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Equip to your friendly neighborhood Phyrexian Obliterator and go to town.
Posted By: WhiteyMcFly (5/9/2011 2:09:43 PM)


And here I used to think that Nightmare Lash was pretty great. This version comes with a free creature!
Posted By: Vinifera7 (5/29/2011 11:01:17 PM)


Let's think of some cheap ass creatures to glomp a Lashwrithe onto:

-Child Of Night or Markov Patrician: Both Lifelinky goodness!

-Vault Skirge,Flensermite or Plague Stinger: The moderating alternating trio of Flying, Infect and Lifelink; pick your choice!

-Reassembling Skeleton: If the opponent doesn't have much artifact removal, this guy will stick around to cause some pain

-Tormented Soul: Have fun blocking that

-Mortis Dogs- Awkwardly the same CMC, but very funny!

....why do I bother? Just slap it on your Phyrexain Obliterators and be on your way!
Posted By: Splizer (12/3/2011 7:33:43 PM)


The perfect curve from Vampire Nighthawk to this is just too awesome. Drop your VN on T3, then this on T4, equip and swing for enough to recoup its equip cost and then some? Yes please!!!

@leomistico: You forgot Dakmor Sorceress!
Posted By: Paleopaladin (3/25/2012 11:28:09 PM)


I agree that it is a little contradictory but it helps fits the style of suicide monoblack which is basically win at any costs, even if those costs include physical or mental harm to yourself, your creatures, or anything else really..

Also, not strictly better than Nightmare Lash if you plan on using this in a non-black deck, Nightmare Lash is better (if you plan to use it with something like Overgrown Tomb or dual lands for example, lastly use with Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth)
Posted By: tcollins (5/24/2011 10:20:14 PM)


Dear Vampire Nighthawk,

You are about to rotate out of Standard, but that doesn't mean I am going to take you out of my Legacy/Classic Mono Black Deck. Also, I know you can fly, and kill whatever you touch, and increase my own life total, but I got this cool new equipment for you. No, you don't have to thank me, or anything, I just thought this would, you know, let you end the game three turns earlier than usual.

Seriously, though, not that my Nighthawk army needs a lot of help, I can see this being a standard artifact in my Mono Black decks.
Posted By: EvilCartographer (5/4/2011 11:56:02 AM)


Much better than Nightmare Lash. And I always liked Nightmare Lash.
Posted By: Gabriel422 (4/28/2011 10:09:44 PM)


I agree with leomistico. Magic has set up the Mono-Black theme fairly under the radar, and I for one love it. The flavor of Black "requiring" or "enticing" a sort of "full devotion" to the color and giving a player benefits for doing such is totally in line with the color's characteristics and defining qualities. I love it when a card can capture a color's base traits so well (and an artifact card, at that!)

Otherwise, I think this card is a slightly more versatile Nightmare Lash. I absolutely adored Nightmare Lash when I played Mirrodin Block back in high school, and I think Magic created this card as an ode to the older card, splashed with the new set's flashy Living Weapon mechanic and Phyrexian mana. But for the same CMC you get a 0/0 creature just in case you didn't have one (or just wanted one), and if you're aching on life you can pay BB instead of the mandatory life equip cost of Nightmare Lash.

Tip of my hat to R&D for this one.
Posted By: SparkleTiger (6/21/2011 12:39:54 PM)


@infernox10: yeah it's weird, but the phyrexian mana allows you to use your mana elsewhere that turn. Since Phyrexian mana is strictly better than its normal counterpart, consider it a bonus.
Posted By: jsttu (4/29/2011 3:06:01 PM)


@VarteDod & scumbling1:
Nightmare Lash
Korlash, Heir to Blackblade
This, probably among others...
Do you know why they printed so "many" (relatevely many, we're talking about few cards in thousand of others...) cards with the same mechanism? Because of "consistency"... Along with the high number of {B}{B}{B} mana-cost Black spells and the "shade" creatures, this mechanism defines mono-black, the color of complete dedition and surrender. Those cards tell you: "Play Balck and nothing else, and I'll give you the power!".
If there were only Nightmare as this kind of card, you wouldn't identify the mechanism as a "black mechanism", but as a "Nightmare mechanism". So, without rancor, next time you feel to say "Yeah, it might be time to explore some new design space.", maybe think about this... Sometimes it's difficult to recognize this kind of "theme" and its purpose because is quite hidden ... (see all)
Posted By: leomistico (6/21/2011 6:14:32 AM)