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This is a great common, very strong in limited and a good chance you'll be able to get your hands on at least one if you're runnign white.
Posted By: asmallcat (7/13/2009 7:03:57 AM)
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@beyondmalachi: He's not a 1/1 creature. This is just Master Decoy with a different name. It's a little more versatile than Pacifism, so I guess I'd pick this guy over the aura.
Posted By: nammertime (12/30/2009 8:40:25 AM)
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I like the tension that cards like this create in deck building. This or Pacifism?

Pacifism:
* Stops only attacking/blocking creatures.
* Takes out the best creature they have at the time you play it.
* No additional costs.
* Not easily removed.
* If removed, could seriously hurt you due to the surprise (eg. resulting in an unexpected blocker or attacker).
* No use against non-creature decks, as a chump-blocker, an extra 1/1 damage in a final swing, etc.

Blinding Mage:
* Stops attacking/blocking creatures.
* Stops creatures from using tapping abilities that can only be used as a sorcery, etc.
* Often stops creatures from using tapping abilities that have a mana cost by forcing a 'use it now or lose it' decision on the controller.
* Takes out the best creature they have at ANY time.
* When ready to 'swing for the win' you can use it to take out TWO creatures (tap one at the end of their turn, then tap another during your turn)
* Additional cost of W each use.
* Very easily removed.
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Posted By: beyond_malachi (12/23/2009 9:03:32 PM)
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Blinding Mage and Royal A.ssas.sin: best friends for life.
Posted By: CSM-101 (10/17/2009 10:28:10 PM)
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not the greatest mana cost for it's effect. similar to a pacifism, but requires a W every turn for that. Not arguing, this is amazing in limited play, especially in draft (multiples of these, assasinate, royal assasin, etc.) maybe not so much in standard though. 3.5/5
Posted By: Grimn777 (8/21/2009 6:46:21 PM)
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It makes much more sense than master decoy, and most importantly, he isn't riding a zebra.

Huge flavor upgrade on the white tapper.
Posted By: Laguz (1/13/2010 3:58:43 PM)
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Rathi Trapper
Posted By: Zuxen (6/1/2010 8:24:07 AM)
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Goldmeadow Harrier gets the job done where she's legal. This is pathetic compared to her but good in limited.
Posted By: Richard_Hawk (9/27/2010 11:48:00 PM)
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this is sick....i hate white...i mean soldiers that kill aveything .....now w tap what more they could give them
Posted By: Iiory (8/1/2009 11:52:33 PM)
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Oh boy. I always liked Master Decoy, and the flavour behind it, of distracting a creature using plain tactics. I guess everything must be magical in MtG now.
Posted By: Rotary_Fist (3/15/2012 12:40:10 AM)
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