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For the true masochist: target yourself.
Posted By: C5r1a5z0y (3/21/2011 8:53:18 PM)


This would make you sweat after having your hand pummeled by hymn to tourach mind twist duress thoughtseize etc.

The kind of deck you would play this in, the scenario would be your opponent has no hand, or you know exactly what is in their hand, you have been chipping their life... when they're down to 5 finish them off with this. Who cares what it costs, you win and they lose... it could leave me with 1 life, no hand, no perms, and put my whole deck in the GY. I still win.

I have a couple sideboarded for my suicide black hand control deck and it's a fun and useful card, albeit situational.

Posted By: Sothasil (4/11/2011 9:08:11 PM)


Totally awesome card! Art, flavor text, instant speed.

Restore Balance, anyone? Oblivion Ring your win condition? Greater Gargadon: for sure! Heck, this card even has synergy with Sandbar Crocodile and Taniwha!

So many ways to abuse this, I love it!
Posted By: mliniscus (7/5/2009 1:21:38 PM)


Ridiculous card in suicide black, it's version of Fireblast.
Posted By: BuffJittePLZ (4/5/2011 1:33:05 PM)


People seem pretty bitter over this card. They don't realize it's potential in black mill decks.

Bitter Ordeal
Posted By: Necrokeryx (5/7/2011 9:14:24 PM)


Love the flavor of this card. Hope black gets more "spite" effects in the future.
Posted By: PhyrexianFryCook (5/15/2011 10:33:27 PM)


second sunrise?
Posted By: Arachibutyrophobia (8/16/2011 9:56:19 PM)


Fun with Kokusho. Swing for five, sac for five, then they lose five = 15dmg dealt and you gain five life. Instant speed, good finisher to just hang around until you need it. Plus the wording says, loses 5 life, that means it cant be prevented or redirected.

Also, it makes me laugh when I play it knowing I'm losing next turn anyways.
Posted By: Gilgamesh3000 (7/27/2009 3:28:03 PM)


At first one might think this is completely unplayable - I also did.

I still think only one part of the additional cost - either discarding your hand or sacrificing all permanents you control - should have done as well at a mana cost of BlackBlackBlack for a lifeloss of 5, but Wizards possibly made both since you could otherwise bring a Swamp, Dark Ritual and this on turn one.
Yet that insanity of additional cost can also be used for your advantage:
*If you can get your opponent to copy the effect. Currently Hive Mind seems to be the only card available, although using Pacts with it is more advisable most of the time...
*Try to protect your cards by exiling them for a period of time, e.g. with flicker effects (which return the cards at end of turn) or by using cards with phasing.
*Use cards which trigger when put into the graveyard like Flagstones of Trokair, and play it as... (see all)
Posted By: Mode (11/4/2009 6:35:38 AM)


@natlrulupu: Yes, but only if you have Oblivion Ringed it prior to using this.
Posted By: Belz_ (1/9/2011 12:19:08 PM)