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What many of you are not understanding is this is not for a control deck (for my part). Mainly its a 2 mana 5 life card, in a black deck designed to drain the life out of your opponent you want them to prefer board position to life. Good spell.
Posted By: Taltor (12/10/2009 9:45:16 AM)


This is a great card, it's either a counterspell or a Lava Axe for less than half the cost. No matter what they choose, you're still getting a bargain.
Posted By: luca_barelli (6/16/2011 6:34:24 PM)


People need to stop acting like this is a decent card. They're going to take whichever one is less good for you. It's a counterspell when you really want them to lose life, and it's a loss of life when you'd really rather they not cast that thing.

It's the exact same as browbeat, only black. Don't give me any crap about "sucking the fun out of Magic." Using bad cards isn't fun. Letting your opponent decide what the card you just played is not fun. This card is not fun, it's frustrating.
Posted By: Verdande (3/22/2012 7:00:16 AM)


As a casual player only, I see this as an extremely mana efficient two drop.

My advice would be as follows - Don't use it as a hard counter but a lava axe. If you expect an opponent to give up Baneslayer Angel for 5 life, you are definetly an idiot. If you expect someone to happily take 5 to the face for a measley BB... then why not?
Posted By: Hayw00d0909 (2/2/2011 2:12:55 AM)


It's a great card. The drawback is minimal, and it is perfect for black. Black control decks still have to do damge, black is good at doing small amounts of damage directly and this dovetails with that strat. It also is amazing for discard strats, since they are going to be desperate to get that spell they saved out and will pay the life.

In an agro deck it's amazing because you can save it for when they are about to get a spell out that will save them from your assault. The key is to only use it in scenarios that make the choice hard for them. Black agro is not red agro: it's more likely to go late/mid game and you need direct damage or some other way of getting in the final punch. Of course, if you've got them down low anyway then it kicks ass. I wou;ld use it in a casual mono-black vampire deck to help get them below 10 life. As for requiring you to have untapped mana, if you are playing agro then you'll run out of cards and prolly have too much mana anyway.

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Posted By: Macsen (5/22/2011 12:15:27 PM)


My opponent was about to kill me anyway, so I played this, paid 5 life, and denied him the pleasure.

Anyway, in my opinion, at least, this is a very playable card. I agree that it doesn't exactly fit in either control or aggro, but there are other deck styles beyond those two.
Posted By: RunedServitor (7/16/2012 9:35:17 AM)


Dash Hopes is horrible. When you need a counter, it causes lifeloss. When you need your opponent to lose life, it counters. It never does what you want, unless you are in a situation where no matter what it does, you win. It's like a coin that, when you flip it, always makes you lose, because your opponent can choose the outcome.

If most of you guys think it's good, why has Dash Hopes never ever been in any successful tournament deck? Because adding Dash Hopes to a deck is a good way to ensure it won't be successful.

Yes, 5 lifeloss for two mana is good. Yes, countering a spell for 2 black mana is good. But the point is that both effects are highly situational. It doesn't matter what the card COULD do, because the only thing it does is what your opponent wants it to. Dash Hopes is like a burn spell that will never kill an opponent, or like a counterspell that works on all spells, except on those where it counts.

In what deck do you want to play it? Control? Dash Hopes is the opposit... (see all)
Posted By: majinara (2/9/2011 11:02:30 AM)


A Counterspell or a Lava Axe for 2!

HOLY CUSS WORD! Think about having all four of these in your hand. O_O
Posted By: DragonLord132 (9/17/2009 10:33:56 PM)


Dash Hopes more like Bad Hopes amirite?
Posted By: Urza_the_Tyrant (11/11/2008 4:06:09 PM)


It's good because, like Lapse of Certainty, it's a non-blue counterspell. How many players are honestly going to expect a counterspell from a deck not running blue?
Posted By: MrPink343 (10/25/2009 2:49:05 PM)