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Posted By: Kao_Unagi (8/24/2010 8:50:05 PM)


In a team game, I wait for one of my teammates to Mindslaver an opponent, then I use Layline of Anticipation to let me flash this on their turn, and we have them pay half their life. It's a jerk move, I admit, but it's pretty hilarious, too.
Posted By: themlsna (1/19/2011 5:11:03 PM)


Play in aggro. Drop good creatures for the first three turns, then cast this on turn 4 before combat.
Posted By: Fanaticmogg (2/26/2011 5:30:50 PM)


Well, hopefully not over-focused to the point that you don't have at least the potential for a plan B pre-sideboarding (a plan C would be rather excessive). All the power, speed, and focus in the world won't help if you get outflanked, so one had better have a way to undo the outflanking (granted, this is coming from someone who thinks that games that only take 5-8 turns per side are a little TOO fast to be enjoyable/interactable, or even utilize an appreciable fraction of the library, say one-third...11-14, anyone?). Granted that doesn't help here--can't choose WHICH plan is being executed, and just taking an extra turn doesn't strike me as an alternate plan in and of itself. Although I do tend to think of cards like this, Browbeat, Lava Blister, etc. as being primarily about the life loss/damage, just with a blackmail option thrown in; choosing "draw cards" with Browbeat suddenly looks a lot less obviously preferable when you consider that th... (see all)
Posted By: SkyknightXi (6/10/2011 7:44:50 AM)


@ladnarud THANK YOU!!!
Yeesh... Some people don't bother to think before commenting.

Anyway, I plan to make a blackmail deck with this and painful quandary.
Posted By: cytokin_x (9/10/2011 3:34:12 PM)


Completely unfair choice in EDH. It's a hard choice because you're either losing upwards of 20 life or risking your opponent doing something crazy with his/her additional turn.
Definitely one of my favourite black cards.
Posted By: GrimjawxRULES (4/24/2012 1:37:25 PM)


I've been trying to do something clever with this card for some time now. I think Im failing that, or maybe I just have bad luck, but it dawns on me.

Alot of the people I WOULD play this against.... run Gitaxian Probe.
that ruins any surprises I have! D:
damn brains >_>;
Posted By: Brastus (6/10/2012 7:00:31 AM)


Angel of Jubilation can break this..
Posted By: Mike-C (6/28/2012 4:25:59 AM)


@Mike-C, that actually doesn't work, they're not activating an ability they're paying a cost, it's the same as Norn's Annex, plus one requires {W}{W}{W} and the other {B}{B}{B}{B} so it's pretty hard to cast both without going swamp, then 3 isolated chapels in a row and then it's not even until T5, a very good thought tho, if you could make the choice for your opponent that would be very nice
Posted By: imsully2 (8/14/2012 7:38:01 PM)


Play it in a Maralen EDH deck with Wound Reflection and Reito Lantern. Who wants to die first?
Posted By: James00086 (1/14/2013 5:46:02 PM)


Gatherer works better in the Companion app!