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one of my worst magic memories was when my opponent in a casual game cast this, shouted "YOU DONT HAVE BOOK BURNING" and grabbed my library to put the top six in my graveyard for me while saying "also u take six". it took about 5 minutes to convince him of how the card actually worked
Posted By: Purple_Shrimp (9/25/2012 3:13:26 PM)



The flavour text...why?!?
Posted By: tcollins (1/6/2011 9:44:05 AM)


I HATE this card. I got into like a week long argument with my friends over it cuz they thought everyone took 6 damage since no one owned it (except the guy playing it). I said, no, it says right here in plain ENGLISH, this card says, unless a player has book burning deal 6 damage, not unless a player has book burning. They got really ***ed when I told them they were placing a comma where there wasn't one and to go back to school. I'm pretty sure a friend tried to fight me over it. We asked like 3 people who agreed with me, everywhere i looked online agreed with me, but they never did. Eventually my friend ripped it up cuz it was too much fighting and i had to give up cards to him since supposedly it was my fault. Worst magic moment ever! People, i can't stress this enough, PLAY WITH PEOPLE WHO UNDERSTAND THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE!

phew, that's my rant for the day.
Posted By: sogeking27 (10/3/2012 2:13:13 AM)


The idea is that your opponent has to either to allow you to reach Threshold or take the 6 damage to prevent it - that's the most common way to play the card. Play it on yourself, and see how your opponent responds. I suppose you could try to mill your opponent as well... but that's not what it was intended for.
Posted By: ESUpin (9/2/2009 9:22:14 PM)


This card is terrible. It's bad as a threshold-enabler for yourself, but even worse as a means to try to deck your opponent. If you're concerned with milling, then you're not concerned with your opponent's life total -- of course they'll just take the damage, as their life total is completely inconsequential in that context.
Posted By: scumbling1 (3/2/2011 7:03:21 PM)


Awesome flavor text. Get it? BURNING questions!? HA!
Posted By: Test-Subject_217601 (8/5/2010 10:49:03 AM)


Even more flexible now with bloodchief ascension out now.
Posted By: Kurhan (1/13/2010 4:35:43 PM)


That isn't what it does. "Any player may have Book Burning deal 6 damage to him or her. If no one does, put the top six cards of target player's library into his or her graveyard." That's what it does.
Posted By: Weebo126 (8/4/2009 1:47:44 PM)


@wolfbear2: Yeah, sorry. Targets are declared as the spell goes on the stack (i.e. you cast it). Players get priority, instants might happen, then as it resolves players choose whether or not to take the damage.
Posted By: Tynansdtm (5/9/2012 10:12:21 AM)


That is what the card does actually, hydrogoose. I find it to be an awesome card. Dont know what you think it does.
Posted By: FugimSky (7/8/2009 9:23:33 PM)


Gatherer works better in the Companion app!