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I was really sad that Lab Maniac wasn't a legendary creature. Geralf could've been a great candidate.

He was some kind of scientist, he was affiliated with Blue (Geralf's Mindcrusher) as well as Black, and if you read Rooftop Storm's flavour text, you'll understand that he has a Dr.Frankenstein-esque assistant. Not only that, but Maniac is pulling a lever in this art, and lightning is shooting everywhere. It's almost as if he was in the middle of a storm.... hmm...

But then I thought about it: How many effects empty your library? Leveler, Mirror-Mad Phantasm+Clone... Allowing a legendary card to have this ability is just... unacceptable.
Posted By: Ferlord (11/25/2013 2:47:34 PM)
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The best combo I can come up with is:

T1: Shuko 1
T2: Cephalid Illusionist 1Blue
T3: Laboratory Maniac 2Blue + Gitaxian Probe (or wait a turn)

Low, flexible mana costs, all in the same color. The cards are cheap too ($0.19 for the Cephalid, $0.49 for Shuko, $1.00 for Laboratory Maniac at the time of this post).
Posted By: iUseBreakOpen (2/4/2012 6:53:45 PM)
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When you burn someone to death, you get an image of your opponent being immolated.
When you kill someone with a creature, you think of them getting mauled.
When you mill yourself out, the game ends, the screen turns to black,

and all you hear is maddening laughter...

Its the things you don't see that scare you the most.
Posted By: roguepariah (10/4/2011 1:31:32 AM)
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Pretty stylish win with Thought Lash! It staves off damage while you wait to draw into the maniac, then win in one turn. Just hope you don't pull him from your library in the meantime....
Posted By: Kirbster (10/6/2011 10:34:30 AM)
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THEY CALLED ME MAD! I'LL SHOW THEM! I'LL SHOW THEM ALL!
AH HA HA HA HA HAAAHHH!!!
Posted By: Vedalken_Arbiter (9/22/2011 3:22:12 PM)
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They all laughed when I opined the raw potential Thought Lash possessed. They called me MAD. I'll show them... I'LL SHOW THEM ALL!!
Posted By: Drewsel (9/24/2011 1:52:07 PM)
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The flavor text seems a lovely preemptive commentary on what mill players did when this card was revealed.
Posted By: JaFaR_Ironclad (9/24/2011 2:00:09 PM)
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Worried by instant-speed removal? Then Chromatic Sphere is here for the rescue and the win!

None can respond to winning with this mana ability. Not even with Wipe Away. Actually, you can even win while Wipe Away is still on the stack.

And remember, you heard it here first...!
Posted By: Falgorn (9/26/2011 8:19:12 AM)
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This, mirror-mad phantasm in your graveyard, necrotic ooze on the battlefield = win
Posted By: bagilis (9/23/2011 1:15:14 PM)
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Because mad scientists don't suffer from insanity (in Magic terms, mill)... they enjoy every moment of it.
Posted By: Tanaka348 (9/23/2011 5:18:04 PM)
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Gatherer works better in the Companion app!

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