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Few black destruction effects allow you to blast away artifacts, but boy, what a cost for that effect.
Posted By: masonthekiller (11/13/2010 7:30:20 AM)


as incredibly terrible as it is, for its mana, cast, cost and rarity... it still smushes a time vault.
Posted By: FrostedFlask (10/29/2010 8:51:25 AM)


Phyrexian Tribute, I would like to introduce you to every card in From the Vault: Relics! I'm sure you'll get along just great!
Posted By: statiefreez (2/24/2011 12:42:00 PM)


The reason why this card was rare was because black literally has no other targeted spell options for dealing with non-creature artifacts, not even via other artifacts. Although we usually talk about Color Pie as something that developed after Mirage was out, the truth was that before the Pie there was an informal set of rules as to what certain colors could or could not do. One of those rules was that Black couldn't destroy artifacts. Within that environment, this card makes a lot of sense. The cost for it is fairly huge, but for a while it allowed monoblack decks to sideboard some solution to artifact effects which shut them down.

These days of course this card is mediocre at best, even in monoblack. Not that monoblack has any more options for dealing with artifacts, but people are more willing to splash for other colors of mana so they can at least sideboard a Naturalize or something. And if you're playing Vintage or Legacy you can always sideboard... (see all)
Posted By: yyukichigai (8/4/2011 8:01:11 PM)


Can someone tell me exactly what combo this was used in? Aside from that, I guess it might have some use if your opponent has an artifact you seriously want to get rid of, and simultaneously you only have 4 cards in your graveyard and need threshold for some reason.
Posted By: BillyBullshot (1/1/2011 5:48:08 AM)


You people make me sad. This is one of the few ways for mono black to trash artifacts in EDH.
Posted By: auriscope (4/24/2011 10:30:03 AM)


It's in the same set that gave us Carrion. Cheap creatures from doomed creature that you can sac.
Posted By: tavaritz (6/6/2011 11:53:41 PM)


Sacrifice 2 Perilous Myr, deal 4 damage to target creature or player and destroy an artifact. There's so many creatures you want in the graveyard for effects, this card isn't so impossible to build around. Being a Sorcery definitely hurts it but there are much, much more useless cards out there. 2.5/5
Posted By: BonniePrinceCharlie (6/27/2011 1:14:25 PM)


The flavor text seems very... off to me.

Not the text itself, but attributing it to Afari, Tales.

Pretty much all other Afari, Tales flavor texts are like little fairy tales, sometimes poetic, sometimes philosophical, but almost always "good", for better lack of a word.

This sounds like it was spoken by a Phyrexian itself.
Posted By: Lord_of_Tresserhorn (2/27/2012 4:18:43 AM)


People are sort of missing the fact that this card is supposed to suck.

Black has almost nothing that deals directly with artifacts. This is basically the equivalent of hornet sting showing how green sucks at direct damage. Its emphasising the colour pie. It is unfortunate that it is rare, but at the time mirage was printed what made a card rare had a very different meaning to today. For mono-black players, who were very popular, this was the only real solution to nasty artifacts for a long time. So commenting on it by today's standards is sort of unfair. Its rating today may be rubbish because so much has come out since then, but to assumes its always been that bed is foolish
Posted By: Arachobia (3/17/2012 4:40:28 AM)