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I cracked this in sealed prerelease and won with this. Slowly. And all the while forgetting to draw the extra card per turn.
Posted By: Toquinha1977 (8/16/2012 7:42:09 AM)
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It's like Phyrexian Arena fused with Rod of Ruin. It probably won't see much play in standard, but I can see this showing up in a lot of EDH and casual decks.
Posted By: rollinsclone (8/17/2012 10:01:25 AM)
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What's not to love about the Staff of Nin? You get total inevitability for six colorless mana. The extra cards will slowly bury your opponent under card advantage and the pinging will clear out chump blockers and annoying utility creatures, and will also make combat math harder for the opponent. If they are light on creatures, you can just add that damage straight to their face. One staff can keep their planeswalker low, while two staffs can probably finish off most planeswalkers.

You have to build a deck that can stall or rush to six mana to use the Staff of Nin, so blitzing aggro decks wouldn't use it. Anyone else should seriously consider it.
Posted By: Lord_Rumfish (9/16/2012 7:06:25 PM)
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Combos with Staff of Nin
Posted By: TheWrathofShane (10/22/2012 6:26:29 AM)
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Spashable Phyrexian Arena and nice budget alternative to Mind's Eye for EDH decks running colors that don't really have much draw
Posted By: Loozar402 (10/30/2012 4:31:50 PM)
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Question: Can you respond/react to the damage done by staff of nin?
Example: I tried to kill a creature of my opponent with 2 staff of nin, he said he could in reaction sacrafice that creature using the activated ability of another creature of his, is this possible or does the staff of nin damage go around the stack??
Posted By: Silvano (12/4/2012 2:52:05 PM)
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Hey look, it's a planeswalker-issue sonic screwdriver!
Posted By: DacenOctavio (12/27/2012 8:59:48 PM)
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@Silvano, of course it uses the stack and thus can be responded to. Why wouldn't it?
Posted By: sonorhC (1/3/2013 2:14:13 PM)
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today I realized, this is actually the Staff of NIN (Nine Inch Nails)
Posted By: shotoku64 (1/20/2013 1:48:13 PM)
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@dhinge

Not exactly strictly better, since both Jayemdae Tome and Rod of Ruin have lower mana costs. However, this is a much better card than either one of them - or both of them combined - the vast majority of the time.
Posted By: The_Trendkill (2/28/2013 4:22:15 AM)
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