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i'l give it a 1 only because it tried.
Posted By: buffalotank (4/23/2013 9:09:22 PM)


Guys...guys...you can CIPHER this. That means you get to cast this every turn...free!

Provided you meet a few conditions beforehand, and want to cast this card for any reason.
Posted By: LordOfTheFlies87 (4/23/2013 11:10:01 PM)


Well, here we go, Dimir's broken Cipher rare. Which is why experts point out Dimir is the least drafted guild.
Posted By: Gcrudaplaneswalker (4/24/2013 10:17:56 PM)


I wanted a card like this, but not in this way, there are too little uses for this card, especially in this block, it really could have been much better, even if it did anything else. I will be using it, it is a combo piece I was waiting for in my mill deck, but I feel cheated.

1. Till end of turn
2. After the combat has ended
3. takes up a rare
4. Almost useless in this block
Posted By: Kalxandore (4/25/2013 10:32:52 PM)


It's a cipher card that always has a target, therefore you can ALWAYS cast it after combat damage. It's dirt cheap and nobody takes it seriously so it won't make ciphered creature priority #1. Seems to me that if your goal is just to sling spells (guttersnipe, nivmagus elemental, blistercoil weird) this card will sit nicely.
It's also a subtlety card, lets you hide a colour in your deck without the need for chromatic lantern. Warleader's Helix from an Izzet deck or a Dimir deck is going to throw people.
Posted By: Odee (5/3/2013 5:35:43 PM)


I think Wizards was really careful in making this card because of Heroic that was added in Theros. This is the only one mana cipher spell, and it's power levels are actually pretty decent if you build a deck around it in standard alongside it's best friend,Akroan Crusader. Here's an example:
Turn 1: Steam Vents coming in untapped, Akroan Crusader.
Turn 2: Steam Vents coming in untapped, two Trait Doctoring, swing for 3, 5 1/1 soldiers.
Turn 3: Island, Akroan Crusader, Hidden Strings targeting the Akroan Crusaders, swing for 7, 11 1/1 soldiers.
Turn 4: Swing for 11, which should be lethal.
This sounds pretty nice on paper, but considering Anger of the Gods is in the same set and it only takes one piece of removal to ruin the whole plan. I will still hope it comes up as a strategy, Izzet Aggro. We can always hope.
Posted By: Brakken (9/22/2013 7:35:47 AM)


the worst of the card is that the two more common scenarios this card would be useful are "landwalk" and "protection" and by the momment you get the cipher that means your creature dealt damage already
Posted By: don_miguel (4/25/2013 5:10:44 PM)


I see many many uses for this card...but relatively few in standard...once you get into modern and especially legacy this can become nasty. I still use magical hack in some old decks and always end up wishing I had sleight of mind instead...this effectively gives me both in one sloth...plus cipher as icing on the cake! The downside is that it only hits permanents unlike sleight/hack which can hit spells being played like instants and sorceries...but still very useful....you can maindeck good ol flashfires or boil with this and tailor it to your opponents colors...or if they run some creature that is pro whatever color you can change its protection....or if its pro blue you can change your blockers around to be able to deal with it instead...and therein lies the other fault..sorcery instead of instant like the hack was..3/5.
Posted By: Guest1515973801 (4/30/2013 8:49:10 PM)


Post-combat mana-filtering. Throw it on a flier to turn your third island into whatever colour you need right now. Helps the Innistrahd dual enter the battlefield untapped.
Posted By: Alter_Boy (4/30/2013 9:36:12 PM)


From Mark Rosewater's blog:

Was the card Trait Doctoring from DGM made with devotion in mind?

Let’s just say we were aware of the interaction.

Devotion to color! Maybe this will have a use! Ruin their Devotion! Use any other color Devotion as Devotion to blue! There's gotta be strats there somewhere.

And it's not like this card isn't running for 30 cents atm or anything, so buying a playset should be easy.
Posted By: NARFNra (8/28/2013 10:12:35 AM)