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Putting it into perspective, here are a couple situations that provide further evidence stating this card is utility all the way.

Best case scenario: If it comes out and instantly gets bolted, you virtually just played a less pressure inducing Hymn to Tourach, specifically in terms of CMC and card advantage- and forced an answer to be discarded.

Worst case scenario: they allow the card to stay, and you have a 1/1 that can block to put you up in card advantage +1, unless they don't attack whatsoever, which in Legacy is possible.
Posted By: Clicka (9/2/2013 7:48:41 AM)
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"This thing is insane! Out of all the cards, this one is has to be one of the best. Do you block it and lose your guy? or do you take it and risk a ninja smacking you in the face and give them an extra card? Talk about a punisher card. Plus it works wonders as a defender."

Outside of Ninja decks, I think the correct answer would be to take 1.
Posted By: Kragash (10/16/2013 3:59:40 PM)
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What the....

normally I would never compare a card to the likes of Storm Crow, but this thing has some serious power behind it. I mean, obviously, the Crow has an all-important additional point of toughness, but this thing has deathtouch and lets you draw a free card-- that's almost as good! 5/5, definitely!

EDIT: Wait. I just realized, Storm Crow is monoblue, but this thing is both Blue and Black. You're going to have to ruin your entire manabase just to play the Strix, so it's not nearly as good as I thought. 2/5.

I suggest Storm Crow instead.
Posted By: Hungerstriker (10/21/2013 1:30:28 PM)
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They may as well have just named it Card Advantage. Maybe that should be its creature type.
Posted By: General_Naga (7/7/2012 6:06:07 PM)
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This is one of those creatures that are simply amazing for the cost, much like Vampire Nighthawk or Leatherback Baloth .

There are SO many different ways to abuse this creature, to keep bringing it back from the graveyard and keep on getting a free card draw. I'll list one here - Hanna, Ships Navigator.

Scars of Mirrodin and Mirrodin blocks alone have more then enough ways to keep bringing it back to your hand or the battlefield. This is definitely a 4-of auto-include in all UB decks.
Posted By: MechaKraken (5/31/2012 11:13:36 PM)
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This card is playable in Vintage. Ask Mr. Stephen Menendian.
Posted By: ChrisBosh_IronGolem (6/24/2012 12:42:16 PM)
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I love me some two colored god-tier two drops.

For those who can't see it (although I know most of the other people here can)

-It draws you a card for cheap (and therefore replaces itself)
-It has evasion to so you can hit your opponent over and over
-it has deathtouch so it kills your opponent's biggest creature

That's an awful lot for 2 mana.
Posted By: RAV0004 (5/31/2012 8:15:36 PM)
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My jaw literally hit the floor when I saw this. The only drawback to playing this against playing Tidehollow Strix is the lesser power, and most of the time I won't even care about that.
Posted By: Totema (5/31/2012 10:48:32 PM)
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I suddenly have a new favourite card. And EPIC ART IS EPIC.

This card just feels complete.

PS: Wizards, re-edit this so it can be played it in modern. It will be so much fun. It would probably be a little overpowered, but yet, I love it so much xD
Posted By: Lueseto (6/25/2012 6:56:03 PM)
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compare with: Elvish Visionary
Posted By: Tsagaglalal (4/27/2013 7:41:54 AM)
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