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played this in a combo with Shivan Dragon, it one hit KO'ed when my opponent was on 20 life
Posted By: lordofthekithkins (5/29/2010 9:40:41 PM)


This is so much better than Assault Strobe it's ridiculous. Assault Strobe is just simply a pre-combat buff, while the the instant speed on this qualifies it as a useful combat trick. It's very worth the 1 extra to be able to play this after blockers are declared. A definite 4/5, because it also can quite easily translate into incredibly efficient damage.

Also, unlike Assault Strobe, this is usable in mono white.
Posted By: BongRipper420 (8/22/2012 2:22:18 PM)


Worth the extra 1 (over Assault Strobe) if you're playing RW.
Posted By: helluin (4/17/2011 8:17:00 PM)


And its great for creatures like Ball Lightning, Blistering Firecat and Spark Elemental
Posted By: Mista-Bond (5/10/2010 6:37:44 AM)


I want this on Boros Charm (doesn't exist yet), but that might be a bit much to ask for.
Posted By: Kurraga (10/28/2012 1:40:52 PM)


@ Kurraga I want this on Boros Charm (doesn't exist yet), but that might be a bit much to ask for.

Posted By: dangersnaf (1/11/2013 9:14:44 AM)


Assault Strobe is good, no doubt, but being a sorcery kinda kills it in many circumstances (without trample.) They get to see it coming for a whole step or two ahead of time which actually DOES matter. Kiln Fiend for instance, doesn't have trample. With assault strobe you're telling the opponent "block this guy and I basically wasted a card". With double cleave you get the choice of whether or not you'll kill the blocker or whether they'll "call your bluff" and get 8 straight to the head. FURTHER, double cleave and another instant, say blood frenzy or brute force can work in your favor even more. Let's say they decide they'll just trample you with their worm next turn and let you pass... you just got 20 damage through for 3 mana, none of it which they were prepared for.

Trust me when I say from experience, instant speed, especially in a buff heavy RDW style deck, is really, REALLY helpful.

So much so that assault strobe is being replaced by this in some of my decks.
Posted By: blurrymadness (1/1/2011 2:12:47 PM)


This card is really, really powerful for the cost. I mean, we're talking potential game winner with this guy. Any kind of creature which can be boosted like a Shivan Dragon can score double hits with this guy and wreck someone completely.

This is also a perfect addition to a creature steal like Ray of Command.
Posted By: Gaussgoat (1/4/2010 12:34:16 PM)


In response to not assigning blockers, my friend cast this spell on his Battlegate Mimic for the winning hit.
Luckily, in response, I played my Fog.
Very nice card to have up your sleeve for whenever you need that extra umph.
Posted By: infernox10 (6/14/2010 9:17:34 PM)


Brutal on Wee Dragonauts or Kiln Fiend.
Swing for 8 for two mana? Yes please.
Posted By: GruesomeGoo (5/22/2010 11:37:28 AM)


Gatherer works better in the Companion app!