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I want to make a deck I'll call my "psychology deck" with four of these, four blazing salvo, four Shivan Wumpus, and four fact or fiction.

BTW, play this with Chandra, the Firebrand's Fork-like ability if you're mean.

Guys, folks like scumbling and majinara who knock these "opponent choice" cards are dead wrong. Your opponent might not know what is in the rest of your deck and almost certainly doesn't know what is in your hands. As such, they'll often make the "wrong" choice. For most of these cards, honestly, you're still doing pretty good when they make the "right" choice.
Posted By: Paleopaladin (11/13/2011 11:31:13 PM)


Great with Niv-Mizzet, Will you take 3 and let me draw 3 or just take 5 straight up?
Posted By: TPmanW (1/17/2011 10:51:27 PM)


There's no right choice to make with this card, it's either a very powerful card draw effect (3 for 3, in RED no less!) or a discounted Lava Axe, in other words awesome whatever choice your opponent makes.
Posted By: Arachnos (2/12/2013 11:02:18 AM)


Huh. I don't know why this is good, but I'm fairly new to magic, though no rookie. I'll just be quiet now.
Posted By: land_comment (3/6/2011 8:43:57 AM)


They sure do like reprinting this card. And people sure do like defending it. It seems really good on paper, but the only good "your opponent makes a decision" cards are ones where you can set up the situation such that any choice is bad for them, such as Fact or Fiction and Gifts Ungiven. With this card, they're not going to give you 3 cards unless they are absolutely forced to. If they're in such a situation that they must give you 3 cards or die, you probably already have them on the ropes. If not, you just did 5 damage. Not bad, but red can do better things with one card. In formats where you start with more than 20 life, this card just gets worse and worse.
Posted By: Nagoragama (3/6/2013 6:48:56 PM)


@TPmanW: He would have taken the 5 straight up even without Niv in play.
Posted By: BuffJittePLZ (5/3/2011 5:39:54 AM)


Good in red burn where you can get 5+ damage out of 3 cards.
Posted By: Studoku (6/2/2011 10:52:56 AM)


This card makes me want to change from red blue to just red, even though I don't normally like mono colored decks....
Posted By: wiseguy20 (10/12/2011 9:43:52 PM)


Great card, fills the disability of burn decks to be few handcarded after a few rounds :-)
Lava Axe? Why not use Unstable Footing instead? Damage can't be prevented and it's an Instant, which makes it usable with Braid of Fire
Posted By: b00neyman (1/31/2012 11:04:57 PM)


S hitty Ultimatum
Posted By: darkneoxerosk8r (9/2/2012 10:50:58 AM)


Gatherer works better in the Companion app!