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Anyone else think this guy might make a cool General in EDH for mono black? I know he isn't insanely powerful, but thematically it might be cool.
Posted By: Gaussgoat (1/2/2010 7:32:58 AM)


@Hovercraft: Good point, but don't people play Putrefy? Or is that only in Extended?
Posted By: achilleselbow (6/19/2010 2:34:16 PM)


this is not a real shade, just because shades are known for the Black "this creature" gets +1/+1 untail end of turn
Posted By: Crackmore (4/6/2012 7:06:17 AM)


Andrew's Occasional Random Card of the Day #13 - 7/9/2011 - Ihsan's Shade

Usually I know how to pronounce—or at least feel as though I know how to pronounce—Magic card names. But the 'h' and 's' here always flip-flop in my mind. EE-sahn? It probably sounds different if you pronounce it in the Black Speech of Mordor.

This is one of the many cards that came before my time and which make me wish I'd played back then . . . so that I could have an idea of how powerful this guy was, or how scary he was in a playgroup metagame. Before Spikes were prevalent, and before many Johnny cards existed, my sense tells me that most people were Timmies, and this guy seems like a pretty solid black Timmy card. It still just trades with Craw Wurm, though, and we all know how good that guy is! (Right?)

This card also makes me wish I knew more of the Homelands storyline. Who is Ihsan? A fallen paladin of Serra? How'd he get all corrupted, and why does he have a shade?
Posted By: fissionessence (7/9/2011 12:40:18 AM)


Wow. Way better than bog elemental. How did this make the Homelands set? aren't good cards banned from it?
Posted By: land_comment (3/5/2011 10:36:05 AM)


Few decks in Legacy play Terminate or Maelstrom Pulse . There are few other spot removal answers for this card which will see regular play. Probably the best black creature in Legacy. He's great because he can close a game quickly and against most decks that play Swords To Plowshares for removal he will stick.
Was great at least until they printed Go For The Throat (too good - overturns whole history of removal for black in the game...makes black the standard for removal over stp). He's a tank and gets chumped and looks dumb but hes a sentinel in black which is unmatched.. Malakir Bloodwitch dies to lots of burn and 4 is not the same as 5. 5 makes your opponent waste 2 burn spells on him after discarding the heck out of them all game.
Posted By: Hovercraft (3/25/2011 10:12:25 PM)


This is junk by today's standards. If it had one extra ability it could pass for playable.
But for homelands this card was great.
Posted By: TheWrathofShane (12/20/2012 10:51:29 PM)


A shade that isn't a shade.
Posted By: Totema (9/24/2012 6:59:49 PM)


Really sweet artwork.
Posted By: BongRipper420 (10/12/2012 8:16:47 PM)


i put this guy in so many decks back in the day (mostly cause of the art, now that i think about it), and he raaarely paid off
Posted By: thevegetable (9/26/2013 6:00:32 PM)