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This guy is too good at pretty much every possible strategy other than combo.
Block and gain life. Attack and remain unblocked (since your opponent doesn't want to lose all their creatures). Attack and kill a blocker. Seeing this guy across the board is one of the worst feelings available.
Posted By: NoobOfLore (9/28/2012 1:26:44 AM)


im surprised this doesnt have more abilities
Posted By: RDorothy (3/3/2013 12:05:34 AM)


Forget a Vampire deck, this card sweeps the board in any deck that utilizes black. A 2/3 with flying for its mana cost would have been nice but then they decided to be all generous and throw deathtouch and lifelink on it. So he wittles down your opponent with his evasion ability, can take out creatures in a pinch with his second ability, and of course do his part to prevent you from losing the game by fetching you life. This card is the definition of multi-tasking.
Posted By: HeraldOfRazia (3/30/2013 9:47:03 AM)


If you opened this in a Zendikar draft, you slam picked it. You didn't even look at the rest of the pack except the rare, because the only things you took over this were Malakir Bloodwitch, and Sorin Markov. That was it. Sometimes you even took this over Sorin, because that's how fast the format was. In M13, you should still first pick it over almost anything, save Mind Control or a bomb rare.
Astoundingly good card, one of the best creatures ever printed. It's just a solid, solid card. Glad to see it in M13, hopefully it gets more reprints in the years to come.
5/5, 6/5 if I could.
Posted By: Pick15 (2/11/2013 9:37:03 AM)


One of the worst things to see across the board from you in all but vintage.

You WILL lose a card (or more) to it or you WILL quickly lose the game (except combo decks.) A 4 life swing gets out of control fast, especially when he's seen in decks that are tearing apart your hand and battlefield. MBC is scariest when combined with this unholy monster.

Good enough for main-board whenever legal, worth sideboarding if he's not part of your strategy as he will hamper another's strategy efficiently.
Posted By: blurrymadness (4/17/2013 1:28:20 PM)


Please bring Lightning Bolt back. Case in point, this nasty vampire.
Posted By: DeXtrovert (8/26/2013 6:48:36 PM)


"Why are you running him, dad?"

",,, Because we have to draft him."

"He doesn't do anything right...."

"Because he's the power creep Magic deserves, but not the one it needs right now. So we'll draft him. Because he can tank it. Because he's not balanced.

"He's a board sweeping powerhouse. A win condition pull.

"A Dark Knighthawk."
Posted By: DaMaster012 (10/31/2012 11:27:02 AM)


Played with this guy for the first time in Friday night's prerelease. He won many matches for me, including one where I had 2 life and my opponent had 26. Pretty ridiculous for a 3 drop at uncommon. I'll be drafting this guy every chance I get
Posted By: Vedocorban (7/8/2012 8:20:42 AM)


Oh it's a good time to be a black mage....
Posted By: rollinsclone (8/17/2012 10:16:18 AM)


Batman is back!
Posted By: SgtSwaggr (7/5/2012 5:12:16 PM)