Magic the Gathering Card Analysis Reap

“Reap” is a green instant spell printed as a rare for the Magic the Gathering expansion set known as “Tempest.”  So far, the card has gotten low scores on Magic the Gathering’s Gatherer website.  Reap seems to be a good sideboard against black decks.  Alone, Reap does not really seem to be that great.  Keep in mind that Tempest was printed back in late 1997.  Now, it is nearing the end of 2010.  A lot has happened between 1997 and 2010.  With the right combination of cards on the battlefield, Reap is incredibly useful.  Currently, Reap is legal in the following formats: Tempest block (Tempest, “Stronghold,” and “Exodus”), Legacy, Vintage, and EDH (Elder Dragon Highlander).  

The converted mana cost for Reap is two.  You will need one green mana and one colorless mana to play Reap.  For what Reap can do, the two mana seems to be worth it.  Since Reap is an instant spell, you can Reap at any given time during the game unless an opponent plays a spell that has Split Second.  

What does Reap do in the first place?

When Reap is played, you return up to X target cards in your graveyard to your hand.  X is equal to the number of black permanents that a target opponent controls.  If the target opponent controlled six black permanents, you can return up to six target cards from your graveyard to your hand.

The ability of Reap is simply cut and dry for the most part.  But, there is the important question to be asked: How do you get the most out of Reap?

First off, you should have the “Isochron Scepter” on hand provided if the format allows for it.  You pick Isochron Scepter and Imprint it onto the Isochron Scepter.  Thus, you can use this more than once.  It would be a “Reap on a Stick.”  As a sideboard against black decks, this becomes quite the excellent combination.  

Also, you can have “Painter’s Servant” if the format allows for it.  You play Painter’s Servant and pick black.  That means all other permanents not on the battlefield and spells are black in addition to their other colors.  That increases the number of target cards you can bring back from your graveyard.

If you also have Reap Imprinted onto the Isochron Scepter, this makes for a very good combination.  This is very good when going up graveyard removal.

Overall, Reap can be quite useful nowadays due to the cards out in print today.  Alone, this is an all right card.  But, this can be quite useful to have with the right combination of cards on the battlefield.