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This can be brilliant, and if not, you steal a creature either way.

I cast this against my friend, and ended up destroying most of his land and a couple of insta-kills, and ended by stealing an igneous pouncer.

On the other end, I played it against a different friend, and just took an aven squire or something.

A big gamble, but the potential is brilliant.
Posted By: Anggul (12/17/2009 9:28:03 AM)


kills my polymorph deck

@ vinifera7: try a polymorph deck
Posted By: Tezz (4/9/2010 9:31:42 AM)


I run u/r control and someone played this against me
I only have 4 creatures in the deck: sphinx of jwar isle x4

That sucked
Posted By: GooberSnotpants (5/11/2010 12:50:35 PM)


Yes! Phage the untou . . . . . wait what!?
Posted By: Hoonster (2/24/2011 7:14:56 PM)


My friend won 2nd place at fnm using this in a cruel control deck against polymorph. Got out Iona and chose blue ftw. That play there earned this card my respect.
Posted By: U-caster (5/12/2010 1:24:34 PM)


I once milled 44 cards off my friends burn deck then stole his only useful creature. Needless to say the fight was over. Good card versus low creature decks and amazing versus creatureless decks, I suggest sideboarding it in any blue/ black mill decks.
Posted By: fbninja (5/30/2010 9:09:45 AM)


Really interesting spell that COULD result in a devastating swing for the other player. The real trick is hitting him with something that sets it up.

Posted By: Gaussgoat (2/2/2010 8:36:58 AM)


Probably the most interesting play I ever had with this card was in a multiplayer casual group. I used it on an opposing deck I knew had few creatures. While I knocked off half their deck with it the creature they wound up drawing was Phage the Untouchable. Instant loss for me and a free killing machine for them when they got control of it after.
Posted By: FinalAtonement (9/11/2009 10:45:42 PM)


Erik's Random card 6/26/2011
Originally this was an "exploding X" card. The set had a few X cards which gave a bonus when X>=5.

This was:

Target opponent puts the top X cards of his or her library into his or her graveyard. If X was 5 or more, you may choose a creature card from among those cards and put it into play under your control.

The problem was that these are supposed to be OK if X =5. Spending 2 mana to mill a card, or 5 mana to mill 4 cards is just bad. On the other hand, the development team the effect. Some designers commented that this didn't feel black, or they hated bribery, but we liked the basic idea and wanted to fix it.

Our first attempt was:

Target opponent puts the top 6 cards of his or her library into his or her graveyard. You may choose a creature card from among those cards and put it into play under your control.

This still wasn't so great. I loved Helm of Possession (from Alliances, and Master's Edition II), and talked about h... (see all)
Posted By: ErikLauer (6/27/2011 12:43:11 AM)


This card is a very good answer to the surge of Polymorph decks post-Rise of the Eldrazi. 哈哈
Posted By: NinjaJeff (5/17/2010 11:27:34 AM)


Gatherer works better in the Companion app!