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Aaron’s Random Card Comment of the Day #49, 12/13/10

My plan for this card in M10 design was to have a mirrored pair of “Good Priest” / “Evil Priestess”, 1/1 creatures for 1White and 1Black that had “Tap: Target player gains 1 life” and “Tap: Target player loses 1 life” respectively. Once we decided to put Soul Warden at common (as opposed to uncommon like it was in Tenth Edition and Ninth Edition), however, the white one no longer fit in the set. But we kept the black one.

Development messed with the numbers, putting mana in the activation, which I’m actually a big fan of. Cards without mana on them, like Onyx Goblet, give you a turn ultimatum—“I’m at 6 life; I am almost certainly dead in six turns”—but the mana activation on the Acolyte means you can buy yourself turns by forcing your opponent to spend his mana doing something else.

The card is “bad” from a pure power perspective, but I have no regrets about p... (see all)
Posted By: Aaron_Forsythe (12/14/2010 12:13:48 AM)


"Like all priests, she gives her blessings only to those truly worthy of them.
Unlike some others, her blessings suck."
Posted By: TherealphatMatt (9/19/2011 5:03:34 AM)


Blightspeaker only costs 1 more to cast, has 1 more Power, and only has to tap in order to use his ability.
Posted By: Vinifera7 (7/11/2009 1:30:40 PM)


I prefer Orzhov Guildmage, at least I might be able to turn out 2 damage each turn.
All the pingers are much better than this card.
Posted By: DragonLord132 (8/31/2009 8:27:58 PM)


When given the choice between this card and Swamp during an M10 draft, I always pick the Swamp, that way I can't accidentally use this card in my deck.
Posted By: LordZogar (7/30/2009 8:38:14 AM)


surprisingly playable in limited ; )
Posted By: Ajani_is_da_man (11/22/2009 5:13:20 PM)


They could've at least made it a 1/1 for 1 with a overcosted ability
Posted By: person1234 (8/17/2009 5:06:01 PM)


what if you draw something you cant use? i would use it as a late gamebreaker, not an early chump blocker as there are cards that are definitively better for the same cost
Posted By: darkfury (10/4/2009 3:58:24 PM)


I wish I could have been a fly on the wall when the play testers decided the activated ability needed to be so expensive. What sort of arguments were made? Was "BT:" just too close to playable?
Posted By: ZEvilMustache (7/11/2009 5:42:44 AM)


Pinging your opponent to death used to be great, back in the days of the Prodigal Sorcerer. She isn't totally awful for this, as she does her damage as "lifeloss" so anti-damage effects won't work.

While it isn't the worst card I've ever seen, it certainly is not great. Compare this to something like Guul Draz Vampire for the same cost, and I know which one I'd rather have on my side.

Passable at best, 1.5/5
Posted By: Gaussgoat (1/13/2010 7:15:40 AM)