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I like what they did with this and Imp's Mischief, where they took characteristics of blue and red and pulled them together into a black spell.
Posted By: Etregan (11/20/2009 1:04:26 AM)


I'm not going to lie:
I'm sort of surprised that this doesn't have a higher ranking.
It's essentially a black Counterspell,
But adding an ability to allow something to come through for 1/4 of a normal life total.
This is coming from somebody who hardly plays games against people who do combos, of course,
Where a hard counter is necessarry, obviously.
But, seriously, this card is seriously scary,
Especially because not only do people not see it coming,
But outside of combo, it's a quick tough choice to decide if what you played is worth 5 life.
Posted By: infernox10 (9/28/2010 1:43:31 PM)


Wound Reflection + Sorin Markov. No, it's not a fairy tale.
Posted By: Falgorn (12/26/2010 1:12:12 PM)


"1) When they think they don't need that 5 life they are usually wrong about that.

2) When they think it's not a big deal to let you counter a spell with your black deck, and they'd rather hang onto that 5 life, they're usually wrong about that, too."

I think this just means you play with idiots.
Posted By: Vorthosian (7/7/2009 4:44:49 PM)


It suffers from the Mana Leak problem late game, but paying three mana late game kills you less often than 5 life.
Posted By: Lestat13 (10/16/2009 1:25:41 AM)


Wow, I'm surprised it's only at 3.5. This card is highly underrated for a normal game in Legacy. Both B/W and B/G control decks work amazing in the format, and this card can help out both.
Posted By: Horos_god_of_magic (11/2/2010 12:12:04 PM)


This card is nice, and was a good way to get a Counterspell into black while retaining a black feel. Nonetheless it sucks if your opponent has 5 life to spend. I played against a friend's deck and lost 15 mana to three of these but won anyway. This card can go either way. If your opponent has so much life they can afford to lose 5 without a sweat, you probably need to chip away their life anyway. And if they can't, then you get a counter. It's nice, but it can have it's downfalls.
Posted By: sarroth (1/14/2010 11:34:09 AM)


This is a great card, provided you don't really expect to counter your opponent's big threats. You should take it as an instant-speed Lava Axe for two, which is awesome.
Posted By: Mephastopheles (5/4/2010 2:19:50 AM)


It shines best with other cards that cause life loss on a timer (Maralen of the Mornsong for example) which make the "pay 5 life option" a lil heftier. Against lifegain its hilariously bad, but if you've got a clock on someone, it can speed those up a little. Not great, not garbage, 2-of at most. 3/5
Posted By: Mirvana (8/23/2010 7:52:45 AM)


I love how incredibly powerful the cards from Planar Chaos are.
Posted By: TheTraitorKing (12/28/2009 8:30:05 AM)