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The cipher card that sets up other cipher cards. This after an invisible stalker will be like a free removal spell a turn.
Posted By: Purplerooster (1/23/2013 5:09:03 PM)


Azorious: "Those Dimir guys are stealing our mechanic and making it better with their cipher mechanic. That's so unfair!"
Dimir: "Well, when you see a good idea steal shamelessly and make it better. Now forget we ever spoke."
Azorious: "What were we talking about? Um...hello? Weird. I could've sworn I was talking about something to someone."
Posted By: chrome_dome (1/28/2013 5:08:18 AM)


Brutal on creatures with reliable evasion, and Dimir has plenty of that. The same could be said about all of the cards with cipher, but the tempo this one gets you is awesome. A pseudo-Frost Titan is a crusher in limited.
Posted By: The_Trendkill (2/20/2013 5:58:02 AM)


Pretty awesome card, ruins attackers and blockers. Best cipher card when you factor in mana cost, a two drop spell like this is just too good.
Posted By: TheWaddleDeeKing (2/27/2013 6:26:32 PM)


It won't untap during your next untap step, but it will untap during the untap step following the one affected by the spell.

The spell basically causes the target creature to "skip" the untap step following the casting of the spell. Unless the spell is cast again on the same creature, it will untap during your next untap step after the "skipped" one.
Posted By: tokensquirrel (5/21/2013 12:49:44 PM)


One of the better Cipher cards. I feel Cipher is a 1 Mana cost ability, and most of the cards are costing 2 for a balanced effect. THIS card however, I think does it right. a Blue Mana cost ability that can be cast again for free (if you hit with someone). This will generally hurt their blockers, as you can perma-lock one of their flying creatures and then move to crush them under your feet with your army of flying creatures.

One of the better Cipher cards, but definitively not the best. High-up there, but I think a 4.5 is worth it for this card.
Posted By: AlphaWolfs (1/22/2013 2:31:10 PM)


There's an interesting thing I hadn't noticed before about cipher: You cast a copy of the spell every time it activates. That might be useful for getting multiple Extort triggers, or for things like Nivmagus Elemental. But yeah, for cipher to be truly useful they need to errata in a clause that says something like "creatures stay encoded even when they leave the battlefield" or something like that, to set them apart from basic auras.
Posted By: Totema (2/3/2013 1:37:28 AM)


It's make your own Frost Titan!
Posted By: novasun (1/22/2013 11:49:24 PM)


Just swallow your pride, Dimir, and say detain. Just say it.
Posted By: Hercynian (1/22/2013 9:04:30 PM)


I think this is gonna be the Cipher card that's gonna see the most play overall. Not only because it's a hell of a lot cheaper than what Cipher spells usually cost, but the ability in itself is quite good. Add the fact that you can encode it is what made the card even greater.
Posted By: Dabok (1/22/2013 3:59:23 PM)


Gatherer works better in the Companion app!