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Potentially the most fun card in the set.
Posted By: SyntheticDreamer (1/22/2013 10:17:19 PM)
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This thing just screams Arcanis
Posted By: Sterlingrose (1/23/2013 8:59:39 AM)
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Well, you must admire the flavor text. A little broken...Okay, a lot.
Posted By: milez0 (1/22/2013 3:35:42 PM)
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Because I'm sure someone will inevitably ask, an activated ability is anything with a :. You pay a cost to get the effect, and then you can copy it. It doesn't work with triggered abilities like, for example, Riku of Two Reflections' spell copying.
Posted By: Nucleon (1/23/2013 6:08:24 AM)
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Johnny needed more Rings of Brighthearth effects. This is good.
Anyone have any outrageous combos yet? I'm still digging.
Posted By: pedrodyl (1/23/2013 12:38:53 PM)
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Activated abilities, not triggered ones. Nevertheless, still powerful, and particularly fun on guildmages or powerful tapper like Mercurial Chemist.
Posted By: Cyberium (1/23/2013 1:01:27 PM)
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I was putting together an Experiment Kraj deck before I saw this card, totally doing that now.
Posted By: EKraj (1/26/2013 1:55:16 PM)
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Go infinite with Aphetto Alchemist Untappathon. :)

Yeah, Seeker of Skybreak and Tidewater Minion work nearly as well. But people already recognize those two from Elf/Merfolk infinite combo decks, and using the copied effect to untap an artifact opens up many more options for the kill card. Nobody, I mean nobody, will have any idea what Aphetto Alchemist is or why you are playing it... until you go infie and it's too late.

A lot of already-existing infinite combos don't benefit from copying the ability, so this card isn't quiiiiite as "OMG BROKEN" as it seems at first. What we'll really benefit from is having plausible options, alternatives. For example, pretty much every Pili-Pala combo out there is easier to pull off with Illusionist's Bracers, since it basically fulfills the same role as a Training Grounds / Rings of Brighthearth / Heartston... (see all)
Posted By: Salient (1/27/2013 1:28:14 PM)
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Rule 602.1c

An activated ability is the only kind of ability that can be activated. If an object or rule refers to activating an ability without specifying what kind, it must be referring to an activated ability

I hope this ends the confusion
Posted By: TheJord01 (2/5/2013 5:43:28 PM)
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Fun targets in standard.

Bloodline Keeper / Lord of Lineage
Havengul Runebinder
Krenko, Mob Boss
Mercurial Chemister
Mikaeus, the Lunarch
Mindshrieker
Moonveil Dragon
Niv-Mizzet, Dracogenius
Olivia Voldaren
Skirsdag High Priest
Stuffy Doll
Thraben Doomsayer
Trostani, Selesnya's Voice
Xathrid Gorgon
Yew Spirit

And all the Guildmages
Posted By: noobmag1 (2/10/2013 3:37:42 PM)
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