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If cards weren't exiled for discarding to the graveyard, then reanimating would be broken with this card! Not that this card isn't already broken!
Posted By: bfellow (10/28/2011 9:19:47 AM)


i wish it were still that way... *sigh*
these days players don't want drawbacks on any card, regardless of what it does
Posted By: BlackAlbino (5/13/2011 6:04:05 PM)


Still winning me games after all these years.

To the "learning players" - if you use a Spellbook and Ivory Tower then yes, you can basically draw as much as you want, no discarding to the exile zone. (Library of Leng works too, contrary to what I had posted - thanks Kitty_the_Kat)

This card defines black like no other in the history of Magic. Win at all costs.
Posted By: jfre81 (7/24/2011 2:49:13 AM)


I recently played a casual two-headed giant match where the players of the opposing team both played mono-green infect. Played this card first turn (thank you Dark Ritual!) and from then on I always had seven cards in my hand since my team's life total didn't matter. I drew Venser's Journal sometime later and proceeded to draw at least 10 cards every turn (and with Cabal Coffers out I was able to play most of them too).

The opposing team didn't inflict a single poison counter because, between my teammate and I, we always had an answer to whatever they tried. Attacking and we have creatures? Chump block. Attacking and we can't / don't block? You're giving it +whatever/+whatever with how many pump spells? Destroy it.

People aren't kidding when they say this card singlehandedly wins games.
Posted By: TheShadow344 (12/19/2011 6:16:34 PM)


I wonder, why did this add this line here:
"Whenever you discard a card, exile that card from your graveyard."
I understand that overall, its a drawback, but is there a specific reason they put it on Necro, or because they wanted to balance the power of the card with some random negative effect? I can't see that discarding effect being that important.
Posted By: ICEFANG13 (9/4/2011 1:35:22 PM)


@TheKazu: The reason this isn't on the reserved list is because it was reprinted in a core set. Things that were reprinted (either in Chronicles or in the core set) didn't get reserved listed.
Posted By: adrian.malacoda (12/29/2012 12:56:52 AM)


My favorite card in the game. Extremely overpowered, especially when used with Ivory Tower
Posted By: HippyRei (4/15/2010 11:38:56 PM)


To anyone out there that wants to make this work casually but hates spending life or discarding to the cleanup step, I have two words: Venser's Journal.
Posted By: izzet_guild_mage (9/29/2010 10:36:07 AM)


This is one of those cards, like Wrath of God and Psychatog, that works as a skill level detector.

A noob looks at this card, says "But that's my life... And I have to exile discards? And I don't get to draw?! LAMEEEE"

A learning player says "Hmm... does that mean I can draw as much as I want?"

A master: "I didn't need that 19 life anyway."
Posted By: NARFNra (12/25/2010 5:16:25 AM)


Best card ever...
Posted By: Rlcarioca (5/19/2013 9:18:38 PM)


Gatherer works better in the Companion app!