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Interesting sidenote: it looks like the Oracle text went out of its way to specifically NOT call it sacrifice. This is important, as The Abyss's destruction is a targeted effect, so if you control any creatures with Shroud or Indestructibility, they're safe. More hilarious is that your Troll Ascetic would NOT be safe, since it's being targeted by something YOU control. This is the only situation I can think of where regular Shroud is better than troll-Shroud :-)
Posted By: achilleselbow (4/10/2010 8:49:49 PM)


PORTCULLIS are you kidding me its no match for the abyss. No match at all.
Posted By: KRALtheSLAYER (1/30/2010 3:31:54 PM)


This is an EXTREMELY powerful card. It can crush creature decks. Newer cards with similar abilities either destroy themselves or allow opponents to counter their ability. Cards like this make me always have enchantment destruction in my decks.
Posted By: kowrip (11/11/2009 9:51:10 AM)


"Okay. For my turn, I pick Phylactery Lich."

Also works well with an Esper deck.
Posted By: syrazemyla (3/6/2011 11:02:07 PM)


Whatever happened to World Enchantments anyway?
Posted By: Feralsymphony (6/6/2011 1:12:54 PM)


because portcullis has nothing to do with my deck and this is a perfect match, also my deck has no creatures that are in play during my upkeep, or any upkeep for that matter

well not including abyssal gatekeeper...
but that's a whole different story....
Posted By: supershawn (5/24/2011 2:49:20 AM)


I have the Oracle rulings from 1995 and this card USED to force players to sacrifice a creature.
The ruling was almost word-for-word the Call to the Grave wording.
Back then, there was no consistency or defined term of "target".
Wonder when they changed it...?
Posted By: reapersaurus (10/25/2011 9:57:50 AM)


Run in Sharuum EDH.
Posted By: gman92 (8/11/2012 6:39:38 AM)


I'm not sure that it's right for Magus of The Abyss to be rated lower than this...after all, it CAN attack. What I AM sure of is that anybody who rated either of them 3.5 or lower needs to get their head checked.

T1: Swamp, Mox Jet, Dark Ritual, I play a black fr*king hole. Have a nice fr*king game, b*tches. >:)
Posted By: DarthParallax (8/10/2011 5:19:49 PM)


Someone once said "If you gaze into the abyss, the abyss gazes also into you." I don't know how this relates to this great card, but I'm pretty sure that, had that man lived today, he would have said "Goatse" instead of "Abyss".
Posted By: ClockworkSwordfish (11/4/2010 5:19:56 PM)


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