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Thoughtseize compared to this:

Pros -
Hits creatures

Cons -
Makes you lose 2 life
Costs $60 more

Duress is pretty damn cool.
Posted By: Gcrudaplaneswalker (7/13/2013 10:23:47 PM)


For one mana you can trade with a card with much higher cmc. The side effect of knowing what your opponent has is critical while playing a control shell.
Posted By: Purplerooster (7/11/2013 11:19:37 AM)


Still one of the best discard cards of all time. Not as big of a standard player, but this goes in just about every casual black deck I build, and actually still does a lot of work in Legacy. Thoughtseize has stolen a lot of its spotlight, but you want to hit combo pieces and Force of Will with that 90% of the time anyway.
Posted By: rollinsclone (7/13/2013 4:45:01 PM)


IMO, still the best discard for competitive play outside of Hymn.
Why? Because Aggro, Shocklands, Fetchlands, and Burn are things. Taking some damage is fine, but the mentality that no matter how many bleed effects you stuff into a deck is fine is flawed. This hits everything relevant: Burn spells, Planeswalkers, Removal, Tutors, Green Sun's Zenith, artifacts and equipments, and a variety of other problem cards; without allowing Zoo and Burn a free headstart. It's bad enough they have Goblin Guide punching your face before you get to play a land, don't give them an even larger head start!

You have an arsenal of kill spells/sac effects in your deck don't you? Why pay 2 life (let alone $70) to hit something you can hit anyway. Heck, you can even hit lands at a reasonable price (Pox, Smallpox.) Yeah, Game 1 vs. Zoo will be bad if this misses, but it would've been bad if you took the 2 damage anyway. It's... (see all)
Posted By: blurrymadness (7/15/2013 8:22:17 AM)


An amazing card. Can let you see your opponents hand and take care of one of their upcoming threats (especially an especially troublesome Planeswalker) even before it hits the field. I would be a little hesitant to play this in Standard with Naya Blitz and other creature orientated decks running around, but it is probably safe to have at least a couple mainboard.

Posted By: Tamerlein (7/18/2013 7:48:04 PM)


An awesome card for a common. It can rid you of the card that would have threatened your strategy or break the combo your opponent is planning. Why not Cremate that nasty little card so it's out of the picture for good?... just a thought... A black thought ;)
5/5 for elegance of design
Posted By: Phelplan (7/22/2013 10:06:32 PM)


One of the best commons in this set.
Posted By: majinara (7/11/2013 2:16:02 AM)


New flavor text on a staple card that keeps shenanigans in check.
Posted By: Overheat1478 (7/10/2013 7:19:50 PM)


I approve of the flavor text. Glad to see it back.
Posted By: MostlyLost (7/10/2013 10:10:19 PM)


This again.
Posted By: Sheoldreds_Chosen (7/10/2013 7:04:59 AM)