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That's some... interesting art.

For some reason I'm reminded of Attack on Titan.

Anyway, anyone who doubts this card's power should try going up against it in Stax sometime.
Posted By: NARFNra (8/20/2013 9:19:19 PM)
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A lot of this card's straightforward power comes from two aspects 1) it can be tapped itself to satisfy its ability, and 2) the fading trigger can be stacked on top of the tap trigger so that it hurts you one less. The result on an empty board is that you tap 4 of your opponent's things in exchange for tapping 2 of yours.

And that's just in a vacuum. Any given deck that plays this could have other artifacts with static abilities, such as equipments, Trinisphere, Winter Orb, etc. And those particularly are cards that go really well with Tangle Wire besides. So the result is often that you Mistbind Clique the opponent for a few turns in a row without losing any tempo yourself.

It's also really great in Multiplayer decks because, like a lot of global Stax effects, they apply to all players. Sticking this, a Winter Orb and an Academy Ruins or Goblin Welder i... (see all)
Posted By: Justice1337 (8/23/2013 12:04:29 PM)
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Per DarthParallax's request:

To who it may concern,

Your Opponent's Turn 3 (doesn't matter who went first)-
They tap Mishra's Workshop and two lands to cast this. They paid 5 mana because they control a Sphere of Resistance.

Your Turn after Opponent's turn 3-
You're trying to be as productive as you can on your upkeep in response to Tanglewire trigger, which will most likely tap all but 1 or 2 of your permanents. Let's just say you skip your turn and draw a card. ..... oh and put a land into play.

Your Opponent's Turn 4-
They tap Tanglewire, Sphere of Resistance, and..... one other thing because they let the fading trigger resolve before the tap trigger. Let's just say they have a productive turn- god forbid they play a Smokestack and/or Crucible of Worlds.

Your Turn after Opponent's Turn 4-
If ... (see all)
Posted By: Enchantment_Removal (8/22/2013 2:49:10 PM)
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This is really annoying with Vorel of the Hull Clade and Seedborn Muse
Posted By: Coralus (9/9/2013 3:02:48 AM)
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Like most artifacts, looks better in the modern frame. That old brown frame just doesn't do it for me.
Posted By: Continue (8/20/2013 5:55:42 PM)
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Is that Miley Cyrus in the art?
Posted By: SirZapdos (10/15/2013 1:38:55 PM)
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more commentors need to talk about how to use this card and why it's good. :P

like, OK, I know "STAX" is a word...but Fading is one of those mechanics that I don't like putting the brainpower into making work good -_-

Why is this better than Twiddle? (I'm not questioning that it must be better if everyone says so...I'm just saying that's Next Level Magic to me- I don't see it)
Posted By: DarthParallax (8/21/2013 12:17:14 PM)
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@ Parallax

Funny you should say that, stax was called "The 4 thousand dollar solution" ($T4KS -> Stax) because that was what it cost when it came out (it's more now...).

This card kicks all sorts of ass, and is essential to one of my favorite archetypes :D 4/5 because it offs itself.
Posted By: NoIHavent (10/13/2013 12:24:53 PM)
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Thank You! :)

I NOW think I know how to actually build a Karn, Silver Golem deck and find the deck that wants to play all of those odd cards like Lodestone Golem ^_^

I knew that lots of individualistic cards out there existed, and I know time is kind of a resource, especially back in the old cumulative upkeep, fading, and vanishing days, but it took a while for things to start coming together for me :)

I suppose Strip Mine and Wasteland would be good for this kind of Colorless Resource Control/Denial deck? Yet that seems more because Strip Mine is an ubiquitously powerful ability to have colorless access to, even no-mana-down....Crucible of Worlds is starting to look a Lot Better to me now. :)

In theory, it always looked nice and all, but it was difficult for me to see how to get into such a lofty position that you can afford to invest setting up a Crucible...Now I see that a RESOURCE DENIAL deck... (see all)
Posted By: ParallaxtheRevan (8/24/2013 5:28:15 PM)
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good at stalling
Posted By: at0micpickle (1/27/2014 5:20:14 PM)
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