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I like the art a lot, rush makes good artwork, he really looks like a darklord, and considering homelands, he is like overwhelmingly powerful.
Posted By: Teotanek (2/8/2010 10:42:53 PM)
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Still a solid card today, the only modern card closest to its pro white ability, relative P/T and CC is Malakir Bloodwitch. Even then, Shade is out of reach of Flametongue Kavu and more red burns than the vampire and does not require heavy tribal support.

Many people forget that black has trouble dealing with enchantments, which is a main weakness of many black creatures such as Phyrexian Obliterator. Pacifism and Oblivion Ring are both popular creature stoppers being used today by decks with white. Both Ishan and Bloodwitch bypass this and allow for constant attacks, forcing players to either double up on burn or return spells on it

This can fit into any mono black deck looking for a finisher against white decks or even red decks

Edit: I just noticed its now a Shade Knight, which means Haakon, Stromgald Scourge can be used as a reanimator of sorts for him. ... (see all)
Posted By: Paladin85 (8/10/2011 10:15:03 PM)
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This is the only card that begins with "ih".
Posted By: azure_drake222222 (2/6/2013 1:39:14 PM)
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As much as I wish he had the Shade's ability, for the sake of creature type (and a sweet Shade legend) he's still pretty badass.
Posted By: Doaj (8/17/2012 3:16:27 AM)
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Deceptively powerful, very hard to remove. Black color makes him immune to most black removal, protection from white means he can't be Plowshared or Pathed to Exile, tough body puts him out of average red burn range. 6 CMC is not so much when you have a Dark Ritual at hand. Fairly lethal if you can give him Fear.
Posted By: Arachnos (1/17/2013 2:08:20 PM)
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Ihsan's Shade had finished off many an opponent for me in his day. I ran him in a black/splash white deck with Dark Rituals, Lotus Petals, and Soul Kiss. The deck is still together and still garners its share of wins in casuasl play. A turn 1 Shade and a turn 2 Kiss w/ some white based creature removal, and your opponent was turn 4 dead. That happened a lot. I didn't see Ihsan in the Time Spiral block, Crovax, the Ascendant Hero came back instead. Still, I hold out hope for Ihsan's redemption.
Posted By: elhajjaj (9/3/2013 7:48:47 PM)
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He was fairly powerful, and more playable than the Baron. Still a solid classic.
Posted By: Arthindole (3/12/2010 8:01:54 PM)
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Definite Lord Soth inspiration here, I'd say.
Posted By: Long_Con (2/16/2011 11:04:51 AM)
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Definitely one of the coolest looking Legends in the game. Baron Sengir may be no. 2 and Greven Il-Vec could be no. 3 IMO.
Posted By: getz19 (4/16/2010 5:55:12 AM)
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One of the coolest cards ever. Awesome flavor text as well
Posted By: seydaneen (11/19/2010 10:44:46 AM)
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