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@klieb: Yeah, this seems good with Forbidden Orchard. Also with Hunted Horror.

For more complicated lulz, Donate this to your opponent and play Tajuru Preserver. Then do whatever you want, like start casting Hunted Phantasms, Hunted Horrors, and Hunted Trolls, Dual Nature, Genesis Chamber...

Ideally you play Pestilence and then cast Hunted Phantasm, responding to Tainted Æther's trigger by nuking all creatures with 1 toughness. 1BlueBlueBlack for a 4/6 unblockable creature that forces your opponent to sacrifice 5 permanents? Seems good...


For thoroughly confusing lulz, add Confusion in the Ranks.
Posted By: Ragamander (2/10/2011 3:24:09 PM)
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Is pretty good with Forbidden Orchard. The orchard becomes tap add one mana of any color to your mana pool, target opponent gets a 1/1 spirt and sacrices a creature.

That is very good in my book.
Posted By: klieb (11/12/2010 6:49:47 AM)
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Is it just me, or can you force draw with Teysa, Orzhov Scion and another black creature out when you play something?
Posted By: RainofKhaos (5/29/2011 4:19:42 PM)
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Also interacts weirdly with seed the land (which happens to be one of my favorite ways to give opponents creatures.)
Posted By: metalevolence (6/3/2011 11:40:17 PM)
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Desperately needs a reprint with that art. The card itself is glorious and can cause such hilarious shenanigans, but that art. That art.
Posted By: DoragonShinzui (5/22/2012 7:27:36 AM)
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Edit: This card is a powerhouse in the right deck. Gifting creatures and bouncing can create a very solid lock or even a concede by as early as turn 3 depending on your starting hand. Dark Ritual, Hunted Horror, Hunted Phantasm, and Warped Devotion work so well together its absurd. Use Echoing Truth to bounce the tokens to make them discard, and then proceed to smash face. I actually have been using a Tainted Aether deck for a while now, and find it quite fun. If you ever get two or more of these out, once you place a single Hunted Phantasm there is no going back for your opponent, if you bounce them sacrificing ten lands and/or creatures is huge.
Posted By: Wasret (6/7/2012 5:42:25 PM)
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This would be a very fun card in a multiplayer game. I could see a lot of people getting mad at you when you play this, especially if you play it first turn with two Dark Ritual.
Posted By: shoalsuser2004 (8/16/2009 2:30:07 PM)
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One of my personal favorite cards. Have a fun Johnny-ish deck based around it that runs:

Tainted Aether
Blood Seeker
Countersquall
Barrin's Spite
Unsummon
Dark Ritual
Phyrexian Arena
Echoing Truth
Clutch of the Undercity (transmute for Tainted Aether, and useful on its own if you have more than one TA out already)
Hunted Horror
Hunted Phantasm
Forbidden Orchard

In the deck, bouncing your opponent's creatures is more efficient than destroying them, and his or her death (often) comes from the constant creatures you "gift" them. A very satisfying way to kill someone.
Posted By: HoboNumber4 (3/17/2011 12:25:06 PM)
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You just have to give it phasing so that it only effects things during your opponent's turn. That or return it to your hand every turn if you have the mana to replay it.
Posted By: TPmanW (11/2/2011 9:16:31 PM)
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Some of the coolest art I've seen on a card like this - very, very cool.
Posted By: Morgaledh (8/26/2012 2:30:30 PM)
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