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Just like in innistrad, the most effective way to use this is to hold on to it to fizzle a kill spell.
Posted By: Flyheight (7/9/2013 4:28:19 PM)


Man, an Augur of Skulls. Haven't seen that kind in a while. Also, I haven't really heard an MTG skeleton talk, but hey.
Posted By: anotherfan321 (7/9/2013 10:33:00 PM)


Normally, you'll be trading two cards for two cards, but in response to removal this feels dirty. 3.7/5.
Posted By: Purplerooster (7/10/2013 6:28:16 AM)


When I first saw cards like this, I thought that they were bad in all scenarios, but since then I have realized that in the right deck this is really just cheap Divination. For example if you have a Gravecrawler, or a Viridian Emissary.
Posted By: Thornhillforge (7/9/2013 3:13:51 PM)


This flavor text is mostly just disappointing due to the fact that they did not reprint Augur of Skulls with this card.
Posted By: Taudisban (7/14/2013 6:38:34 AM)


Not everything appears on the stack, notably, costs. Costs cannot be responded to. As I see it the scenario would play like this: you tap your 2 mana for the Altar's Reap and sacrifice the creature, THEN you take the Altar's Reap from your hand and put it on the stack. At this point the creature is long gone, and can no longer be sacced to the Bubbling Cauldron. The case would be similar if you were to use the Cauldron first, since it is a cost that activates the Cauldron's ability.
Posted By: Tsagaglalal (7/19/2013 12:38:24 AM)


This is just too situational to be very strong, but with Sign in Blood cycling out mono black might have to use it anyway if they want card draw.

Posted By: Tamerlein (7/18/2013 7:37:36 PM)


Thornhillforge, you have learned a valuable lesson about Magic =)

When you see a card that asks you to pay a cost for something, and basically you can get the same effect on another without that cost, 2 things are usually true:

1. When you don't pay the cost, it costs more Converted Mana.

, Whether it's more splashable or not hardly matters in these cases because CMC really changes things a lot for most cards and because the effects that get this treatment are mostly mono-colored cards for very simple 2- or 1- colored decks.

2. What you should do is disregard the EFFECT, focus on the COST, and try to build a deck that Likes Doing That. :D Then, the effect is 'gravy', the 'cost' is what you are paying the mana to have the Privilege of doing, and you net a lot of Something-advantage (cards, life, power, whatever. usually cards.)

Posted By: DarthParallax (7/14/2013 11:08:24 PM)


For those who know the rules...

Everything works on the stack in this game, right? That means if I actually "pay" the extra cost of the card and choose a target to sacrifice it the effect will still resolve, right? Even when the sacrificed creature may not be in the battlefield after choosing it as a target? So, if I cast this spell and then activate something like Bubbling Cauldron to sacrifice the same card... if that happens, both effects take place or I'm wrong?

Posted By: Keshiji (7/15/2013 2:25:40 PM)


Core-set worthy.
Posted By: LordOfTheFlies87 (7/11/2013 10:15:47 AM)