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Turn 3 Deathcult Rogue
Turn 4 Gift of Orzhova
Turn 5 This

^That won me a very close game against my Simic opponent at the prerelease. Said opponent was also my roommate.
Posted By: DacenOctavio (1/27/2013 9:52:31 PM)


You don't need to play cipher spells onto a unblockable, you know.

In fact, if you can, playing it onto a High Priest of Penance would be really dangerous. It's still a 1/1, but now, you're risking so much. It adds a lot of headaches for blocking phases for this reason.

However, for best results, just add Deathcult Rogue. No need to be difficult now.
Posted By: Ferlord (2/1/2013 7:15:47 AM)


Assuming you have an unblockable creature (includes flying), it's already better than Lava Axe.
Posted By: azure_drake222222 (2/2/2013 1:18:15 PM)


I think few people are realising this cards potential in a control deck. This will maximise a big threatening creature with evasion, and think about card advantage with these cipher cards. Sure these cards cost a bit more on the one off because they're potentially going to be played multiple times for free after it's cast.
Posted By: Pterygotus (2/2/2013 10:37:04 PM)


This isn't that bad. It's six damage for 5, assuming your creature gets through. Any further hits increase the ratio of damage to mana. It pays for itself, incredibly after a few hits are in. You're not going to drop it on a creature unless it has some evasion. Throw it on a flyer and it is great in limited. Opponent at 10 life and you have a 2/2 flyer? Cast this, hit them for 3, attack for 2, and hit them for 3 again. Fantastic.
Posted By: igniteice (2/8/2013 9:01:28 PM)


"Shadow Slice!" sounds like something the token ninja character in a fighting game should shout whenever he performs his special move.
Posted By: MisterAction (2/11/2013 11:08:35 PM)


Foil version of this should do extra sparkly damage.
Posted By: zzxyyzx (2/12/2013 2:00:23 AM)


As with all Cipher, Extort makes this thing crazy in the right environment. Stick this on evasion and watch the extort triggers give you value without committing additional cards. The life-loss from extort and this card combined really drains the opponent (or opponents even) rather quickly. Still, five mana is quite a steep investment for something with a real need to be protected.
Posted By: Hugomanen (2/14/2013 5:48:49 PM)


This + Guttersnipe

10 + whatever damage the creature this is ciphered onto is pretty mean. I'm currently working on a Grixis deck utilizing Cipher cards, Invisible Stalker and Guttersnipe.

Thinking I might throw in Illusionist's Bracers to combine with the copy spell ability on Nivix Guildmage. Cipher triggers, and I copy it twice.

Too many moving parts, all the creatures are weenies... But it has potential, I like to think.
Posted By: SRSFACE (2/17/2013 4:54:13 PM)


...because he's the hero Ravnica deserves... but not the one it needs right now.
Posted By: Kryptnyt (2/20/2013 3:47:51 PM)


Gatherer works better in the Companion app!