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"I can't help but feel like the "It was designed top-down!" is just a cop-out so that people like me can't complain that they just destroyed hexproof. Hexproof is what allowed aura based decks to work.

Even if it was really top-down, it still destroys hexproof.
@Albinobear43 There has always been some kind of hate for almost any type of deck out there. Admittedly, some of these cards are more agressive and can be sideboarded more easily than others, but no matter how cheap some hosers might be when played agains the accordant deck, it still doesn't make it bad in general.
Hosers will only be found in other players sideboards if that type of deck was competitive enough to become part of the meta in the first place, so isn't that merely a sign that such a deck had potential in the first place?

About the card itself: Damn! With that second ability, this is far more than just a sideboard choice!
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Posted By: Mode (1/26/2013 8:45:42 AM)


I don't think it's a good idea to hose a keyword or a play style so bluntly. Admittedly, it's still not as bad as some of the the graveyard hate cards during Zendikar, Mirrodin, and Innistrad.
Posted By: Cyberium (1/23/2013 12:35:43 PM)


uh.... so, I heard that Geist of Saint Traft WAS worth $30+ a few weeks ago... And then, there was this MYSTERIOUS force that drove prices down... I wonder want it was...
Posted By: Ferlord (1/24/2013 12:21:06 AM)


This didn't really hose hexproof as hard as everyone made it seem. The wording on it makes it fun in multiplayer formats, as you opponents get the benefit of targeting also. A random thing to note, you still can't target players with hexproof.

Also I really like the second ability, makes it useful even if there's no hexproof on the board.
Posted By: Captain_Man (8/24/2013 9:07:01 AM)


Look! We found the Invisible Stalker! There he is, get him!
Posted By: Totema (1/22/2013 7:04:15 PM)


The flavor! It burns my eyes!
Posted By: am802g (1/22/2013 2:43:40 PM)


"So wait, a spotlight makes an invisible man visible? What, does the light make him put his clothes back on?"

There's too many potential answers. Eschewing the 'it's a magic spotlight' bit, it could do anything from cast a shadow that makes him targetable, to outlining anything living in a glow, to being a foci that makes one's spells 'homing'-- needs flavor text to explain the 'how'.
Posted By: Zaneshift (9/23/2013 5:07:49 PM)


So wait, a spotlight makes an invisible man visible? What, does the light make him put his clothes back on?
Posted By: SyntheticDreamer (1/22/2013 10:08:21 PM)


Because when they printed Grafdigger's Cage, people stopped playing Reanimator and Snapcaster Mage, right?


If anything, I see its second ability pushing it into Aura decks to load up enchantments on a non-Hexproof creature, and its first ability being used to break Aura mirror-matches. This doesn't kill Aura decks; it's made for them.
Posted By: ThinkOriginal (1/23/2013 9:51:35 AM)


"The card wasn't designed to address a metagame issue (although, yes, later on developers realized it had that potential). Rather, it was designed by Billy Moreno as a top-down card matching the name Lamppost.

A little food for thought." – MaRo

TL;DR: Don't hate, appreciate!
Posted By: Goatllama (1/22/2013 2:52:42 PM)