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If this hurts you more than your opponent, either you have it in the wrong deck or you're using it wrong.
Posted By: xStrikerx (11/7/2009 10:20:03 PM)


Aaron's Random Card Comment of the Day #28, 11/3/10

This is a pretty sweet card that I don’t think we’ve gotten proper mileage out of over the years. It’s simple to understand yet somewhat difficult to utilize maximally, has reasonable flavor, and is well costed. Great common, yet it has never been reprinted save an appearance in Duel Decks: Divine vs. Demonic.

This card seems to be as good as any to talk about the removal of goofball creatures types (like “Gatekeeper” and “Uncle Istvan”) from Oracle. It was done as part of a long, lengthy process (that still gets argued about in R&D from time to time) that streamlined all creature types into larger chunks so that “tribal” cards would be more compatible with older stuff, reprinted stuff would be consistent with new stuff, and all kinds of other philosophical stuff that I’m sure Randy Buehler, Mark Gottlieb, and myself have written about extensively on the website. Yes, “Gatekeeper” and “Uncle Istvan” are more flavor... (see all)
Posted By: Aaron_Forsythe (11/3/2010 11:06:52 PM)


Innocent Blood on legs that combos with Innocent Blood.
Posted By: BaneSlayerKirby (11/9/2010 9:10:58 PM)


Always loved the word abyssal. Its just so evocative.
Posted By: Stray_Dog (1/15/2011 4:42:52 AM)


Re: flavor text. It is only a 1/1. It probably wasn't as intimidating to Gerrard as the art makes it look.
Posted By: oldtimer96 (6/3/2011 3:51:17 PM)


I put this in my jinxed idol deck, with Flashbag Marauder for maximum edict effects. The deck can handle the attrition with Reassembling Skeleton and the old school combination of nether shadow and ashen ghoul.

Its a pretty delicate card, but has a unique black effect on a small package.
Posted By: jinxedidol (6/16/2011 9:52:47 PM)


This card is a staple in my EDH black decks. It's spectacular for cheap early defense and defense vs. Eldrazi with annihilator. When paired with a Grave Pact or Butcher of Malakir things just get completely silly. Makeshift Mannequining this thing is also quite fun. :)
Posted By: ProfN (6/19/2011 6:41:37 PM)


@tavaritz: Because bury could either mean "sacrifice" or "destroy, can't be regenerated". And, importantly, there was no indication which it was.
Posted By: Tanaka348 (7/18/2011 2:24:21 PM)


I can't believe Aaron didn't mention the ridiculous attempt at getting rid of the term "sacrifice" which occurs in the printed text of this and a few other cards in the Weatherlight set, replacing it with "choose and bury" (later they opted to get rid of "bury" instead since it just meant "destroy" unless regeneration was involved). I think at one point, one of the rules managers actually reverted these cards to their printed wording, so that you could choose an indestructible creature and it wouldn't be destroyed! This is why rules templaters and similar individuals who say "well, TECHNICALLY" a lot make my head explode; they do the exact opposite of the obviously correct thing because they get hung up on silly details that don't matter.

Also, I like the flavor text here. Gerrard was supposed to be a tough guy, and this text makes him sound like one, more successfully than most of his quotes. He's supposed to be scared of this thing? It's a 1/1! Giant bugs with human faces are ... (see all)
Posted By: willpell (6/5/2011 1:59:51 AM)


Combo with Innocent Blood and Grave Pact you sac two creatures, they sac 4 and if you use your last sac on something like Perilous Myr you can damage them too.
Posted By: ChampionofSquee (7/13/2011 2:47:51 PM)