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Great card. If only my madness deck wasnt also part hellbent part threshold I'd be all over this card.
Posted By: psyklone (12/28/2009 12:10:23 PM)
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This card fits so perfectly in my blue-black deck. Blue keeps me drawing and discarding, then black turns the discarding into madness spells. The fact that this card also acts as a mini kill-spell merely sweetens the deal.
Posted By: Velex (2/12/2010 2:11:22 PM)
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All lands are colorless unless otherwise stated on the card.
Posted By: Nagoragama (9/5/2010 6:31:32 PM)
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@tcollins

Reread the card. If you use Painter's Servant to turn all cards black then even a revealed land would cause -1/-1 if used with Nightshade Assassin. Nightshade assassin doesn't care about mana cost on the cards it only cares if the card is black or not.
Posted By: Yozuk (10/12/2011 5:48:20 PM)
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Nearly every card in Time Spiral block was a throwback to at least one previously printed card.

This card references the cards Nekrataal and Scent of Nightshade (including mimicking those two cards' costs in the mana cost and madness costs!)
Posted By: Missile_Penguin (7/10/2013 9:49:23 AM)
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It's a fusion of Nekrataal and Scent of Nightshade (which is the spell that Nightshade Seer spellshapes) his body and cost come from Nekrataal, his effect and madness cost come from Scent of Nightshade
Posted By: Atali (2/26/2011 9:20:41 PM)
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This has got to be one of the coolest pics ever.

It's easy to forget how cool this card is when you don't use it for a while, but I've had a lot of fun with it.
Posted By: badmofo (7/2/2009 9:50:10 PM)
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If you are playing black heavy casual with a decent draw engine this is pretty good to side-in for nekrataal against black. Fun = 8/10.
Posted By: Rake_Dalonn (8/22/2011 2:44:42 AM)
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Actually, achilles, it seems more along the lines of Nightshade Seer from Urza's Destiny. Though the seer is a spellshaper, the whole "reveal X number of black cards in your hand to give -X/-X to target creature" is identical on both. So while this may look like Nekrataal, it's closer to the Seer.
Posted By: Lateralis0ne (12/22/2010 7:36:32 PM)
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If this were a Ninja Assassin, it would also have Flash, Shadow, and Shroud--not Hexproof, SHROUD. Because Ninjas are tricky enough to prepare for their masters getting Mindslavered with a Go For the Throat in hand.
Posted By: DarthParallax (5/3/2012 11:54:34 PM)
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