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fetch, crop rotation, fetch, swamp, dark ritual...there, if you really wanted to get it out turn one without expunging too much of your mana accel...there's also some nice landfall triggers in there is your're running ob nixilis or lotus cobra. However, definitely duress and tourach your opponent's hand first. Did I mention that those disruption spells also shave 1CC each off stalker's CC?

This is also a nice answer to tarmogoyf. It can come into play just as quickly in the right deck, and it can eat up your graveyard, so that tarmogoyf can't use it. Run this guy w/ bojuka bog and you effectively have a response to the goyf.
Posted By: spectermonger (3/15/2010 2:03:34 PM)


Awesome black creature, gotta worship the demons!
Posted By: Chrome_Coyote (9/24/2010 1:56:08 PM)


I have him in some casual control decks. That way I can get a large creature with evasion for two mana, and still have enough mana left for counterspells to protect him or disrupt the opponent.
Posted By: majinara (4/9/2010 4:22:46 PM)


Hang on a sec. The three Delve cards (Tombstalker, Logic Knot, Death Rattle) are all in {U}/{B}. Innistrad has demonstrated {U}/{B} self-mill decks. Could we be seeing Delve as a later block mechanic designed to fit well for those decks? It would allow self-mill to make use of milled land by throwing it out to cast Tombstalkers...
Posted By: LordRandomness (12/20/2011 4:32:28 PM)


i like this with infernal tutor and dredge. just build up a large hand of tombstalkers (haha two) and then play them all at once, and maybe give haste with anger
Posted By: Omenchild (4/16/2010 6:36:49 PM)


Craziness once again. Realistically a 3rd or 4th turn drop and wipes out your graveyard which is pretty handy nowadays. Tastes a bit overpowered? Luckily I own a set ^^
Posted By: Sugga (8/1/2010 4:07:27 PM)


Fits perfectly with the graveyard-central theme of Black
Posted By: AmericanVigor (11/30/2010 8:50:19 AM)


The best I've done with this guy is dropping him in 2nd turn with 2 Dark Rituals.

Personally, I can't wait to see Delve as a set mechanic. Maybe they'll pair it with Gravestorm (Bitter Ordeal).
Posted By: Etregan (3/16/2010 3:54:04 AM)


This guy is extremely powerful in Legacy monoblack aggro decks. A Dark Ritual effectively gives you 4 mana to cast him, and a Lotus Petal gives you 2.

One day there will be a dredge deck based around him, Bloodghast and probably also Ichorid, with Unmask and possibly Force of Will for support. Fetchlands will provide mana, unearth Bloodghast and lower the cost of Tombstalker.

Actually I think I'll now start making proxies for testing.
Posted By: makochman (10/5/2009 3:22:27 PM)


Delve is such an amazing mechanic. Future Sight was such a brilliant expansion. It's a pity they didn't make the entire set Future-Shifted.
Posted By: Volcre (8/28/2009 12:28:45 PM)


Gatherer works better in the Companion app!