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Posted By: metalevolence (1/13/2010 1:33:20 PM)


they should functionally reprint this for like 4 mana, it's a cool effect but really impractical here
Posted By: Purple_Shrimp (8/20/2011 11:06:03 PM)


This was actually the first card that made them consider how to represent more than {9} mana. In addition to {5}{5} (some people read it as "55"), they also considered {1}{0} (breaks the way mana symbols are normally added up), and {10} (too small, though this ultimately won out).
Posted By: longwinded (4/20/2011 4:47:28 AM)


@Megrimage: It's oracled the way it is to tone it down. Rules as written on the card you draw X cards, meaning that you get X card draw triggers, for Lorescales or the Words enchantment cycle etc. Now you only draw one card. Of course, why they had to dumb down the power isn't apparent, as it's hardly useful either way. For some reason though, it does appeal to the Johnny in me...
Posted By: Morgrath (12/23/2009 6:50:31 PM)


Soothsaying may be an easier option here. While it doesn't let you put cards away from the top, you can start arranging your library early instead of waiting for 10 mana for the Lamp.
Posted By: Cyberium (12/3/2011 6:23:13 PM)


@A3Kitsune: Obviously you cast the lamp before you put R&D's Secret Lair into play.
Posted By: syrazemyla (6/17/2012 9:06:06 AM)


@syrazemyla Even then, it's still 10 mana... very "cheat it into play" worthy.
Posted By: Zetan (11/30/2012 5:35:32 PM)


55 mana?! thats way over costed!

Posted By: ultratog1028 (4/21/2009 10:25:40 AM)


I really love how the designers back then for the Arabian Nights version weren't capable of simply printing a 10 and decided to put twice a five next to each other.
But aside from a good laugh and nice flavour this card is not very useful. Way overcosted (Even for 10 rather than "55".)
There are plenty better card-drawers out there.
Posted By: Mode (8/12/2009 10:55:05 PM)


Very powerful if you can get it going, but at that mana cost, that's a big if. And with ten mana a lot of decks won't really need anything to dig for a finisher; they should have a finisher already. I could see it in some kind of crazy infinite mana untap loop combo deck, but that'd be for kicks rather than serious competition.
Posted By: stygimoloch (11/21/2009 4:12:02 AM)


Gatherer works better in the Companion app!