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This is simply great card design. Feed the source of his strength and trample makes him very relevant. I can easily see a mill deck in standard running this.
Posted By: .Blaze. (9/22/2011 10:35:33 PM)
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What's the deal with people talking about cards like Noxious Revival and Wreath of Gheists?

You do realize that, when you play this card, you will only see every third card of your deck?

I currently have a Standard-legal deck that I play at home with my friends that includes Splinterfright. I have not seen a single post on here that regards my unique playstyle.

EVERYTHING has to have a purpose in the graveyard - especially if you're milling everything anyway. There is no room for chances, no room to leave cards that you cannot get anything for. Milling Noxious Revival means that you've guaranteed yourself 1 less possible power and toughness.

Let's not forget about...

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Posted By: Diamondragan (6/15/2012 7:56:31 PM)
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@Neural_Blaze

You just named all the cards I've been using this guy with as my win-con, congrats. xD
Posted By: Mirran_Savior (10/25/2011 9:46:30 PM)
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@infernox10: but then you'll just mill it away again before you draw it next turn, so you need some card draw to get that card into hand. otherwise it's completely pointless.

this guy is one of my favourite cards from innistrad, and i have really high hopes for him in standard.
Posted By: TEA_DEMON (11/15/2011 5:02:00 PM)
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A hilarious play happened the other day. My opponent threw one onto the field with exactly two creatures in the yard. They were both Llanowar Elves that were sacrificed with the intention of fueling this guy. And as luck would have it, I had Surgical Extraction in my hand. I don't think I need to explain what immediately happened next.
Posted By: Totema (12/11/2011 1:40:56 AM)
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Creature - Lhurgoyf Elemental
Posted By: adrian.malacoda (5/9/2012 11:21:30 PM)
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@JFM2796

I had a play just like that. I was running a slightly modified version of the grave power intro deck at my last FNM. My opponent was running red, and on her turn, she attacked me with everything she had. I had a Ghoultree and a Splinterfright on the field, but I didn't block. She knocked me down to 3 life. She was still at 20, but at this point, she was also tapped out. On my turn, I drew a wreath of geists, pumped my Splinterfright from 8/8 to 16/16 and swung for lethal.

Expletives were involved.

@Diamondragan

That's the strategy I run now. Everything in my deck is either designed to let me discard cards, or designed to capitalize off of the cards I discarded. I consistently mill myself out by turn 15.
Posted By: OrangeAir (8/12/2012 1:16:57 PM)
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So made a self mill deck. Popped in four of these to help with the milling. The idea, of course, is to win off of Laboratory Maniac.
They're more like an alternative wincon now because Splinterfright beats so much face it isn't funny. Good heavens.
Posted By: MyrBattlecube (8/16/2012 11:25:33 PM)
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With Golgari's new Scavenge keyword, I have a feeling this guy will see some serious improvements.
Also, Grisly Salvage (When it comes to Gatherer, it'll work.)
Posted By: infernox10 (9/5/2012 12:44:18 AM)
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The one thing I'm confused about is how it tramples. I'm not arguing, but it just seems odd given the art.
Posted By: VirusVescichetta (9/7/2012 9:23:12 PM)
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@DiamondDragon: Who said anything about Noxious Revival and/or Wreath of Geists?? I'm not trying to be be a jerk, it's just that, well.. I searched the entire page and besides your posting, I didn't see the words Noxious OR Wreath used once? I know, I know- They were thinkin it so before it could be said, you stepped up and shut it DOWN, huh bro.. LoL! xD Well done and well said cause, I completely agree with your logic!

@SonorHC: But isn't the point of this guy to get AND keep your graveyard full? Play that other dude and you're actually hurting Sprite. But at the same time, building your army.. Hmmm. I think I may agree with you more than I originally thought I disagreed, haha.. But, there's got to be better "duos" than the aforementioned.

*I would bet on this guy here being the MVP in the right BlueGreen or BlueGreenBlack deck. Personally, I'd keep it straight U/G too. At least within the set/block. Cause quite frankly, in block, none other than ... (see all)
Posted By: Mike-C (3/2/2014 1:52:07 AM)
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crypt incursion offers a neat counter
Posted By: HalfcowMan (2/2/2014 11:22:31 PM)
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I have this one in a BG Varolz, the Scar-Striped scavenge aggro deck. It feeds the graveyard with more creatures to scavenge (Death's Shadow and Phyrexian Dreadnought), and trample ensures that he'll punch through if it's big enough. And when I dump a chunk of my library into my graveyard via Hermit Druid, he gets huge fast.
Posted By: TheShadow344 (9/27/2013 11:27:42 AM)
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Synergizes great with the gruul's bloodrush mechanic. Uncounterable pump spell that puts a creature into the gy as well.
Posted By: Stevenbutts (3/30/2013 11:55:25 PM)
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They shouldve given him shroud, then this ug selfmill archetype they pushed so hard wouldnt blow
Posted By: patronofthesound (3/6/2013 11:55:17 PM)
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Nice design, but he would make more sense as a Black creature.
Posted By: Blackworm_Bloodworm (1/17/2013 2:08:24 AM)
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awesome card going to make a deck based around him, ghoultree, laboratory maniac and faithless looting
Posted By: 9headedhydra (11/25/2012 7:17:33 PM)
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Sweet, another Lhurgoyf-like creature to play with. Pretty good synergy with Ghoultree, Grisly Salvage, Tracker's Instinct and a crap-ton of other stuff in Standard.
Posted By: Continue (11/17/2012 2:33:16 PM)
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Golgari decks are now IN!
Since RTR gave us such brilliant cards as Lotleth Troll, Deathrite Shaman, and Grisly Salvage, it's entirely plausible to get a 6/6 or 7/7 beatstick on the field by turn 3 or 4!
Dump 2 or 3 creatures to Lotleth Troll, jumpstarting your graveyard count, Grisly Salvage some more creatures in there, and use Deathrite Shaman to ramp some unneeded lands in the grave into more Boneyard Wurms or Splinterfrights!
We also got Jarad, Golgari Lich Lord to feed off the resulting mill, and even as a sac engine for massive bulk damage!
5/5 for his newfound prowess in Ravnica!
EDIT: As a quick aside, let's not forget the benefit of splashing blue for a couple copies of Forbidden Alchemy and Artful Dodge! And with that, a fatties best friend is a lategame land called "Rogue's Passage"!
Posted By: ZestuXIII (11/4/2012 2:15:12 PM)
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The one thing I'm confused about is how it tramples. I'm not arguing, but it just seems odd given the art.
Posted By: VirusVescichetta (9/7/2012 9:23:12 PM)
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