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Woot! Take only 5 from Progenitus!
Posted By: T-101 (2/21/2010 10:28:46 PM)
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@ Gaussgoat:

Says in the rulings that it's not prevention, so it works even on damage that can't be prevented. Which is quite good.
Posted By: lukemol (9/13/2010 6:18:05 PM)
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Says "prevent" right on the card. Why would that be Oracle-updated away? Plenty of red cards care about the difference.
Easy to template the right way: "The next time a source of your choice would deal damage to you this turn, prevent half of that damage, rounded down."
Of course, this would make the card even less useful, but it's a matter of principle.
Posted By: HuntingDrake (5/22/2012 5:28:27 PM)
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Ah yes, the Testicle.
Posted By: johnhock (12/23/2009 8:11:23 AM)
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"Actually quite good in non-white EDH if your in a meta where Big-One-Shot-General-Hits are making your life miserable. Overall a pretty good 0 drop artifact too (just not better than the creatures, moxes, X spells or the baubles)."

Any spot removal would be better (or a Fog effect, which would at least stop all of the damage). With the sphere, you don't actually solve the problem; the general is still alive and will just kill you next turn. It's doubtful the opponent will have left himself open to a counter-attack, either, as he will have known going into the turn that you had the Sphere waiting. For this reason, he also won't have gone all-in with a card like Hatred or Berserk.
Posted By: scumbling1 (5/18/2011 5:42:53 PM)
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Wow, this is exactly what you should be able to get for 0 mana (plus a card). Actually just outright preventing the damage might have been alright; Fog, after all, prevents all damage from multiple sources for a single mana. But still, this card is kind of elegant, I like.
Posted By: Gabriel422 (12/4/2010 8:25:58 AM)
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An interesting insurance policy, although there are two major issues with it:

1) Tons of "game killing hits" are now life-loss vs damage.

2) A lot of high-damage strikes from the likes of red can't be redirected. (ie Lava Burst )

There are definitely worse artifacts you could have though, and it is hard to argue with the casting cost.

2.5/5
Posted By: Gaussgoat (1/6/2010 5:27:31 AM)
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Actually quite good in non-white EDH if your in a meta where Big-One-Shot-General-Hits are making your life miserable. Overall a pretty good 0 drop artifact too (just not better than the creatures, moxes, X spells or the baubles). Seems to have been made to stop stuff like Channel + Fireball and does that pretty well too.
Posted By: kitsunewarlock (2/26/2010 4:37:26 PM)
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Had it flat out prevented the damage, it would have been solid. As is so often the case, preventing damage and gaining life won't win you the game, hence removal or threats are better.
Posted By: Radagast (11/4/2011 8:00:58 PM)
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sexy art, but it doesn't fit the card.
Posted By: metalevolence (12/15/2010 9:18:38 AM)
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