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At prerelease, I had a couple Onyx Mages. I kept killing off illusion creatures by giving them deathtouch. It was pretty neat.

EDIT: Yeah, realized that about a week later :P Felt like an ***.
Posted By: TherealphatMatt (8/8/2011 5:27:25 PM)


All The Above ^^^^^^^^
Posted By: MasterOfEtherium (7/7/2011 6:46:00 PM)


Absolutely hilarious with Adarkar Valkyrie. The Valkyrie's ability might as well read "Target Illusion has a near-death experience."
Posted By: Lazyblazey (7/21/2011 9:59:11 PM)


This creature is only good if your winning. That isn't good. The other three illusion cards are each a thousand times better.
Posted By: thisisnotmyname (8/3/2011 3:44:33 PM)


Leonin, I think a spell has to resolve to target anything, but I'm not sure.
Posted By: Joseph_Leito (7/11/2011 12:13:05 PM)


Awesome. I love offensive blue, and Dragon makes it even cooler. Am I right to say Lazyblazy is wrong, since a spell or ability targets before it resolves, killing the Illusion in question before the protection is granted?
Posted By: CollectiveC (7/24/2011 6:45:10 PM)


In limited: Probably not a first pick in most cases, but it can be very solid in certain matchups. There's truth in the argument that the "dies to anything" ability will generally be less of a drawback than it looks like. As long as you're not completely dependent on this winning the game for you, you could do worse than to spend 2BlueBlue and a card to make them use a removal/combat trick card. You just need to have other threats and be prepared to board it out against decks that have repeatable targeting options.

In constructed: Not really playable outside Illusion tribal decks with Lord of the Unreal. This is potentially workable in a low-tier casual deck designed to have a lot of efficient threats, but making your opponent use their removal card has less value in this format and you still have to watch out for anything with repeatable targeting.
Posted By: Artscrafter (8/19/2011 10:39:35 AM)


going U/W this winner of draft tournaments

on top of other four mana drops--Crucible of Fire
Posted By: raptorman333 (1/11/2012 10:54:31 AM)


Really surprised, and really disappointed, that this wasn't in Jace's deck on Duels 2012. I love illusion tribal, so getting to play it there is nice, since I don't have to take up space in my stash of Magic cards with a deck I won't play all that often.

Great card, though. It's weird seeing Blue aggro enablers. Note how Gideon's Lawkeeper is a common in the same set.
Posted By: sarroth (3/18/2012 1:40:42 PM)


I usually love Wayne Reynolds' magic and D&D artwork, but this looks way too much like a D&D dragon.
Posted By: kajillion (9/27/2012 12:38:40 AM)


Gatherer works better in the Companion app!