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Norin the Wary's trusty steed when escaping the Final Judgment...even though any other time Norin is still horribly frightened by it and runs away from it.
Posted By: SyntheticDreamer (5/3/2012 11:12:51 AM)
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Oh my god, delicious combo fuel. They should've named this thing "Johnny's Griffin." The ideas that are popping into my head.... The effect is wonderfully unique. A bit like an Ivory Gargoyle, but less drawback-ey.

At first I was going to say this isn't a Mythic Rare card, but I was looking at it within the context of Limited, and from a Spike perspective. In Vintage, Legacy, or quite a few other extended formats, this thing could cause some seriously delightful chaos in the hands of a talented Spike-Johnny.
Posted By: yyukichigai (9/28/2012 7:47:02 PM)
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Infinite blue mana with Food Chain.
Posted By: Infraclear (7/17/2013 10:18:34 AM)
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I haven't had a chance to play this fellow, but I think underestimating it would be a bad idea. The unique ability strikes me as being particularly powerful if you build around it. City of Shadows was the first card I thought of, but there are doubtless lots of other options.
Anyway, I prefer it when mythics play around in bizarre design space rather than just being broken (case in point: Captain Card Trick).
Posted By: ParishInquisitor (3/4/2013 3:04:41 PM)
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Back from the Brink
Griffins...Griffins everywhere!!
Posted By: Xineombine (6/5/2013 10:30:51 AM)
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I think this card suffers from "not cool enough mythic" status. I've only played two avacyn restored drafts and came in first in both of them. Guess which creature i was never unhappy to draw? This underappreciated 3/3 flier for 4cmc that was passed to me both times. I consider this beast good luck. And amen to the guy who appreciates "weird mythics" instead of "must have" mythics.
Posted By: mflanaga (5/20/2012 2:37:29 AM)
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Looks like Sedris, the Traitor King have a new best friend.

Also goes great with Back from the Brink and Séance.
Posted By: Binaro (4/29/2012 9:52:19 AM)
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You guys worry too much. Maro wrote in his latest column about this exact card, about how this sort of card will be the exception instead of the rule. It's clear that he will make sure that the exile zone will stay unique.
Posted By: Totema (5/8/2012 1:45:04 PM)
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The exile zone was tampered with long before this card.
Posted By: Asmodi0000 (5/4/2012 6:58:33 PM)
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I see and I heard very different opinions about this card... I personally don't dislike it.

Yes, this card is a fist into the exile zone's face, but this doesn't meand WotC is going to make exile the second graveyard (or at least, not yet). This weirdiness makes it a perfect candidate for the mythic status. In my opinion it's better to have weird mythic rares which cost 2 euro than powerful mythic bombs which cost 30 euro (for some months, then the price lowers dramatically, except for some cases). The bombs deserve the rare status, and I'm happy that Vexing Devil and Cavern of Souls are not mythic.

As a last note, I agree that this creature should be a sphinx: sphinxes have mind powers and a great force of will...
Posted By: Paolino (5/10/2012 1:28:52 AM)
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