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It caused the Black Summer for a reason, kids.

That's the thing about black - pound for pound, it has the strongest card effects in the game. However, they kill you as they are doing it.
Posted By: Kirbster (7/11/2010 10:36:27 PM)


It's not that i don't like the art, it's well-drawn and has a dark creepy atmosphere.
But i think they should rather have kept the old iconic skeleton necromancer setup and redraw it more nicely, like they did on the Time Spiral suspend cards like Ancestral Vision, Wheel of Fate or Restore Balance.
This would have allowed players to recognize the From the Vault: Exiled Necropotence immediately.
Posted By: Mode (10/26/2009 5:15:05 AM)


Most amazing card ever created. It is perfect. Amazing ability that is hard to use right, excellent flavor of black. Amazing art (I prefer this art though). Name sounds really cool. Interesting ability. I honestly believe this card is better then Black Lotus. I would rather have a single one of these then a playset of Black Lotuses (Barring the fact I could sell the Black Lotuses for these) ;)
Posted By: Rikiaz (1/14/2011 7:47:04 AM)


How can this be rated less than 4.75 stars? Necropotence has to be the 2nd most powerful black card ever printed, right behind Yawgmoth's Will.

Drawing 8-12 cards for paying roughly half your life, within the first few turns... well, once you're beyond the beginner stage, you'll get it. :-)
Posted By: DrJack (12/9/2013 6:52:11 PM)


You don't need bad Vampire cards to negate the life loss. In fact, you don't need to negate the life loss at all.

You play it and win, that simple.
Posted By: faisjdas (9/29/2010 9:47:48 PM)


"Let's take an iconic card with amazing art -- art so notable that it gave the card it's nickname -- and just ruin it!" said the Art Director, "I think a terrible job at foreshortening and some electric-blue pigtails should do the job."
Posted By: scumbling1 (3/11/2011 7:55:04 PM)


This thing is amazing.
I kid you not, in EDH, this card basically says "You win the game." Why? You get tons of mana to play your stuff, and you get tons of stuff to play. Lifeloss for cards is an excellent deal, because each card you play should have the effect of making your opponent lose more than one life.
Posted By: UltimaCenturion (7/26/2010 9:41:00 AM)


Not like you needed that 19 or 39 life anyway.
Posted By: Shadoflaam (6/5/2011 11:14:41 AM)


@jfre81 - Just a correction on what you said, you can use this with Library of Leng because it updated its' oracle text to say "no maximum hand size" and completely removed the "skip your discard step" clause. So Necropotence will give you your cards. Always check up on the oracle text because they do change, and when that happens you go by what that says, not by what the card itself says.

Oh god, if this came back to standard things would get real rediculous. We would probably see another black summer as this would fit right into the mana curve as a drop right before Phyrexian Obliterator. On another copy of this card I read a comment that said you should only play this with Vampires, but I think that having it and Vampire Nighthawk would really throw off your curve. No, you wanna make a powerhouse deck around this card, pure aggro. A deck that lets you grab a bunch of creatures just to drop them, haste them and swing f... (see all)
Posted By: Kitty_the_Kat (7/21/2011 8:20:08 AM)


Definitely one of the better cards in the game. Plenty of combo material with other 'skip your draw phase' cards of all colors.
Posted By: Lateralis0ne (11/16/2009 9:26:47 PM)


Gatherer works better in the Companion app!