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Also nifty when you're building up to a Mortal Combat win.
Posted By: Ideatog (5/12/2011 12:15:04 PM)


I used to use this card with Fluctuator and a bunch of the Urza block cycling creatures to fuel a huge Drain Life. It was awesome.
Posted By: telefrancais (10/19/2010 9:48:44 AM)


Often when using this card it goes into a psuedo-dredge deck I run. Ideal scenario looks something like:

T1: Swamp, Putrid Imp
T2: Discard Stinkweed Imp during upkeep, dredge for 5

If you get 3-4 creatures you're already tying the best Rituals in the game. Now just cruise into the win condition of your choice (oh and feel free to discard that imp or any other creatures you might have now!)

This is a fun way to Living Death, ramp into a giant demon, or other neat ideas.

Honestly I'm not sure why there's not a super-dredge deck relying on this, exsanguinate or drain life, and loads of draw spells. I get that there is a lot of grave hate, but most of that isn't at instant speed, and if you run {G} you can probably nail the grave hate before it would effect you. Maybe someday this could be part of a Tendrils of Agony dredge hybrid combo deck in legacy?
Posted By: blurrymadness (3/15/2013 8:53:35 AM)


Ooooh, this belongs in my Zombie EDH deck. Havengul Lich plus Rooftop Storm + this = I cast all creatures in my graveyard for B.
Posted By: CarlosLiberated (2/26/2012 8:29:52 AM)


A huge and fun play that happened in a game of EDH I was playing:

Had 9 lands open, don't exactly remember the division of lands, but there was at least three swamps and three mountains, and then I believe to be three non-basics. Tapped for seven, cast Morality Shift swapped my library and graveyard, putting about 30+ creatures into my 'yard. Played this, flashbacked Past in Flames, then flashbacked Zombify, targeting Balthor the Defiled, popped Balthor, brought back all of my creatured and stacked a ton of CitP/EtB effects. Then I flashbacked Morality Shift so I wouldn't deck myself.

This card is great late game in most creature-heavy decks
Posted By: cgermain (3/25/2012 5:58:16 PM)


Very good with Dredge, or reanimation in general.
Posted By: GruesomeGoo (7/12/2010 1:07:28 AM)


Fantastic with Morality Shift in a creature based deck; think of all those X cost spells e.g. Life Drain, Fireball, Endless Scream, Howl from Beyond etc.
Posted By: Wizard-of-the-Toast (7/25/2010 2:37:50 PM)


Can someone argue that this is better than Dark Ritual? Obviously you can. It just depends on the situation.

It's made specially for Reanimation decks... which made me wonder why the Graveborn deck didn't include multiples of this in it. Maybe a new art, eh? This one is kind of... difficult to understand.

Anyway, if you were to just play Buried Alive first, then it'd become equal. If you play another, of use Golgari Grave-Troll's dredge-effect or Entomb (you rich bastard), you can, at best, triple the ritual's effect.

It still isn't close enough to Dark Ritual, since you needed all those cards to be played before to get anywhere.

It's still one of my favourite 1-drops for black, though. They REALLY should have reprinted it for the Premium Deck, however.
Posted By: Ferlord (12/18/2011 1:52:13 PM)


Can anyone say "use this in a reanimation Knight deck with Haakon"? Really, dump Haakon and a bunch of Black Knights or equivalent into your graveyard and recast everything with this.
Posted By: GrimjawxRULES (5/20/2010 12:44:26 AM)


Use with Consume Soul and Crypt of Agadeem. Great :-)
Posted By: Urbar (12/16/2009 12:50:29 PM)


Gatherer works better in the Companion app!