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Really cool artwork! That card perfectly fits in to healing based deck
Posted By: Neutralion (12/25/2009 1:19:37 AM)


Stranglehold just got added to the list of cards that combo with this.

I tried a deck with her at one point along with Shadow of Doubt as the main feature of the deck... it didn't work very well but that may be because it was too centered around the combo... I think she would work best in the midst of an otherwise normal aggro-control deck so that you could just all of a sudden bring the game to a hault. Flash would make Maralen ridiculously good, as you would get first dibs at searching and could put the lock in place (aether vial seems viable, while things like leyline of anticipation, winding canyons and vedalken orrery are clunky and not extremely useful otherwise... scout's warning is somewhere on the fringe). Countermagic would be key also as u could counter anything your opponent finds on his or her first search and then try to loc... (see all)
Posted By: heenaheena (6/22/2011 12:04:52 AM)


Combos well with Anvil of Bogardan, since you always get to decide whether the searching or the discarding is done first. It locks everyone else out from playing anything but instants (so, if they have any instant speed artifact removal, any instant-speed 3+ damage burn, or any instant-speed kill-spell that hits black creatures, they're probably going to try to fetch one), but you still get whatever you want (you can be prepared). Teferi, Mage of Zhalfir closes that last gap, but good luck with the mana base.

Wait...Underground Sea, City of Brass, Underground River, Darkwater Catacombs, Watery Grave, Sunken Ruins, Drowned Catacomb, Creeping Tar Pit, Darkslick Shores...silly me.
Posted By: Ragamander (11/11/2011 11:12:25 AM)


I was looking up ways to make this EDH General work for a deck. However I ran into a major road block. She isn't fun at all. All the combos you do with her are worse then braids. The games become very slow and grinding with each player waiting until they die. Not fun at all. As for a political tutor though. Just as a part of a deck, not built around her. Sure. She should be fine. Other then that... No. She should not be made as a General. EVER!
Posted By: Yozuk (5/12/2012 2:25:17 PM)


Don't share with the other kids; Vanishing. Phase her out at the end of your turn or in response to kill spells.
Posted By: MC117 (6/3/2012 3:13:25 PM)


Crumbling Sanctuary= You can't die for awhile until Maralen kills you
@GooberSnotPants Yeah except this card prevents losing by being milled, dumbass
Posted By: pedrodyl (10/23/2011 8:55:22 PM)


@Mode: Actually, Shadow of Doubt is one-sided here, as Maralen's ability isn't a replacement effect, you still get to draw your card, and your opponent is stuck with losing three life and a draw phase.
Posted By: Ratoly (5/25/2010 7:23:29 AM)


The only issue with this card, is it benefits your opponent more than you. They will be the first to benefit from its ability, and not to mention will more than likely be searching for a way to kill it so you don't get to search. Non the less it still looks fun. Stopping players from drawing is very rare. You can make it better by adding stuff like Shadow of Doubt, Leonin Arbiter or Aven Mindcensor, this would kill a mass draw deck...
Posted By: ajpinton (2/5/2011 11:48:13 AM)


My friend once built a mono-black EDH with this card as General in order to insta-kill people with Mindcrank. The only problem with her is that everyone else at the table tutors first, and I was playing my WUR control deck. First card I tutored for? Stranglehold.
Posted By: General_Naga (7/7/2012 11:38:43 AM)


I could imagine this being quite popular as an EDH general.
Posted By: BongRipper420 (8/27/2012 7:22:23 PM)