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Controlling and owning are different. The creature's owner (i.e., your opponent) takes the damage, not the controller.
Posted By: Musume (5/15/2010 6:59:01 AM)


I think the people who are rating this low don't understand the card. They think it does damage to them because they're controlling it, but it actually deals damage to the owner, which is most likely their opponent. In a sense, this is mostly an improved version of Mind Control except it costs 1 more to cast.
Posted By: Keiya (8/29/2010 7:05:32 PM)


The lighting in that artwork is very effective.
Posted By: Stray_Dog (1/8/2011 8:09:51 AM)


You know, how many times does the guy you steal last that long anyways haha. Just suicide the guy to take out two birds with one stone. However, at 6 mana, that better be a pair of big birds.
Posted By: Omenchild (12/23/2009 12:24:16 PM)


Oh, I'm so eager to do a Blue Black deck (not blue-black). This (Enslave), Temporal Extortion, Dash Hopes, Withering Boon... and they are all cheap (less 1 $ each)! Hmmm... add discard, beat or maybe some control creatures. It might work... but possible not :D
Posted By: Tahazzar (6/26/2010 1:38:11 PM)


Thats a dirty trick.
Posted By: XTwistedsoulX (9/4/2010 7:21:02 PM)


I can't tell if the guy in the cloak is the new master commanding his now-loyal beast, or if it's the former master, going in for a big hug and about to get a nasty surprise in the form of his face being ripped off.
Posted By: Lyoncet (2/26/2011 4:49:01 PM)


Now that I look at it again, the flavor of the art is rather interesting in that it was Phyrexian to begin with. Just as this card was useful for black in Time Spiral block limited, I'm sure that it will also be useful for black in Scars of Mirrodin block limited.

However, the card is much more nuanced now then it was before. A black infect deck doesn't benefit from this card in the same way that a non-black infect deck does.

On the surface, it's less useful for an infect deck because the creature being enslaved will likely not have infect and Enslave's second ability will only hit the player's life total. On the other hand, in an infect mirror match, this card is a bomb, because the creature will be relevant and Enslave's ability specifies that the enchanted creature deals the damage (i.e. in the form of delicious, delicious poison counters).

Meanwhile, this card is extremely useful for a predominately black non-infect deck because they're likely to benefit from the stolen creatu... (see all)
Posted By: Talcos (4/26/2011 7:02:46 AM)


Does it damage you, or your opponent?
Thanks, now I understand the 6CMC cost, direct control is so rare in black in my experience, usually have to kill the creature and then res it, I love this, black having an unexpected bluish ability like dash hopes.
Posted By: Sironos (6/22/2010 7:21:15 AM)


The only problem with this card is if you want to take BACK your own guy. This seems unimportant, but it actually happens to me quite a bit, perhaps becuase I like to run blue and green mana-ramp. I guess I like it, but I also like having some big ass bomb with three control spells on it. Good fun.
Posted By: Macsen (5/22/2011 12:20:49 PM)


Gatherer works better in the Companion app!