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This card has already won me so many games that I wouldn't have won otherwise. Sure, you need evasion, but if you don't have evasion in Dimir or Orzhov you are playing the wrong deck. Fits great on a turn four Keymaster Rogue or Balustrade spy. If your opponent if sitting pretty at 9 life, they're dead. Still, it's strange that the best lava axe ever is black.
Posted By: CapmCrunch (2/22/2013 11:22:38 AM)


This card unfortunately falls from the "too high of a cost" syndrome. You HAVE to build a deck around cipher cards to get this one too work. Luckily, it does quite well when it wants to. If you can get it on turn five and cipher it onto a stalker or something you're in business.
Posted By: TheWaddleDeeKing (2/27/2013 6:33:47 PM)


I'd rather play bump in the night and flashback it.
Posted By: Smoke_Stack (3/3/2013 3:18:36 PM)


If you have this in your sealed pool, play it. Period. This card is an unbelievable blowout in limited. Heck, even just pick one up as a one of in draft. Accelerates games very very quickly, it's on average, I pay 5 mana, you lose 3 life, swing for 2 unblockable, you lose another 3 life, untap, 5 you, you're dead. One of the best common limited finishers for sure. On average, significantly better then Explosive Impact, it deals 6 damage for 5 mana and deals 3 damage a turn after that.
Posted By: Ligerman30 (3/9/2013 10:01:18 AM)


Genuinely one of my favourite cipher cards; sure it's expensive, but in the right deck it's a hit for 9 on turn 5, with an extra 3 each turn? Could be a solid game ender,
Posted By: T20Mad (3/18/2013 1:12:31 PM)


The fact that Cipher lets you cast a copy of that spell is interesting... so anytime you hit somebody with Cipher, the Consuming Aberration ability or Guttersnipe ability get to proc also? Sounds nice to me. This one is a little spendy, but I have won games with it. Works good on unblockable creatures.
Posted By: Eravian (3/18/2013 8:11:01 PM)


for a common, this card does some serious work in the right deck.

Also everyone, try using this with hypersonic dragon. you'll giggle.
Posted By: FaceClaimer (4/18/2013 4:45:13 PM)


It's really just a +3/+0 enchantment that does 3 extra damage on the turn it comes in. The burst can catch people by surprise, but it mostly just loses to standard enchantments.
Posted By: pon3d (4/27/2014 10:12:25 PM)


Gatherer works better in the Companion app!