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Hey, it is possible to make a great all-black deck without vampires! Wowzers.
Posted By: SleetFox (7/11/2010 1:12:51 PM)


For those who say that this should be a vampire, I can't say how strongly I disagree with you. This is one of the best decisions wizards did with the whole set. Bringing back a classic instead of creating a new, more powerful version? Brilliant. The last thing we need is a NEW powerhouse to "appease" the experienced player fanbase; but an unexpected blast from the past? I love it.
Posted By: Selez (7/16/2010 10:11:57 PM)


Super good. Here's the trick: Cast as little as possible first main phase. The more mana you have open for the combat, the more tricks you can pull. You're giving your opponent a total black box in terms of how big you're planning to pump him, and will often make a bad choice.

Even if you want to spend all your mana on spells, there's a good chance your opponent will let him get through to avoid losing their creatures--and two a turn for two invested is pretty dang nice. And with some kind of evasion... well, let's just say Helix Pinnacle would have been played a lot more if you only needed 20 counters...
Posted By: yesnomu (7/18/2010 6:20:06 PM)


This guy was fun back in the days of Odyssey block - black had Cabal Coffers back then. I'm surprised WotC didn't go lame and turn him into a vampire.
Posted By: Temple_Garden (7/8/2010 2:33:38 PM)


Brilliant. Pulled this guy at the prerelease and didn't lose a game. He's just so good. An early game efficient drop that's also a late-game bomb? For an efficient mana cost? Wow. A complete house in limited, and if he isn't constructed viable, he damn well should be. 5/5.
Posted By: cloneffect (7/12/2010 2:02:52 PM)


With no cabal coffers maybe this guy will be under control this time? idk. gogo crypt of agadeem and nirkana revenant shenanigans
Posted By: mdakw576 (7/20/2010 10:56:50 PM)


The best shade out there, hands down.
Posted By: AmericanVigor (12/1/2010 12:17:02 PM)


so the reprinting of this card means that wizards believes that we should be able to make a non vamp mono black deck.


maybe I should take a look to see what they're getting at.
Posted By: Gezus82 (7/13/2010 5:31:52 PM)


Finally! a cost effective shade! Then came nirkana revenant, but's it's a special case, being a high cost ramper. This is the only cost effective shade-only shade
Posted By: Kindulas (5/24/2011 9:47:20 PM)


Can counter burners (if you have enough land left) and is highly efficient.
Still isn't as good as Figure of Destiny, but that card is OP. This one still makes your opponent feel like they have a fighting chance
Posted By: Ferlord (6/9/2011 4:33:43 PM)


Gatherer works better in the Companion app!