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I like how most of the guilds on Ravnica are concerned with power struggles and politics, whereas the Izzet were doing stuff like this to themselves just for the hell of it.
Posted By: Zulp (10/7/2010 2:56:46 PM)


This is an odd one. Not the greatest, but there's potential for this card. It's like arachibutyrophobia said, your deck must be designed for this card to fit in, but if it is, it will work very well.

Some cards I think would make the deck work are:

Spiteful visions
underworld dreams
sign in blood

forced fruition
kederekt parasite
reckless scholar

and of course, twincast would help this out quite a bit.
Imagine casting this one time after a forced fruition caused your opponent to draw seven cards, then casting it again with a twincast.

Please draw 9 cards, then take 9 damage, then draw 2 more cards, then take 11 more damage.
Posted By: Kurhan (2/1/2010 12:58:39 AM)


This card works very well for me. I play it in two separate U/R decks, and both make excellent use of it. Either use it at the end of your opponents turn for 2 cards two damage, or twincast it on your opponent for an 8 damage finisher for 5 mana, pyromancer ascension a lot of great ways to use this card. Any U/R deck that I play would almost definitely have this card, especially since I almost always bring twinscast
Posted By: Ribsublover (5/2/2010 6:29:25 PM)


I agree, at first glance this card is horrible. "Drawing two cards, and have them take two damage (three tops)? That sucks!" But as the combos stated above, it IS quite lethal. The most they would take is like 10 (because of Forced Fruition ad the their draw step. And I agree, put this combo on a Grixis deck and have fun!
Posted By: Jokergius (9/27/2009 2:48:57 PM)


Howling mine wouldn't hurt either.
Posted By: VirtueVsVice (11/28/2009 2:55:55 AM)


AWESOME with forced fruition.

Ok, you take 17 damage...and get milled =) you lose twice to the same spell
Posted By: channelblaze (7/24/2010 4:51:12 PM)


Works with opponent's Brainstorm/Jace also. If you can cast a few copies in one turn, the damage greatly magnified.

Brainstorm/Jace + turn draw + 1st Vortex = 6 damage. 2nd one 8 damage.
Posted By: Cyberium (7/28/2010 6:17:25 PM)


Temple bell works well with this...
Posted By: Mprime818 (11/3/2010 7:20:43 PM)


This card could do good in our group, my mates love drawing cards HRHR >:F
Posted By: Buderus (3/12/2011 6:35:30 PM)


Off-color Sign in Blood if you cast on your opponent's turn.
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"Brainstorm, crack Scalding Tarn, Preordain, Ancient Tomb, Show and Tell playing Omniscience, Enter the Infinite, Cunning Wish finding Release the Ants?"

"You're not going to like this."
Posted By: Hunted0Lesser (3/6/2014 2:05:08 AM)


This is a weird card. Its very feel bad, so u think you should use it on your opponents, its instant and they will take 3 damage and draw 2 cards. Not the best. But it has some awesome combo stuff too. But if u use it on yourself its the only instant divination in modern. There is Perilous Research but sometimes sac'in a permenant is more painful than damage.
Posted By: krauser-gogetthegirl (2/16/2014 11:31:43 AM)


If the instant speed on Inspiration is worth one extra mana compared to Divination, I don't see why this is bad given this is just an instant speed Sign in Blood for one more mana. Although back then card draw on the level of Phyrexian Arena and Compulsive Research (and Dark Confidant!) were the norm so this was probably underwhelming back then.
Posted By: sweetgab (8/25/2013 10:13:51 PM)


It just counters storm. It's also instant speed sign in blood, for izzet, costed 1 higher to account for instant. Which is awesome for the colors that enjoy instant speed the most.
Posted By: CogMonocle (6/22/2013 1:50:10 PM)


Step 1: Build a Pyromancer Ascension EDH deck
Step 2: Find someone who always plays their annoying mono-blue Azami EDH deck that uses Rhystic Study
Step 3: Combo out, refuse to pay the 1 for each spell
Step 4: Play this
Posted By: Superllama12 (9/11/2012 4:57:00 PM)


If you go ultimate with Jace, Memory Adept, this can deal 22 damage. Might be worth 1 card slot just for that. And if you need to, could use it on yourself at end of opponents turn.

Or as others have said, you could dedicate a casual deck to this card.
Posted By: TheWrathofShane (9/7/2012 4:38:49 AM)


Works nicely with Dragon Mage, especially in a grixis deck where you can throw in a megrim too.
Or, you could run it with Consecrated Sphinx.
Posted By: KokoshoForPresident (3/30/2012 4:13:41 PM)


For this card you really have to consider the block it was printed in. This card can combo extremely well with Tibor and Lumia, Wee Dragonauts, and Gelectrode. But with Niv-Mizzet this could hurt you just as much as your opponent. It's decent in a pinch early on when combo'd with any of the Izzet dual color critters but I would never run more than one of.

However, out of block look at Psychosis Crawler, Niv-Mizzet, Temple Bell, and a metal crafted Molten Psyche. (Assuming your opponents hand is empty with Niv-Mizzet & Psychosis Crawler on the field) Draw on your upkeep (2 dmg), Tap Temple Bell (+4), Tap (+2), Cast Cerebral Erruption on them (+4), Cast Molten Psyche. Assuming you only had Eruption and Psyche in your hand when the turn began you and your opponent should have a hand size of 3 so you draw 3 and they draw 3 (+12). That's a total of 24 dmg. Of course that requires several turns of setup (at least 7 to get Niv on field assuming no mana ramp). This combo does 2 damage to your... (see all)
Posted By: alphagprime (3/25/2012 1:58:07 PM)


Awesome card. Instant card draw for you for a negligible drawback, or punishment for an opponent's card draw. Or occasionally, it can be used against you.

Once I tossed out one of these when I was at 4 on my opponent's turn, hoping to draw into an answer for his Darksteel Colossus, and in response he cast Careful Consideration, targeting me. And then, 5 years later, the police found him chained to a block of concrete at the bottom of the Hudson River with a playing card embedded in his skull.
Posted By: thexmanlight (3/4/2012 7:52:08 PM)


A lot of people have talked about it hitting your opponent. I'm thinking this is reasonably good instant speed draw for yourself, normally that would cost you {1} more but you shock yourself instead.
Posted By: djflo (2/18/2012 5:41:35 AM)


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