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This guy is actually very nice. I'm using it in a blue-black reanimation deck. Ideally it's turn two lightning greaves, turn three this, equip and swing for 4, turn 4 discard something large, zombify, equip with greaves and swing for 10 or more. Not tournament worthy but solid.

If you just play it, attack for two turns and then let it die, you basically had a 4/4 blocker on turn three, dealt 8 damage, discarded your three worst cards and drew three new ones. That's far from bad.

Now if your deck has a graveyard theme it becomes even better. Discarding cards with madness, flashback, unearth, retrace, incarnations, stuff to reanimate or aquiring threshold in general. Also helps you out if you are mana-flooded, allowing you to discard excess lands and draw other stuff instead.

4/5 ****
Posted By: majinara (11/28/2009 4:07:13 AM)
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@thaviel

you are completely wrong and undervalue this card. first upkeep PLACE AGE COUNTER then discard one. swing for four. if it is alive for a second upkeep, PLACE SECOND AGE COUNTER and then don't pay the upkeep. it goes to the graveyard with TWO age counters on it and you have only discarded ONE card. two for one and a beefy 4/4 flier for 3 to block and attack for a turn.
Posted By: BorosArchangel (1/4/2010 2:38:40 AM)
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This is one of my favorite creature cards, period. Elegant design, powerful effect, quite comboable, and fits beautifully in plenty of BU possibilities.
Posted By: EternalLurker (2/15/2010 11:28:48 AM)
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When it's about to die, use Gilder Bairn to double the number of counters on it. Even better if you have a Doubling Season out.
Once he's gone through one upkeep phase, you can play an Eon Hub and just build up the Age counters on him without having to discard.
Posted By: A3Kitsune (3/16/2010 4:50:40 AM)
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@sarroth:
I think A3Kitsune was still referring to the scenario he mentioned, ie Gilder Bairn.
Posted By: Morgrath (4/27/2010 10:46:56 PM)
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ok, this card is amazing. it would be great even if it didnt have the upkeep abilities. a 4/4 flyer for 3? uhhh, yes please! in addition, u can discard ONE card for its first upkeep and then the second upkeep put the second age counter on it and sac it to draw TWO cards... so you got a 4/4 flyer for cheaper then you will pretty much ever see and it ends up GAINING you a card. aaaand, as if all that wasnt good enough, u could actually PLAY that card you were supposed to discard for a cheaper price than its normal cost if it has MADNESS or to simply put cards in ur gaveyard to play them from there. im VEXED at the haters of this card, they are blind! One of the best cards ive ever seen in years of playing magic in my opinion.
Posted By: Name_Lable47 (1/17/2011 3:38:36 AM)
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Well, if you had some use for certain cards in your graveyard this card is pretty helpful - and strong... And the fact that you can even draw as much as you lost makes it fine, I guess.
Posted By: Schlappi (9/9/2009 5:08:09 AM)
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I'm sorry this is not as good as it appears at first glance.
first upkeep you discard 1 and it have 1 time counter

second upkeep it have 2 counters so you discard 2.

so you don't get to draw as much as you discard.

on the strong side of the card it is a 4/4 flyer for 3 and thats nothing to scoff at.
Posted By: thaviel (9/17/2009 12:27:51 PM)
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@A3Kitsune:
Eon Hub won't actually work with this card. Since Eon Hub has you skip your upkeep, you never actually experience "the beginning of your upkeep," which is when the age counter gets placed on this card. At least that's how I read it.
Posted By: sarroth (4/24/2010 5:27:33 PM)
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just found this, giving it 5/5 cuz im excited:P just hope it doesnt get exiled, but this is GREAT in a deck with akward setup and for getting stuff in gy. holy shit the possibilities!!!!:P
its a damn shame bout the double blue cost but still...
Posted By: rawsugar (3/31/2011 8:20:10 AM)
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