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i shunned this card at first too, but i have been playing with one of my green decks and just realized that i have a lot of artifacts and enchantments in it also so if i really came down to it I would def destroy one of my permanents to stay alive.
Posted By: KUSHmonster (2/25/2010 6:16:31 PM)


I have a 1 pt. green deck (all the cards are 1 converted mana cost and green) which this should do nicely in. Barring something weird like that, I agree that I would almost always prefer a naturalize.
Posted By: ddde (7/30/2010 2:41:22 PM)


Yeah, giving an opponent 4 life might not always be worth it just for it to cost 1 less, but I still like it.
Posted By: BrutalJim (3/14/2010 1:13:37 AM)


As someone else has already said, giving opponents four life in exchange for one less CMC is a trade-off that may or may not pay off. Ultimately, I prefer Naturalize.
Posted By: Treima (5/23/2010 3:23:26 PM)


Yeah, sorry not too keen on giving my opponent 4 life. Green's not hurting for mana, I'll stick with Naturalize.
Posted By: coyotemoon722 (1/30/2010 12:55:53 AM)


Definitely designed for Vintage and Legacy.
Posted By: True_Smog (2/7/2010 10:35:05 AM)


This used to be my favorite artifact/enchantment disruption, before New Phyrexia's Mental Misstep was introduced. I'll be curious to see whether Legacy and Vintage use of this card will be annihilated by Misstep. Plenty of people used to pack a few Claims in the sideboard and even one or two in their main deck (especially against Vintage Stax decks with a full load of resistors like Sphere of Resistance and Lodestone Golem). Misstep probably won't change that, since resistors increase Misstep's cost too, and Stax doesn't really have the space to spare. Misstep is probably more of a concern in Legacy.

It's weird how a 1cc artifact/enchantment destroyer is worth four points of life gain, but a 1cc creature destroyer isn't worth life gain equal to its toughness (hardly anyone plays Swords to Plowshares anymore). I wonder how often a 1cc spell with a "destroy target artifact or enchantment, its controller ... (see all)
Posted By: Salient (8/12/2011 9:59:23 AM)


4 life can bite you in the ass if you and your opponent are in a "base race" situation.

Good little card though, 4/5
Posted By: TheWrathofShane (6/3/2013 2:56:06 AM)


it comboes with wellsprings
Posted By: N1N7A (6/27/2011 1:29:29 PM)


great sideboard for infect
Posted By: skorpionrazor (4/6/2012 1:49:31 PM)


Gatherer works better in the Companion app!