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@majinara: that's a pretty nihilistic/pessimistic way to look at this card and magic in general. You probably shouldn't play any creatures, because your opponent will either use Damnation or Doom Blade or something like that. Then you've paid mana for effectively nothing. And don't play clamp either, it dies to Naturalise. And man, wouldn't you know it, but your opponent has about half the power in a magic game; they'll pick a lot of the outcomes. Pretty bunk odds. Plus, if your opponent is playing control, he'll just kill/counter all of your stuff. You might as well throw in the towel. Not like your top-decked birds of paradise is helping you out.
Posted By: Corey_bayoudragonfly (2/6/2011 4:29:22 AM)


This is underhyped if anything, ya know why?
INFECT. The kind of creatures you really want to chump block. With this equipped, you really DON'T want to chump block them. "bla bla browbeat syndrome, opponent's choice"...
Yes, it is the opponent's choice, and he has to choose between to very bad outcomes.
Why compare anything at all to skullclamp ? Skullclamp was BANNED people. Banned, as in wizards saying "this was a mistake, an error, a fault and should never have been printed, we're sorry". Why compare other cards to that? It's like saying "this land is great, but it's not tolarian academy"... Don't compare cards to banned cards.

With this equip, you either get unblockability or card advantage, for a playcost of 1CMC and equipcost of 1, at UNCOMMON! I'm glad they print cards like this, so good equipment doesn't become an all out mythic rare club.
This is aggro infect's best friend.

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Posted By: Sironos (5/22/2011 5:53:42 AM)


@majinara >> Rating your comment down won't remove the ignorance from it, but it does make me feel better somehow.

Problem one of your opinion: it a.ssumes the aggro player is either an idiot and constantly attacks into a stabilized position, or is already winning anyway because everyone ALWAYS attacks even if it isn't a good idea, right?

Then you pull a Strawman argument out of thin air claiming Wrath, Damnation etc make it a useless card because it cannot draw cards with no creatures in play. OMG, really? Equipment needs a creature in play be effective? Might as well write off ALL equipment cards then since they all require creatures in play to be fully effective. Your argument here is invalid.

Weird Draw spell scenario: Strawman argument through and through. Not only is it a strawman argument it's bringing up a contrived situation where the player makes bad decisions in a situation in order to maintain the claim it's a horrible equipment.

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Posted By: Guest1162619373 (10/12/2010 12:13:34 AM)


Nowhere near as abusable as Skullclamp, but still quite an incredible little card. Its low cost means that it'll find a home in pretty much any deck using creatures.
Posted By: MrQuizzles (9/24/2010 1:55:10 AM)


This is going to be an all-star. It will play very similarly to a fixed form of Skullclamp, and even fixed, that is fantastic. Opponents will be forced to choose between two very bad choices. A big creature with this will be absolutely deadly, especially if you have spells to protect it.

One of the best cards in Scars of Mirrodin I think.
Posted By: SleetFox (9/23/2010 9:25:06 PM)


anyone want to draw 3 cards for 1 green mana? Combine Irresistible Prey with Infiltration Lens for some serious early game card advantage.
Posted By: NinjaFish (9/29/2010 7:18:25 PM)


COMPLETELY disagree with majinara: Solid and honestly constructed-worthy. Especially for sideboard against weenie decks. This is the equipment you want on your beater/infecter who's otherwise always getting chumped. And people WILL group block your infecting tramplers--in which case, you've just about won the game if they're weilding this.

If it makes your opponent waste removal--well that's actually how you WIN at this game. Please waste your removal on my Necropede so that my Phyrexian Juggernaut can wreck face in peace! Oh, you blew your wad too early on your Day of Judgment because my dude weilding this was getting on your nerves? Uh oh, too bad for you!

4/5 or better. When Stoneforge Mystic and Splinter Twin cycle out, we WILL see this used in top decks. Remember, you heard it here first!
Posted By: Paleopaladin (6/20/2011 2:25:26 PM)


People say this is bad for the same bad reason that people say cards like Browbeat are bad. Just because your opponent gets to choose the effect that doesn't mean it's good. Browbeat for example, yes they will just choose the one most advantageous to themselves, but those choices are a quarter of their life and you drawing three more spells to shoot into their face, neither of which are good choices. The idea of these kinds of cards is to actually play well, fork them so that both of the choices screw them over horribly. Read this: http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/XanatosGambit if you think this is a bad card.
Posted By: JanusAurelius (2/10/2012 9:39:39 AM)


This card is really only good if your opponent is bad. It's like Browbeat: a card that your opponent decides the effect of is worse than both its modes, because it will always do what you least want it to do. So if it made the creature unblockable it would be a better card. (Unless you can force blocks somehow, like with Tangle Angler.) This is not a good card, it just looks like one to some people.
Posted By: Rainyday2012 (10/31/2010 5:02:35 PM)


It might be good with Deftblade Elite
Posted By: gotohells (9/24/2010 2:19:13 AM)


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