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Consider a set that is almost entirely made up of artifacts. Consider lands that count as artifacts, ornithopters and frogmites. Now consider that Desciple of the Vault makes an opponent lose 1 life whenever an artifact goes to the GY. Combine this with the fact that many Ravager Affinity decks could play out 4+ artifacts on turn 1 due to affinity, Ravager on 2, and use convolluted mechanics to swing with something crazy like a 12/12 Ravager on turn 3, and when Ravager is blocked, they sac him to himself and give thier unblocked Ornithopter 13 +1/+1 counters... Thats a pretty dead opponent...
Posted By: Rumblin-Slumm (8/31/2010 2:23:43 PM)


In context? This thing can unleash hell even if the only other thing in play is another Ravager. Also, it happens to bring back Sword of the Meek when it comes into play. I played with and against it when it came out. It does look even more scary in Mirrodin, but there were already enough artifacts out to sack for him, and they'll only keep comming. This guy is scary anytime it hits the battlefield.
Posted By: Luke_BPC (7/16/2010 8:19:00 PM)


Think about the already useful one drop Arcbound Worker.

Now add to it the ability to sacrifice any artifact to add another +1/+1 counter. In a block that has Ornithopter, that has Frogmite and Myr Enforcer that can become 0 cost artifacts with affinity, that has the aforementioned Arcbound Worker, that has 6 different artifact lands and that has a 1 drop that deals 1 damage to opponent every time an artifact hits the graveyard from the battlefield.

How much more should this cost? 1. Yeah. 1. This card's pretty good.
Posted By: RedAtrocitus (4/16/2011 10:43:45 PM)


You may take quite a beating for it, but you can Dismantle whatever got all those counters when they're done bouncing them around.
Posted By: SeiberTross (3/29/2011 11:23:33 AM)


This card could have been easily fixed, or at least reigned in a bit. Just replace 'an' with 'another'. Then he could have been blocked (unless you had two out) without Ornithopter shenanigans. Meh, who am I kidding, still broken.

I wonder how it would have affected him if he was 3 or even 4? Would that have been enough to slow those decks down?

That's like saying Black Lotus isn't broken as long as you don't play any of the turn 0 wins it enables. Wizards, themselves, have stated they would have no problem with it if people only dropped turn 5-6 creatures a few turns earlier. Since it's only one shot, that's what removal is for. BY ITSELF it won't do much but be a 2 cost 1/1, not so scary. It's the synergy with other cards that gives almost all 'broken' ones that status.
Posted By: OmegaSerris (10/26/2011 2:59:53 AM)


I'd like to try building around this and Furnace celebration. Pump and damage.. Or as I like to call it: PUMP AND DUMP!!
Posted By: Mike-C (2/25/2012 5:19:11 AM)


"Om nom nom nom nom nom" Wise Arcbound Ravager words.
Posted By: Cthulhu_Shin (8/19/2012 9:33:03 PM)


You might just get that wish. I'd bet the farm that this Beast is going to show up in Modern Masters.
Posted By: ThinkOriginal (10/31/2012 9:17:41 AM)


How the hell the Mirrans lost the war with the Phyrexians with this thing on their side, I'll never know...
Posted By: draco_nite (5/17/2011 12:48:25 PM)


@ Mode: I guess they're some kind of naturally-occurring artifact creature on Mirrodin? The Mirrodin equivalent of the Baloth or Thrinax or Jhovall maybe?

As monstrous as Ravager undoubtedly was, the real evil power behind the throne was Disciple of the Vault.
Posted By: stygimoloch (2/15/2009 10:06:29 AM)


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