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Use with rancor or reassembling skeleton.
Posted By: Laguz (6/1/2011 9:47:03 PM)
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Use with ichor wellspring or mycosynth wellspring. Generate card advantage off of his innate card-disadvantage. Feed it extra lands. You could build around him without him being your finisher, but rather have benefits occur whenever he goes to murder things. Given he's cheap, I might pick up a playset and try him out. Also fine with Nether creatures and their ilk. Who cares if stuff dies when it's free or near-free?

5/3 for 3 is good, just use it right. Much easier to use than Negator IMO, and much harder to have backfire on you.
Posted By: blurrymadness (3/29/2013 11:17:52 AM)
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Not bad! In alot of instances it's better than phyrexian infiltrator nice sleeper card 4/5
Posted By: Combofriend (7/2/2013 10:01:55 PM)
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The nice thing about it is that you can use it like a Ball Lightning if you really need to by saccing itself. Or just sacrifice a Festering Goblin or Perilous Myr that's still alive somehow.
Posted By: NARFNra (8/24/2013 9:04:00 PM)
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I played this, Wretched Anurid, and Pyroclasm. Blood Wall and Grab the Reins.

And that was my very first Top 8!
Posted By: Gabriel422 (7/10/2011 12:02:29 PM)
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By modern magic standards this thing is pretty junky, but it saw some tournament play back when it was in Standard.
Posted By: Akromar (12/7/2009 12:11:25 PM)
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turn 1: swamp, ritual, this
turn 2: Rancor. Swing. Sac the Rancor and replay it on the next turn. It essentially becomes a 7/3 trampler for G each turn.
Posted By: Digit (6/9/2010 1:51:09 PM)
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i prefer beer
Posted By: ttian (3/24/2009 8:35:54 AM)
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The obvious comparison here is Phyrexian Negator. Here's a quick analysis of pros and cons:

Pros:
- Sacrifice occurs only when it deals combat damage
- Only one sacrifice per packet of damage
- No negative side effect to getting damaged

Cons:
- Can't block
- 3 toughness instead of 5
- Lacks trample

I wouldn't say one is necessarily better than the other, but it boils down to preference. That said, 5 toughness and trample are highly relevant, as this might get chump blocked forever (costing you tons of permanents).
Posted By: Equinox523 (5/29/2013 8:23:44 AM)
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Bolt bait. Can't block. Have to sac something every time you swing with him. You would pretty much have to build a deck completely around just this one card, and it isn't even worth playing. Phylactery Lich would be much better in a mono-black deck, and having an artifact in play is much easier to deal with than having to get rid of something every turn.
Posted By: endersblade (6/19/2011 5:00:39 PM)
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