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Creature — Shade
Defender (This creature can't attack.)
(Black): Slithering Shade gets +1/+1 until end of turn.
Hellbent - Slithering Shade can attack as though it didn't have defender as long as you have no cards in hand.
Slithering Shade Discussion
5 months ago
I'll give Smallpox a shot instead of Slithering Shade again (previous version had them in) for a bit but I'm pretty sold on Mutavault + Ensnaring Bridge being pretty useless with all the self discard.
5 months ago
The reason I like running Slithering Shade over Smallpox and Mutavault is that I find that rarely does Mutavault have the option to attack with Ensnaring Bridge if you're locking things up proper anyways and it allows me to run less lands overall for an already low to the ground deck. Having 4x Mutavault like most builds means more lands required since there lots of double Black spells in the deck. Smallpox isn't usually as good late game as Slithering Shade which allows me to put the extra lands to use and also chump block when needed early on. Having Smallpox means higher average CMC which means dumping more stuff to Liliana of the Veil +1 I thank you for the input and I may change things later on but I like how they preform at this time. :)
5 months ago
I think that Slithering Shade doesn't make a whole lot of sense. Something like Smallpox would fit better. You could use man-lands for additional win-cons so you don't have to waste 4 slots on a creature win-con. Something like Mutavault would work well for that additional win-con damage. It also dodges Smallpox .
11 months ago
The creature's stats I think are too big.
The "Defender" and activated ability on the card is basically Slithering Shade: it can block, but can't attack until you have an empty hand. This seems to make a creature cheaper by 2, since we compare it to Frozen Shade (which may or may not be underpowered, since they later printed Looming Shade). At a cost of 4, I would compare it to a Lumengrid Gargoyle with those abilities.
I also think that it should be Legendary, because duplicate copies wouldn't be dead the same way as extra Kami of the Crescent Moon(because it's legendary) and Slithering Shade(because you can only spend mana on one).
If you buy all these arguments, this creature would be a Legendary 4/3 with the same abilities.
I would also say that since the proposed card also has a built-in Hellbent enabler, it should probably also suffer a further reduction in power, perhaps to a 3/3. But, I think I tend to err on the side of underpowered.
2 years ago
5 to 2.0
Out: Rakdos Cackler, Slithering Shade, Dead Reveler, Rakdos Shred-Freak, Splatter Thug, Rakdos Drake, Gore-House Chainwalker, Demon's Jester, Grim Roustabout, Deviant Glee, Riot Spikes, Taste for Mayhem, Nettling Curse, Showstopper.
In: Blood Scrivener, Desecration Demon, Helldozer, Hellraiser Goblin, Lobber Crew, Lord of the Void, Molten Primordial, Ogre Slumlord, Pack Rat, Sepulchral Primordial, Spawn of Rix Maadi, Stalking Vengeance, Breath of Fury, Five-Alarm Fire.
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