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I did the math and I ain't buyin' yer wares, lady.

And for the goofuses saying coin flips ain't black, black can get whatever the hell it wants if it pays life or sacs creatures. DEAL WITH IT
Posted By: Goatllama (9/26/2012 3:05:37 PM)
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Tavern Swindler is to Walking Corpse as Torch Fiend is to Goblin Piker. Uncommon for a situational boon.
Posted By: lorendorky (9/25/2012 11:10:11 PM)
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I'd tap that... but I bet I'd end up regretting it.
Posted By: Villainous1 (10/27/2012 3:11:15 PM)
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Statistically, you break even on life totals when used enough times. However, it does have interesting interactions with cards such as Rhox Faithmender
Posted By: Superllama12 (9/25/2012 6:22:29 PM)
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Although far from a great card, the flavor text is wonderful and any card that requires a coin flip is simply a fun card, let alone how much flavor this card has. Of course, any card that oozes flavor like this makes it impossible for me to hate.
Posted By: Edword23 (9/25/2012 7:57:55 PM)
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...this thing is really cool. There are plenty of ways to cheat at her little game (from Krark's Thumb to the aforementioned Rhox Faithmender to effects like Tainted Sigil (simply use it just before you'd crack the sigil anyway)), and Sanguine Bond makes winning a hell of a lot more dangerous. Plus, you can just tell someone somewhere will bring a Limited final down to the flip of a coin with her.
Posted By: LordRandomness (9/27/2012 3:12:14 PM)
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I'll be honest, i'm more surprised about the cost of 1Black instead of 2Black than i am about this fair lady's ability.
I'm even more surprised that nobody used the word "power creep" yet.

She looks like a fun card for a Sanguine Bond deck.
Then you can tap her and you'll increase the difference between you and your opponent's life totals either by 3 for his favor, or by 9 for your favor. Now those are some lop-sided tavern games of chance :D
Posted By: Mode (10/3/2012 2:50:04 PM)
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This card brings to mind the Gambler's Ruin paradox. Imagine you decide on an amount of money, and then on a coin flip either you or the casino pays that amount. Try this trick: if you lose, double the amount.

Bet $100 if you win, get $100!
if you lose, bet $200, then if you win, you gain a net of $100!
if you lose, bet $400, then if you win, you gain a net of $100!
if you lose, bet $800, then if you win, you gain a net of $100!
and so on.
So you're pretty much guaranteed to win $100. You can't flip tails forever, you'll eventually have to win, right?

Not really. There is the possibility of catastrophic failure-- you could eventually lose enough to bet your entire life's savings and still lose. So playing this game has a large chance of a modest payoff and a small chance of disaster. And here's where the Ruin part comes in-- if you keep playing, you'll eventually find that disaster. You won't break the house's bank, the casino has so much more money than you it might as well be infin... (see all)
Posted By: JimmyNoobPlayer (12/18/2013 5:28:38 AM)
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Odds say you are tapping her every turn for no net gain. Can be cheated a bit, but it's just lifegain, so the value in cheating is pretty low. So she's almost always best played as just a black bear. And if you absolutely need the life, she gives you a shot. Seems fine.
Posted By: RedAtrocitus (10/7/2012 8:56:14 PM)
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This might be the most subtly poetic card Wizards has produced.

"Tap and pay three life to flip a coin. If you win the flip, you gain 6 life."

Perfect iambic pentameter.
Posted By: Salient (1/18/2014 4:54:47 PM)
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Gatherer works better in the Companion app!

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