Essence Vortex

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Vintage Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Legacy Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal

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Ice Age Uncommon

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Essence Vortex

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Destroy target creature unless its controller pays life equal to its toughness. A creature destroyed this way can't be regenerated.

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Essence Vortex Discussion

DemonDragonJ on Iconic Masters Announced

2 months ago

I am somewhat excited about this set, but not as excited as I was about Eternal Masters (and I was very excited about that set), because this set does not seem to be the same type of set as the other. Iconic cards are often, but not always, powerful and popular cards, so this set may not have quite as many valuable cards as did Eternal Masters, but I still am excited about it, since I hope to see some older cards reprinted in the new border style.

Some specific cards that I would like to see are Absorb, Backlash, Essence Vortex, Fire Covenant, Fungal Shambler, and Dromar, the Banisher, since none of those cards have ever been reprinted, at all, let alone in the new card frame.

DemonDragonJ on Commander 2016 Spoilers!

7 months ago

I am very surprised that WotC is reprint g only one nephilim; they were the first four-colored cards in the game, and, for many years, the only four-colored cards in the game, so I thought that they would all be guaranteed to be reprinted for that reason.

I am very pleased to see that both Artifact Mutation and Aura Mutation are being reprinted, as those cards have been long overdue for reprints, so I now am very hopeful for a reprint of Essence Vortex.

There was no need for yet another reprint of Sol Ring, but it is a powerful card, so I should not complain about it.

DemonDragonJ on Help me out what do ...

11 months ago

There are so many cards that I wish to see reprinted that I cannot recall all of them, so I shall list them as they enter my mind.

-The "filter lands" from Shadowmoor and Eventide, to lower their prices.

-The shocklands, again, to decrease their prices.

-The "checklands" from Innistrad, to lower their prices, as well.

-Many old-bordered cards, including, but not limited to: Absorb, Worldly Tutor, Backlash, Eladamri's Call, Fire Covenant, Essence Vortex, Ancient Spider, Dromar, the Banisher, Ertai, the Corrupted, and Cromat.

How likely is it that those cards shall be reprinted?

DemonDragonJ on Tibalt, the Tormentor

1 year ago

Many players consider Tibalt to be virtually unplayable, no matter what deck in which he is used, so I seek to make a version of him that is actually playable, or two versions, to be more accurate, as seen below:

Tibalt, the Tormentor (version A) Show

Tibalt, the Tormentor (version B) Show

I chose to make Tibalt both black and red, since his personality fits into those colors, and I increased both his converted mana cost and starting loyalty from his original incarnation. All of his abilities focus on the theme of sadistic choices, the first being for his controller, the other two being for the opponents of his controller. His first ability here is nearly identical to the first ability on his original card, except that his controller may now keep all cards in their hand, at the cost of life. The only difference between the two versions of him is his second ability; the first one is modeled after Essence Vortex, an obscure older card that I believe deserves a reprint, and the second is modeled after Tyrannize, with the life loss reduced to balance the fact that it requires no mana and is repeatable (I was originally planning for it to be only 5 life, but I thought that that would make the choice too easy). His final ability is modeled after Razia's Purification, but affecting only opponents (to fit the self-centeredness of red/black) and allow them to keep four permanents, again, to balance the fact that the ability costs no mana and is theoretically repeatable.

What does everyone else say about these cards? How well did I do with them?

DemonDragonJ on Eternal Masters - Card Spec

1 year ago

I am not certain what cards are "staples" of the eternal formats, but some of the cards that I would like to see in this set are Absorb, Aura Mutation, Artifact Mutation, AEther Mutation, Backlash, Eladamri's Call, Essence Vortex, Fire Covenant, Recoil, Undermine, Chromatic Lantern, Privileged Position, Cromat, Tsabo Tavoc, Ancient Spider, Dromar, the Banisher, and Sol'kanar the Swamp King, mostly because most of those cards have never been reprinted at all, let alone in the new border style.

As for newer cards, I fully agree that this would be a great place to reprint Damnation, and, with the original dual lands not being eligible for this set, I would like to see either the shocklands or the filterlands in this set. Seedborn Muse would also be very nice, given her current market price and the fact that Prophet of Kruphix is now banned in EDH (as a side note: wow, I just checked the price of the muse, and she has almost tripled in value! Did the banning of the prohpet really affect the demand for her by that much?), and I think that one more printing of Bitterblossom would help to make it more affordable.

DemonDragonJ on Commander 2016 Wishlist/Speculation

1 year ago

With a new year having begun, a new Commander set shall soon be released, so I wish to begin speculation about what cards this years set may contain. I know that it may be too early to begin discussing such a subject, but I still wish to do it, nevertheless, simply to express some of my ideas and wishes for the set.

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I have much more speculation to make, but I shall stop, for now, and allow others to discuss this subject. What are your wishes and guesses for this year's Commander set, in terms of both reprinted cards and new cards?

Rhadamanthus on Old-Bordered Cards that You Would ...

1 year ago

I think the only card in your original post that doesn't have much of a chance is Essence Vortex, simply because it isn't good enough to play. It may read well, but in practice it never does what you actually want it to do. I was personally disappointed by this card many many times in my early days of playing. I like and agree with all your other ideas, especially Fire Covenant, because it's awesome.

DemonDragonJ on Old-Bordered Cards that You Would ...

1 year ago

WotC occasionally reprints old cards in new sets, which is good, except that they are not reprinting such cards as frequently as I would like them to do so, and they often reprint the same boring cards countless times (seriously, they reprinted Naturalize and Pacifism at least a dozen times each), so I wish to start a thread in which the users here can mention unusual or esoteric old-bordered cards that they really wish to see reprinted in the new border style. Obviously, we can exclude cards that are on the reserved list, since it is very unlikely that those cards shall be reprinted at any time, in the near future.

First, I would like to see Absorb and Backlash reprinted, since both Undermine and Recoil were reprinted, not too long ago, and all of those cards were originally from the same block.

Next, Fire Covenant and Essence Vortex would both be very nice, since they have unusual effects, but also awkward wording that is in need of an update, and also would benefit from new artwork, as well, in my mind.

I definitely would like to see Ancient Spider reprinted, preferably with its rarity downgraded to uncommon, as it would be very nice for my green/white deck, but I prefer to have all of the cards in my decks have the modern border style.

Given that Death Mutation was reprinted in the first Commander set, I would really like to see the other three mutations (AEther Mutation, Artifact Mutation, and Aura Mutation) reprinted, as well.

I very much would like to see Dromar, the Banisher reprinted, since he is the only legendary dragon from the invasion block that has yet to be reprinted in the new border style. Sol'kanar the Swamp King would also be a very nice reprint, as well.

What does everyone else say about this? What are some old-bordered cards that you would like to see reprinted in the new border style?