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Cemetery Reaper works both with and against.
Posted By: roguepariah (7/10/2011 5:55:22 PM)
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I have a grave feeder deck using Mesmeric Orb. It struggles sometimes with defense. This guy fixes that problem and since the crux of the deck is Mesmeric Orb, I never actually draw him. He is ALWAYS in my graveyard.
Posted By: A0602 (7/7/2011 3:56:25 PM)
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Interesting card - not a bad combat creature, and it can return later for more combat while destroying something in the process. If not used in Standard (maybe in Mono-black control), this fella probalby has a home in Commander where creatures that can comeback AND have a trigger when doing so are always welcome.

What may stand out the most is that this guy's Eygptian theme... very strange... I don't think we've seen anything like that since Arabian Nights. Maybe a hint at what is to come?
Posted By: Radagast (7/21/2011 11:12:19 AM)
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Retuuuurrnnn the Sllaaaab, or suffer my cuuuurrse.
Posted By: Firevamps (7/22/2011 11:57:53 AM)
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notice you don't even need to have any swamps like in snuff out or spliced horobi's whisper, so you can run it in mono blue or mono green with discarding effects like fauna shaman, wild mongrel, merfolk looter etc
Posted By: don_miguel (7/8/2011 4:53:20 AM)
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You definitely get a lot out of this card. Not only is it a hefty 5/4 deathtoucher, but you can use ... say ... Merfolk Looter and continuously discard it and wipe your opponent's creatures (or just have them not attack, or whatever). Obviously something like Jund Charm or Bojuka Bog kind of hurts this card.
Posted By: JahnuB (9/2/2011 9:03:37 PM)
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"My name is DAN GREEN!"
Posted By: NatalyNeeSama (7/23/2011 1:22:00 AM)
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He's here to play the shadow game...
Posted By: Cyberium (7/7/2011 8:49:43 PM)
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You could keep discarding him with Zombie Infestation. Or Merfolk Looter. Plus, it looks much like Phylactery Lich, doesn't it?
Posted By: Lash_of_Dragonbreath (7/7/2011 7:20:34 PM)
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@Arach Of all the cards in magic this doesn't stand out any more thenAli from Cairo or the hundreds of other cards from folklore and mythology. have you noticed a bunch of humans showing up in a few sets? :D
Posted By: Serecin (7/8/2011 9:23:59 PM)
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So if someone loses the game because of this card, are they banished to The Shadow Realm?
Posted By: TheWallinator74 (11/18/2013 10:57:07 PM)
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Anyone notice his hat is Nicol Bolas's?
Sweeeeet. He's homies with the most badass being in the multiverse.

4.5/5 just for this little tidbit.
Posted By: FlingIt (11/9/2013 4:36:07 PM)
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@ EternalPhi

psst, your wrong. First strike damage and normal combat damage are two different steps. So you can get hit with a 5/5 Double strike and Kill it before it gets its second strike, or hit with a 1/1 First strike, and kill the 8/8 that doesn't have first strike thats still on its way at you.
Posted By: Rancid_Raptor (7/11/2013 5:32:23 PM)
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Sure you could keep him in the 'yard forever, but consider: a 5/4 for CMC 5 is not bad. A recurring 5/4 is awesome.
Posted By: Salient (5/26/2013 10:47:09 PM)
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This guy's pretty good removal. Maybe outclassed in a lot of formats, but in EDH he's a beast. If you really need to draw, you can always not play him.
Posted By: Haplo81 (3/30/2013 8:04:12 PM)
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If you can consistently mill him off the top of your library he's gold. Even one pharaoh is enough to deter some (assuming they're paying attention to your graveyard). More often than not, opponents unwittingly run right into him .
Posted By: MRK1 (1/9/2013 2:43:46 PM)
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Entomb him for a removal early on in the game.
Posted By: Arachnos (8/9/2012 8:36:11 PM)
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Remember Spellshapers?

mana, tap, discard something to do whatever? This guy might actually give Squee a run for his money.
Posted By: Barjin-N-Blastum (7/25/2012 1:51:39 PM)
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Well, I have tried him out in my Mikaeus EDH deck. It's semi-reanimator, so I have a lot of dumps. Vengeful Pharaoh is a little off. Five mana for a 5/4 Deathtouch is pretty cool, undoubtedly. Unfortunately, the effect never served me that well. In EDH, everything seems to have some form of omni-present blockage from it. Either they seem to have Shroud/Hexproof, are indestructible, have Undying/Persist or they are a creature that you really can't afford to get hit by (like most Commanders).

Then, there are a load of cards that fill in the 5cmc slots in EDH, and more than that, there are a load of staples that would go in.

So yeah, pretty horrid in EDH.

Looking at Modern, however, it still has that problem of being outclassed. If you can somehow fit it in to Dredge over all of the other marvelous choices, you're probably not thinking about the construction properly.

There may be a spot for it in Standard, but then, is using it's effect to kill an Insectile Aberration really what you... (see all)
Posted By: OmegaReborn (5/31/2012 4:12:58 AM)
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no1 seems to mention the lack of a "may" clause on this card. vs maybe 1/10+ decks this guy can lock you down each turn only destroying gravecrawler or a token and never drawing any cards 3,5/5 from me. 4,5/5 as a sideboard option though.
Posted By: rawsugar (5/19/2012 2:01:59 AM)
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