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Build a token deck around this card... have Anowon out, create tons of non-vamp tokens, get out Butcher of Malakir and then just sit back and watch your opponents field get drained 2 creatures at a time. Throw in a Blade of the Bloodchief or two on Butcher of Malakir when you play him and seal the deal. Of course this whole strategy can be crushed with a simple maneuver of Tsabo Tavoc
Posted By: Clavat99 (11/5/2010 10:08:35 PM)


This isn't even close to Braids, that's why. Read the two cards carefully, Braids' mechanic is far more aggressive and hits 2 other card types, so it doesn't stop if they neglect dropping anymore creatures... they don't get a chance to play around it, whereas with this guy it is not until the owner's upkeep that anyone has to sacrifice a creature. There's also a big difference between 4 and 5 mana, and accelerating her out turn 2 as opposed to this guy turn 3. Lastly I don't a lot of people ever opted to play this in the 1st place, whereas tons of people used to abuse Braids.
Posted By: TuffWebz (12/18/2011 12:13:56 AM)


T'is a shame he isn't a 3/4, but you gotta work with what you're got.

It's great that they refer to the web comic in the flavour, because most cards don't. I haven't really seen a card when Liliana vents out her hatred for angels and how righteous they are, not knowing the irony. I really wish they had.

Regardless, one way or another, don't consider playing this outside of Vampires. As Magus of the Abyss was a timeshifted version of The Abyss, this is the "timeshifted" version of Call to the Grave... sort of.
Posted By: Ferlord (11/4/2012 2:20:33 PM)


Magus of the Vampire Abyss.
Posted By: Arachnos (8/1/2013 7:25:17 PM)


And to think, they were nice enough to put a foil of this guy into a precon with the Pact on legs.
Good times.
Posted By: HairlessThoctar (3/23/2010 5:26:58 PM)


Anowan, the Lightning Rod
Posted By: Eved (7/26/2010 3:51:50 AM)


@Paleopaladin Those are metal Cilenders that he keeps his notes in. They also have markings etched on them that make a book when rolled out. (He traveled with Nissa and Sorin in the Zendikar book)
Posted By: Nayban (5/8/2011 11:03:11 PM)


This, like the vast majority of WWK's vampires, is begging to be put in the Vampire deck that's been seeing a lot of success lately, but I just don't see it fitting. Malakir Bloodwitch is such a superior card for the spot of the 5-drop, and while both beg to be removed, Bloodwitch not only can dodge Lightning Bolt, but Path to Exile as well, neither of which the Ruin Sage can live through. Bloodwitch also has flying and the blood-sucking ability, and while Cruel Edict on a stick is nice, your creatures shouldn't even be worrying about getting rid of the opponent's creatures; you should have Vampire Nocturnus out by then and be flying over your opponents for the win.

Is he a bad card? No. Just...he's not the best Vampire out there. Perhaps EDH will be kinder to him; I can see him being played there as a great general to stop your opponent from ever casting creatures until he's remov... (see all)
Posted By: DonRoyale (1/29/2010 12:31:33 PM)


I can pull him out of bolt range with a single Urge to Feed and he really helps swing things around in the late game in short order. Block, Urge if needed, tap him, and then on your upkeep your opponent loses another creature. Seems pretty solid, I'm gonna be running 2 in my vampire deck. He gets you out of a bind if you're losing and he finishes the game faster if you're winning. Can't really complain about it.
Posted By: Guest643499915 (2/1/2010 7:14:08 PM)


This bastard is just screaming to get a lightning bolt
Posted By: feliciano182 (2/10/2010 7:51:03 PM)