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My grixis control deck LOVES this guy. Running a playset doesn't clump at all. I tend to draw another one just in time when my opponent has an answer to the one. This thing demands an answer when you're facing a deck with heavy counter/spot removal.
Posted By: WarioMan (5/14/2012 12:03:25 AM)
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I like this guy. Make a deck that benefits from the death/sacrifice of your creatures (Soulcage Fiend, Blood Artist, etc.), combine that with this guy's decent 4/3 flyer-ness, and you'll take surprisingly big chunks of life off your opponent.
Posted By: mimitchi86 (5/14/2012 10:12:26 PM)
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He can be a powerhouse in limited, just be sure to have some Bone Splinters handy just in case your opponent Defangs him.
Posted By: SirZapdos (6/26/2012 2:29:25 PM)
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Look at this artwork then look at the album cover for Dio-Holy Diver. I think they look very similar.
Posted By: Leuitikos (6/28/2012 8:54:29 PM)
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You asked for it, you got it.. Blacks T1, worthwhile to play, Demon. Btw, the "Details" for this card just broke my heart, I was planning to build a deck with 4 of these on the idea that if there's 2 out, no other creatures, no sacrificing will be necessary :(
Posted By: Mike-C (7/1/2012 12:56:39 PM)
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I run this in a B/W Demon deck and it is AMAZING. This is a solid card through and through and will easily stall the game long enough to get my other demons rolling. Love it.
Posted By: Halaphax (7/17/2012 5:01:33 PM)
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With Heartless Summoning on the field, he's a Delver variant.
Posted By: Goatllama (8/3/2012 8:43:04 AM)
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He's a pretty efficient beater in my White or Black token deck. Combos well with Skirsdag High Priest so I can continually pump out 5/5 demons, though Magus of the Abyss works even better for that.

For the people asking if you can have two out and not have to sacrifice both to each other... The reason you must sacrifice both is because its drawback should be read as "At the beginning of your upkeep, sacrifice a creature other than this one." Any card with its own name in its text refers to itself.

EDIT: Found the comprehensive rules entry that backs up my second paragraph.

201.4. Text that refers to the object it's on by name means just that particular object and not any other objects with that name, regardless of any name changes caused by game effects.
Posted By: TheShadow344 (8/9/2012 11:34:53 AM)
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I have very mixed emotions about the specifics of this guys ability. By that, I mean the fact that you must sacrifice a creature other than him. On one hand, that means if he's your only creature, no issues. On the other, it means you can't sac him to prevent having to sac other creatures.

Regardless, I'm sure Mono Black Control can still do well with it, because that kind of deck doesn't need more than one moderately sized flyer anyway. So I give this a 3.5/5. It has potential.
Posted By: BongRipper420 (8/16/2012 8:29:42 PM)
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@WoWbolt17 Unfortunately, no. While it doesn't explicity say it on the card, "other than Demonic Taskmaster" just means "other than this Demonic Taskmaster". In the rulings section, you can see that having 2 of these causes their triggers to target each other, thus making you sac both.
Posted By: Augthail (10/2/2012 11:28:44 AM)
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