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Should cost 1R
Posted By: murdershot21 (7/22/2010 8:20:12 PM)


I'd rather play Shriekmaw or even Skeletonize but you can tutor this guy up with Imperial Recruiter if you want.
Posted By: Kryptnyt (8/31/2011 9:56:21 AM)


It seems this card needs some explaining. The effect for this guys kicker cost is not doom blade as so many of you seem to think. Its Dark Banishing which is a more powerful and more expensive card to play.

A "decent" casting cost for a red 1/1 is {1}{R}(a "good" red 1/1 would be {R} and a "great" would be a 1/1 with haste/fist strike/etc or a power of 2< with a reasonable additional cost). The casting cost for Dark Banishing is {2}{B}

Having a kicker effect amps cards by giving card or board advantage and so to balance that the cmc on most are warped.
Posted By: Marlo12345 (3/4/2012 11:22:30 PM)


The art and name had me going for a second and as I scrolled to see the ability...

One of the more approriate times to kill the messenger.

Hahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh... get it?
Posted By: Deepfried-Owls (5/15/2011 6:06:53 PM)


Meh. A 1/1 with a semi-supported creature type that you can staple a Doom Blade to? Not bad but not groundbreakingly good either.
Posted By: Test-Subject_217601 (8/29/2010 9:57:00 AM)


Ew. This card compares unfavourably to Heartstabber Mosquito, and that guy isn't exactly a powerhouse. I'm sure the Emissary got played in limited, because removal is removal, but it's hard to envisage a situation where you'd want to play it un-kicked. Even when you do kick it, a 1/1 on turn 5 isn't really useful enough to make this a real 2-for-1.
Posted By: Mister_Tapwater (11/11/2010 2:19:36 AM)


HORRIBLY designed card.
A 1/1 creature should not cost 2R. It should cost R.
If they didn't want the kicker ability used cheaply, they simply should have increased it to 3B.

They overcosted the useless CREATURE instead of modifying the kicker cost. (!)
Posted By: reapersaurus (5/13/2011 2:13:26 PM)


@Test-Subject_217601: The effect is not like a Doomblade, it's like a Dark Banishing.
Posted By: Tiggurix (10/23/2012 2:15:04 AM)


Red card advantage is usually steeply priced. What not many have pointed out is, this gets around protection from black. Which is exactly the same reason I play Dark Temper in my Crosis, the Purger EDH. However, I'd be more inclined to draft this if it was at least a 2/1.
Posted By: DacenOctavio (12/24/2012 7:54:52 PM)


Nekrataal would send this guy's head back on a stick.

I like the theme though... send an emissary, have him pay extra to murder someone.
Posted By: ThatStunna (1/11/2013 1:31:38 PM)