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Costly, but a good mana-burner and field-clearer. Drop 8 mana, kill three creatures and draw three cards. Solid.
Posted By: Elysiume (5/21/2009 6:48:03 PM)


First i was like: "Whaaaat? That cost is over high!" but then i realized its quite good for that effect
Posted By: Qazior (10/28/2009 5:07:43 AM)



Actually, you do still need X legal targets. If some of them become illegal, though, you still get to draw all X cards.
Posted By: ratchet1215 (3/17/2011 10:00:12 AM)


indeed appealing for draft... if you see it, suddenly you're gonna be splashing black.
Posted By: Kryptnyt (9/5/2011 11:39:58 AM)


There actually needs to be X creatures to target when you declare this, keep in mind. But if some of them die off before this resolves, you still draw X, regardless of how many critters the spell actually destroys.
Posted By: izzet_guild_mage (5/13/2010 11:55:28 AM)


Bear in mind though, shady tradesman, you've got to have X legal targets for the kill part or the spell flops. Still though, with Korlash, Heir to Blackblade and Cabal Coffers and Dark Rituals, you can devastate pretty well with this, mana be damned. Just watch those counterspells.
Posted By: Ritius (1/20/2010 1:16:55 AM)


If you go infinite mana in black for some reason, this can be used to draw out your win condition. Mono-black's mana acceleration can be good enough to back this card, I think. It's casual for sure, though.
Posted By: shady-tradesman (11/3/2009 12:03:09 AM)


At first glance, this isn't all that appealing, what with the {X}{4}{B}. Yeck.
"Why would I do that instead of just Plague Wind?"
Well, use your head, dum-dum. Plague Wind doesn't draw you cards.
Considering the absurd numbers that black mass-mana can conjure, this quickly becomes viable and - in many cases- a very powerful board wiper. Even if X is only 2, that's two threats dealt with and two more cards in hand for a reasonable 7 mana. Although it may not be able to deal with every threat on the board, it gives you plenty of new options for dealing with the survivors.
And just like most X spells, I feel multiplayer EDH is where this black gem really shines.

Damn, those 7th Edition paladins are rad.
Posted By: Raexs (5/19/2013 9:53:05 PM)


Am I correct in assuming that this card has two abilities: One which destroys creatures, and one which lets you draw cards? If this is correct, you can have zero legal targets to destroy, and still draw x cards.
Posted By: Kataklyzmik (3/1/2010 11:08:33 AM)


Good for late game or if you have mana to burn. Too costly otherwise because six mana to kill a creature and draw a card is a lot. You can get that via two cards for less mana but of course that's two cards.
Posted By: wholelottalove (10/3/2012 6:29:05 AM)


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