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Slap it on a Forest and use Arbor Elf
Posted By: Murmeldjuret (9/26/2012 2:56:54 AM)


For the low cost of 1BlackBlack, you too can have your very own Phyrexian Arena. Well, you really could. But that's not in Standard anymore, so have this almost-as-good substitute.
Posted By: SyntheticDreamer (9/25/2012 10:44:07 PM)


Well, as we all know, paying life to draw card is usually a good thing!
Posted By: Radagast (10/5/2012 6:47:09 PM)


Mind over Matter is convinced this is Necropotence.
Posted By: DacenOctavio (10/6/2012 6:37:05 PM)


Control decks just got a new friend.
Posted By: .Blaze. (9/25/2012 6:39:05 PM)


This sounds like it should be the name of a Netrunner card.
Posted By: iandustrial (9/26/2012 5:33:43 PM)


Will definitely have to use this in monoblack control.
Posted By: Toquinha1977 (9/27/2012 11:22:57 PM)


A lot of players in my draft group don't seem to believe me when I tell them how good this card is. In most games, if I get this guy out early, I overwhelm them with raw card advantage. And since Rakdos and Golgari are both aggressive creature-based guilds, the life payment is rarely relevant.
Posted By: Viltris (10/9/2012 11:14:02 PM)


It's a poor man's Phyrexian Arena. Good stuff. Costs you a land and 1 life, but you get an extra card. 4.5/5
Posted By: Continue (11/14/2012 9:48:12 AM)


It's actually not strictly worse than phyrexian arena because it has interactions with things like arbor elf and Garruk. Also, you don't have to do the ability if you don't want to. In a small percentage of games, the forced life loss from phyrexian arena would kill you. That draw back was the only thing that justified a card that powerful. This doesn't have that drawback. Of course, it essentially costs 1 to activate. However, it's not strictly worse thanphyrexian arena and is very good.
Posted By: ZursApprentice (11/30/2012 10:03:15 PM)