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Don't forget that it will always give first strike. Feel free to put it in a limited deck if you think the mana is worth just first strike even if you have few sorceries and instants.
Posted By: Tommy9898 (9/22/2011 11:46:05 PM)


The fact that it always gives First Strike for a reasonable cost (too much for just that on its own, but decent with the pump) makes me consider running this. Pretty much every color has ways of getting plenty of cards into their graveyard without losing card advantage, so it could end up getting a little play. If nothing else, it can lead to some fun times, and a combat math headache for your opponent if you're running combat tricks!

For 30¢ a piece, I'll take a playset! :D
Posted By: Lyoncet (9/25/2011 7:43:10 PM)


Has potential, use an invisible stalker as the carrier and have lots of counters, bounce and overall disruption. meanwhile your creature will get steadily stronger and will relentlessly hit your opponent for increased damage each spell you cast. I could totally see it happening.
Posted By: jsttu (9/24/2011 11:08:48 PM)


this card reads really boring, for some reason, but in practice, it can be really strong. even with only a couple spells in the yard, +2/+0 and first strike is nothing to sneeze at. when you start adding combat tricks to the mix, this thing will just chew right through any defenses your opponent thinks they have and they'll be forced to spend removal on some random one-drop of yours just to make the pain stop until you equip it onto some other random one-drop and resume the beating.

even though it flavorfully seems blue, i find it works best in any kind of green deck featuring trampling creatures and as many combat tricks as you can manage. i'm a big fan of the 'prey upon your dude pre-combat, then bash for huge' technique.

some might call that 'win more', but i definitely see it as 'fun more'!
Posted By: Uhhsam (10/3/2011 4:53:13 PM)


This card is so insanely powerful. Been running it in UB Infect since it hit standard. Between all the cantrips Ponder and Probe. And all your removal you can kill with one hit after the intial touch of a Virulent Wound or Inkmoth. I have won a suprising number of games off of turn 1 Probe by paying life, if they have a slow draw drop Inkmoth and then animate it turn 2. Proliferate here and there, blah blah, the. When they over extend you tack the pike on anything, and slam in for 8 with anViral Drake or Skith.

Even in non poison decks, this was a sleeper card, over looked by Swords and such. The first strike is what breaks it to me. That you can swing in with a Snapcaster for 9 and stuff titan is nasty and just wrong.
Posted By: Durendal857 (2/28/2012 3:05:50 AM)


This is good to use with Sorcery and Instants that draw. Tutor spells that are Sorcery and Instant also help. The most notable one is Sorcery and Instants that add mana to the mana pool.
Posted By: Singe (9/25/2011 12:40:12 PM)


Wasnt sure about this card, but having come here, and seeing the other comments, I think I may run it with a Blue black creature removal deck.
Posted By: Nayban (9/25/2011 1:31:06 PM)


I can see this being run as the win condition in a control deck filled with counters and draw. Simply counter or bounce every threat you opponent throws at you until you draw this and the Stalker. Swing for the win a turn or two later.
Posted By: Necroci (9/26/2011 8:08:12 PM)


Pretty awesome card in a pump spell infect deck. The first strike is huge, and it obviously benefits from used titanic growths and assault strobes. This card and livewire lash are great for pump infect decks.
Posted By: Attract (10/6/2011 4:45:54 PM)


It's a shame it doesn't also count Enchantments, but that might make it a tad too strong. But it would make sense, runes are practically enchantments that you engrave into various objects, why wouldn't a Runechanter's Pike also count enchantments?

Ah well. Great card none the less, my Flying Fortress Crab wielded it like a boss in my Suicide Mill Deck that I drafted. It might eventually find a home in a Burning Vengeance deck that I'm designing.
Posted By: Hylebos (10/14/2011 10:20:07 AM)


Gatherer works better in the Companion app!