Quote from mikeyG »This is exceptional removal, and though I doubt players will lose life to it much, it's not even a terrifying drawback if the creature you're removing was going to cost you the game. Not to mention that BW is also the color combination best suited to either provide a cushion for the life loss preemptively or recoup it later.
Quote from TheOnlyOne652089 »In standard Despark is probably better overall, for what you need to hit (and as control life lose is the last you want from your removal).
In modern and older formats you just play the real 1 mana removal.
Orzhov Charm destroyed for 2 mana , but it was just barely fringe playable too.
In limited however, any form of removal is good, and instant speed is even more powerful.