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It's pretty good, but Yawgmoth's Bargain is much better. Waiting until the next turn to be able to use all those cards can make the difference between winning and losing, especially in the only major format this card is legal in (Vintage).
Posted By: Technetium (4/30/2013 2:46:00 PM)


You can attempt to activate Necropotence's ability during your untap step, at which point one of three things will happen:

1. If you are in tournament play, your opponent will call a judge and you will be reprimanded for attempting to activate an ability when you do not have priority.
2. If you are in casual play, your opponent will call you a moron and reprimand you for attempting to activate an ability when you do not have priority.
3. If you are in casual play and your opponent also does not know the rules for priority, one of the passersby will call you a moron and reprimand you for attempting to activate an ability when you do not have priority.

Then the game will most likely proceed to the upkeep step where you will -not- get a trigger from NDE, and if you are in tournament play the judge may rule that you activated Necropotence during your upkeep, dropping you to 1 life, and your opponent will take advantage of your misplay to the best of his or her ability... ... (see all)
Posted By: strider24seven (5/22/2013 1:31:24 PM)



Library of Leng is a replacement effect, so you can pick to put the card on the top of your library or exile it.
Posted By: AcexSpades (7/14/2013 4:35:41 PM)


Imagine if this was in current Standard (Return to Ravnica - Theros), since I want to put its power in perspective. I'm pretty sure "Necropotence-fueled monoblack aggro with a bit of devotion" would have been the only viable deck. Seriously what could possibly beat it? Esper control? Don't make me laugh. The only Standard deck that would have a remote chance of beating it is RDW, the super fast kind that tops out at three for overloaded Dynacharge. Don't even dare playing one copy of Boros Reckoner against that kind of card advantage, and Stormbreath Dragon would be utter garbage. But then the monoblack player has 15 sideboard slots against the one deck (and the mirror match)! It would really be the only deck that remains.
Posted By: sweetgab (11/26/2013 1:38:25 AM)


@ AffinityILY

Necro decks would have healthy hand disruption to make you discard your counters. That or they can first-turn drop necro with dark ritual and you can't counter it unless you have Force of Will.
Posted By: radiknight (4/7/2014 5:36:12 PM)


For those of you who weren't around in the mid-90's...the thing about this card was not only that it was totally broken, but that for some reason, Wizards (the "DCI" as we used to call it) was under some weird spell where they refused to acknowledge it and they reprinted it and talked about it wanting it in every format.

So weird. It was almost like that American Werewolf movie where there's this giant bloodthirsty freak out in the woods that keeps killing the townspeople every night and for some reason all the townsfolk refuse to acknowledge that it's there, even when other people try to point it out.
Posted By: EGarrett01 (4/12/2014 9:16:17 AM)


Ack. I accidentally posted my comment under Dark Ritual. Bottom Line, it's good, but slightly overrated.
Posted By: CFLuke (4/18/2014 11:58:27 PM)


I have the "Garfield vs. Finkel" special edition of this card and it is FOIL.
Posted By: Seigmoraig (4/27/2014 12:07:48 PM)



Though I'd rather have The Skull as well, the card size doesn't really do the art justice.
Posted By: Goatllama (5/21/2014 5:17:23 PM)


Like many of you I began playing during the Black Summer. Most of us understand the value of card advantage and what this does. Reading the comments however there are a few people that have yet to grasp the gravity of what this is, to those people I offer you this. At its core Magic the Gathering is a card game and in that context let's look at what Necropotence does in the context of another game poker. Let's say you are playing someone in poker and you get to play 5 card draw and the opponent must play 5 card stud; statistically you will win more hands of poker because you simply have access to more cards to put together a better hand. You will see more pairs, more three of a kinds, and have chances to attempt to capture straights or flushes vs your opponent who gets 5 cards to put together their winning hand and that's it. Now take that concept and apply it to Magic the Gathering; with Necropotence you get more cards to put together a winning hand. Let's say you are a bit conservati... (see all)
Posted By: SuicideBlackGuy (6/8/2014 4:19:44 PM)


Gatherer works better in the Companion app!