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Shades are not great outside of limited because they're creatures that demand that you commit atrocious amounts of {B} to them for them to be big threats. They don't even have built-in protection or additional mana sink abilities to make them more useful. However, Stromgald Crusader, and Order of the Ebon Hand do. Stillmoon Cavalier does it very successfully.
Posted By: DacenOctavio (10/19/2011 1:16:50 AM)


Perfect for Bono, Elton John, and others who like expensive shades.
Posted By: Salient (3/7/2014 7:48:28 PM)


Thanks for pointing out the Training Grounds interaction... huh, still not so hot.
Posted By: ZEvilMustache (4/18/2010 4:33:07 PM)


It's a shade for not monoblack decks. It's not bad really.
Posted By: Sacrier (4/19/2010 11:03:22 PM)


By itself, a bad card, as in worse than Looming Shade. With Training Grounds, it can be pretty devastating... However, I think I'll stick with the old shades.
Posted By: HippyRei (4/15/2010 11:49:32 PM)


Why make bad versions of earlier cards? crypt ripper
Posted By: Sironos (5/11/2010 9:39:11 AM)


This is a good card when played right. UB Training grounds and you can pretty much make it a 8/8 easily. 3.5/5
Posted By: bluelaser (6/5/2010 9:13:59 PM)


Shades generally only have value in draft, where curves aren't quite so smooth and a large, albeit expensive, attacker can prove useful.
Posted By: Ichorix (6/7/2010 8:12:36 PM)


This loses so bad to Crypt Ripper, and the ripper isn't even that good.
Posted By: blindthrall (4/27/2010 2:42:01 PM)


Crypt Ripper requires too much black mana. This can be splashed more easily. Of course, with an activation of 2Black, making this a Scathe Zombies wouldn't have hurt. But ROE limited is so strange it might be just fine.

Outside, of course, easily the worst shade ever.
Posted By: Shiny_Umbreon (2/3/2011 11:40:23 AM)


Gatherer works better in the Companion app!