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Just what Surgical Extraction needed.
Posted By: Hayw00d0909 (8/1/2011 2:09:00 PM)


Seems almost like the flavor text is making fun of the art.
Posted By: NeoKoda (8/2/2011 10:00:09 PM)


Distress fits the card name PERFECTLY.

Imagine your sister, your mother, OR your girlfriend just want to pick up the most unwanted subject you want hear, or to DO.

Mind you, if you've been shop-gazing with your mother or girlfriend for too long, only to found out a little man crawling out of your head, THAT's when you know you need to see a doctor.
Posted By: SorianSadaskan (8/31/2011 6:46:56 AM)


I really really don't like the thought of paying two mana. The thing is with duress and inquisition is they could be played turn one. turn one inquisition into turn two mana leak is a ridiculously powerful play for the control player, But you don't get that versatility with this card. The fact that you can take any card is nice, though. I think the proper discard split come october is prob ably some sort of 3/4X Despise, 1X distress. I haven't played with this card at all yet, so I could very well be wrong. This topdecked is sure a hell of a lot better than some discard spells, though.
Posted By: TheSwarm (7/10/2011 9:01:19 PM)


With everything else getting slowed down for the next little while, Lightning Bolt nerfed to Shock, Giant Growth nerfed to Titanic Growth, going from Duress to Distress isn't that bad and probably got the best result of the re-balance. Gives casual discard decks a nice curve:

T1: Swamp, Despise
T2: Swamp, Distress
T3: Swamp, Mind Rot

Wonderful art too. 4/5
Posted By: Deco_y (7/7/2011 8:17:11 PM)


I always thought Mire's toll was the best one yet, but this one is great. Anytime I can choose what goes, you're going to have a bad day.
Posted By: ObsceneMartyr (7/21/2011 6:24:03 PM)


I miss Thoughtsieze. So much.
I suppose this isn't bad for Standard, though, better than Duress and Despise, except you aren't going to get a peak at their hand turn 1 without Gitaxian Probe.
As far as Targeted Hand Destruction goes, I'd give it 5/5 for versatility. But its expense is 3/5, for color weight and CMC. Going middle-ground here, 4/5.
Posted By: ZestuXIII (8/12/2011 5:44:25 AM)


Not only does this provide a broader card choice, but I think most have over looked flexibility this provides with player choice; Duress and Despise only target opponents. You can target yourself with this! Granted that this isn't always useful but it adds a nice ripple to the current discard-spell roster. Especially in today's meta.
Posted By: SweatyMess (11/14/2011 4:13:38 PM)


Discard is not really playable in standard at the moment (barring Liliana of the Veil). Slow, inefficient compared to Castigate and Tidehollow Sculler, and almost certainly requiring a commitment to Mono Black, this card has been printed past its usefulness.

I'd much rather play Liliana's Specter because it's going to either bait a counter, eat two cards including a removal spell, or chip them down and advance my clock while slowing them down. Not to mention the recursion potential with Sun Titan, Reveillark, and a Zombify or Unearth effect.

If I'm playing 2 cmc discard, it better do a lot more than put one card into a graveyard. I understand this is a common, but Duress was perfectly fine in its place. For now, the best 1 mana hand reveal option in Standard looks to be Gitaxian Probe if that's what you're really after.
Posted By: DacenOctavio (3/31/2012 2:51:52 PM)


I don't care for the artwork.
Posted By: blindloyalty (6/18/2012 9:49:05 PM)


Gatherer works better in the Companion app!