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Each Time Spiral card was an homage to at least one previously printed card.

This card is referencing Raise Dead.
Posted By: Missile_Penguin (3/11/2012 1:45:04 AM)


Its plain effect is worse than Raise Dead, but it's countered by the fact that Madness allows you to play it at any time. Instant-speed graveyard card grabs aren't the most useful thing in the world, but they aren't bad. Also, it's worth noting that this card can return more than just mono-colored creatures, e.g. you could return your Psychatog, if you were the sort of sick deviant person to be playing with a Psychatog in the first place.

@djflo: As far as I understand, because the discard would be a cost both cards are considered discarded immediately with the same "timestamp", meaning you decide which one gets placed in the graveyard first. Once that happens, then replacement effects (e.g. Madness) come into play. The replacement effect places the spell on the stack "the next time you could play an instant," i.e. AFTER the cards have already been discarded, meaning that yes, you could bring the black creature you just discarded back to y... (see all)
Posted By: yyukichigai (7/8/2011 2:25:50 PM)


They did this cuz everyone loved Basking Rootwalla's free madness cost. Then they realized that any colour madness deck (U/G for example) would be able to play it and restricted it. Oh well.
Posted By: ClockworkSwordfish (1/30/2010 4:48:41 PM)


I'm waiting for some silly card that turns instants in graveyards into creatures so I can make a pointless loop with this.
Posted By: Tommy9898 (5/16/2010 3:58:18 PM)


well black is the new madness color anyways. pity it can't bring back gathan raiders or basking rootwalla though (both in my monoblack madness haha)
Posted By: Omenchild (3/30/2010 11:18:18 AM)


Duh, Faithless Looting. Run a black creature unearth/discard deck with cards like Sedraxis Specter, Nyxathid, and Rotting Rats. Win with cards like Lingering Souls and the Rack. Last week's Building on a Budget column did just that.
Posted By: DacenOctavio (4/2/2012 12:12:44 PM)


This + Undertaker in a madness/tog deck.
Posted By: jetzine (12/12/2009 1:00:51 PM)


If you discard two cards, say, can you discard a black creature first then this, pay the madness cost and bring the creature back to hand? Or are they considered discarded at the same time?
Posted By: djflo (4/22/2011 8:15:11 AM)


No matter what it does... hey, 0-cost madness. One can't complain....
Posted By: Kirbster (1/21/2013 5:04:24 PM)


Only good if you play a pure black deck but it is still not bad if you are playing 2 colors.
Posted By: Ace8792 (2/16/2010 3:57:48 PM)


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