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" If this concept were reprised today, it would be a 2/3 for that casting cost, it would get 2 +1/+1 counters per hit, and it would be mythic rare"

Actually, it would be a 2/1, would only get one counter per hit, and would be a common red creature that has to attack every turn. Yes, power creep is a problem. But try not to overstate it.
Posted By: nemokara (3/22/2012 8:58:04 AM)
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Because what doesn't combo with Painter's servant?
Posted By: FoxxyEDarko (5/28/2012 10:29:57 PM)
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It actually fits my casual Pestilence deck, he goes solo on the table doing his job.
Posted By: Duskpriest (7/3/2012 5:02:04 AM)
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Why is everyone saying this is bad nowadays? It's quite clearly freaking awesome. Protection from a relevant colour, a means of pumping itself... this thing can be left to do it's own thing.

Also, is fun for Human Tribal decks from Innistrad.
Posted By: psychichobo (10/23/2012 3:50:25 PM)
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"The whirling dance or Sufi whirling that is proverbially associated with Dervishes, is the practice of the Mevlevi Order in Turkey, and is part of a formal ceremony known as the Sema. The Sema is only one of the many Sufi ceremonies performed to try to reach religious ecstasy."
Posted By: achilleselbow (7/12/2010 5:20:49 AM)
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Well by default if you're playing this against a monoblack its unblockable.
Posted By: ObsessedAddict (10/16/2009 5:40:31 PM)
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This thing is awesome. Unless you either chump block it early or burn it (assuming you're not the unlucky mono black player), it's going to rape some face pretty quickly.
Posted By: DacenOctavio (1/26/2011 12:16:46 AM)
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Good combo with unstable mutation...
Posted By: divine_exodus (2/24/2011 2:18:13 PM)
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A dervish is something that whirls, so the name is fairly redundant.

Either that or a specific type of Muslim, from where the word comes. But that kind of goes against the setting philosophy of Magic.
Posted By: SleetFox (8/29/2010 3:21:34 PM)
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Fun against mono-black, if you can get it out early in the game or if you can make it unblockable.
Posted By: Faidite (10/12/2009 6:29:33 AM)
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