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Every set, this guy and Serra Angel are reprinted. Serra, of course, having vigiance... damn you.
Posted By: DlCK (7/8/2011 12:52:28 PM)


Haha someone at the pre-release seriously got him AND Crown of Empires.
Posted By: NocteMundi (7/11/2011 4:24:35 PM)


Man, he's been drawing that same knife since 8th edition. I'm very happy that this has stayed with Black for so long, but he could use some new arts. I guess he'd have to worm his way into an actual block for that.
Posted By: Opined_Fluke (10/25/2011 9:31:17 PM)


@Ferlord: Unless Gatherer and a whole lot of people at Wizards are seriously mistaken, this card was not "in every core set since Alpha." Note that Royal Assassin seems to be missing the 5th, 6th, and 7th edition icons. But even if those were wrong, I doubt during the Core Set Survivor promotion Wizards had prior to M12 that they somehow missed that Royal Assassin should have made the list of contestants. The only card to have been printed in every core set from Alpha to M12 is in fact Giant Spider: http://www.wizards.com/magic/magazine/article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/arcana/718

Your general idea, that Royal Assassin is amazing, remains true, though.
Posted By: sarroth (12/3/2011 7:47:03 PM)



I assume you mean Gideon's Lawkeeper rather than Gideon's Avenger; if so, you would be quite right (all 3 cards together would be a nice combo as well). Also, the Crown of Empires would work as well for a mono black deck (although at a higher price). Basically anything that can allow you to tap your opponent's creatures is awesome with this guy (especially to kill those annoying ones with Vigilance).

Definitely one of my favourite cards.
Posted By: RJTheDestroyer (8/7/2011 5:52:25 AM)


When I seem to draw Gut Shot:

Facing Royal Assassin - 2%
Facing Wurmcoil Engine - 98%
Posted By: Tapir (8/8/2011 1:05:00 AM)


I really like him with Frost Breath.

"I'm killing you, now. Next turn, I'm comin' back for your mate."
Posted By: ZEvilMustache (7/24/2011 9:53:41 AM)


Out of all of the reprints (especially for being in every core set since Alpha), Royal Assassin has aged quite well.
It's not like Sengir Vampire who grows crotchety and his somehow aging bones has made him only Uncommon at the nursing home.
No, when the years start to wear on him, he says "F**k you time. If you were tapped, I'd kill you!" while everyone stares in worry as they start to strap him back into the straitjacket and put him back in his room while Sengir starts laughing but also cries a little inside because people don't think the vampire could ACTUALLY kill time.
Because the Assassin has done it before, and he's not afraid to do it again (Wonder why Time Elemental hasn't been reprinted? Now you know. And shut up, it isn't because it's ability is almost useless or whatever).

What i am saying is that Royal Assassin is a good card that was made 18 years ago.

and that old assassin's never lose their touch.

PS. No, I'm not crazy. I... (see all)
Posted By: Ferlord (8/16/2011 8:22:32 PM)


I could see this and Gideon's Avenger being quite a cool pair.

Edit: @Endomarru

Right from the rulings page: Can't target itself because you choose the target before you tap him. At that time he is not yet a legal target.
Posted By: Deco_y (7/7/2011 10:21:30 PM)


loxodon gatekeeper?
Posted By: amadeuswolf (9/12/2011 8:34:58 PM)


Gatherer works better in the Companion app!