This entry is part 16 of 37 in the series Generally Speaking

By Imshan AKA Sinis

There is a class of card in Magic I like to think of as ‘extortion’ cards.  These cards give opponents a choice, usually between two negative outcomes of differing varieties.  Perhaps the most famous extortion card is Browbeat.  Browbeat gives an opponent the option of losing 5 life.  If they decline, the Browbeat player draws 3 cards.  It should be noted that either of these effects are powerful for Browbeat’s inexpensive mana cost; in a duel, a burn player would be happy to gain significant ground on their opponent’s life total, or to draw more cards to find more burn cards.

Extortion cards are interesting for two reasons.  The first is that they tend to be cheap for the effects they provide.  The second is that the multiplayer dynamic entirely changes how extortion cards play out. Read the rest of this entry »