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I have a feeling this will act as a sort of Green Doom Blade more often than a 2/1 Deathtoucher. I'm not saying this is a Doom Blade, just that it will fill a similar role for Green. I like this card because it acts as (somewhat limited) removal for green or something to dissuade people (like most Deathtouchers) from attacking you or blocking it.

Vanilla refers to plain cards. Having two abilities doesn't fit the general use of the word vanilla. Especially when those two abilities work together to do something extra that is beneficial.

You'd really call Troll Ascetic any form of Vanilla? Seeing as Hexproof and Regeneration are both keywords now. Say what you want but both these abilities are fairly new as keywords (having been around long before thier keywords) to older players and making a word to shorten text doesn't make it any more vanilla in my mind. I'm sure there are others that view french vanilla meaning things... (see all)
Posted By: Eved (12/25/2011 11:20:44 PM)


@Arachobia "Is flash really that worth it?"

Yes. It's the ability to kill any attacking, non-evasive creature for 2. Flash and deathtouch (no pun originally intended, but now 100% intended) is a killer combination. No one doubts the power of the cards you mentioned, but any of those cards let your opponent have a chance to play around them. Flash allows for the element of surprise that can catch your opponent's best creatures. Deadly Recluse might keep your opponent from attacking with that big hitter. Ambush Viper will kill it.

Most likely, you aren't using this turn 2, your saving it for the big kill with your opponent tapped out. As for the 2 power... why not? If it somehow can block two creatures, or if your opponent for whatever reason blocks it with two, or if they can prevent 1 damage, or just plain ol' this is the only creature you have and your opponent has nothing you can lay it out there and swing for 2 until he answers... two is better than one, if only marginally in this... (see all)
Posted By: RedAtrocitus (10/3/2011 10:47:02 PM)


One of my favorite commons in the set. Great trick for green, and will be a high pick in draft.
Posted By: .Blaze. (9/22/2011 10:51:44 PM)


*Snakes on A Plane joke here*
Posted By: WateryMind (10/24/2011 7:27:32 PM)


Surprise! It's death!
Posted By: ThisisSakon (9/22/2011 5:52:30 PM)


This card and Prey Upon are the reason that I decided to splash green in my otherwise red/black aggro vampire deck at the prerelease. I felt nervous about splashing a third color, given that there were very few mana fixers in my card pool. There were a few times when I drew a Forest when I needed a Swamp, on the whole, however, I feel it was a worthwhile investment. After all, it did kill my opponent's Essence of the Wild before the Avatar got out of control.
Posted By: JU4 (9/25/2011 8:41:50 AM)


So green now has:

Instant-speed "destroy non-evasive attacking creature" for 1Green that doubles as a creature in a pinch.
Sorcery-speed creature removal for Green, provided you have a tougher creature.
Instant-speed anything removal for 2Green that gives your opponent an elephant, or doubles as a creature in a pinch.
Sorcery-speed creature removal for 2Green, provided you don't target anything too big.
Sorcery-speed creature removal for 3Green that gives you a token maker, provided you don't target anything too big.

When I started playing, green couldn't touch creatures outside of combat. And I started playing 8 months ago.

@Atogatogatogatogatogatog: Sure, but Bramblecrush is much more in line with what green usually gets to kill.
Posted By: Steinhauser (9/23/2011 10:43:27 PM)


Green removal spells rarely impress me. But I like this one.
Posted By: Fat_Corgi (9/26/2011 2:39:03 PM)


@Eved: "French" vanilla means a vanilla creature with one or two keyword abilities.

That said, I love this card. He's functionally at least an instant that destroys a non-evasive attacking creature. He can also double as a reasonably scary attacker on the battlefield. That, and he fits the flavor perfectly. Not to mention: green doesn't usually get creature removal (Beast Within kind of has us spoiled, I'll admit).

Posted By: TherealphatMatt (9/22/2011 5:43:18 PM)


I actually like this better than winged coatl. It´s more versatile since it is double as helpful for killing your opponent if he has no or few creatures. Also it is green which is the colour of flying removal anyway. In the end it does cost U less.
Posted By: Aun (9/24/2011 12:55:35 AM)


Gatherer works better in the Companion app!