. Ophidian New Member

    Personally, I've always thought Culling the Weak was better than dark ritual. But when I saw Preist of Gix for the first time, it was final. Culling the Weak rules with priest
  16. Gryphonclaw New Member

    Okay, when I read the first version of gradual ritual I immediately thought of Gumby's version, I like it, and I don't play black.

    Culling of the weak is a good version of dark ritual, not really better, but great variation.

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