This entry is part 10 of 10 in the series The Power of the Dark Side

By Phil, AKA BeltFedWeapon

True power is achieved through blood and sweat. But mostly blood. -Vampiric Tutor

Part X: Paying Life

 

One of the best indicators to separate out novice magic players from those that have more experience is to gauge a player’s reaction when a Black card requires its caster to pay life.  Newer players tend to value their life as sacrosanct – something that should not be lost and is a measure of if you are winning or not.  More experienced players have realized that your life total is a resource to be used, just like the cards in your hand, graveyard, and in play.  True connoisseurs of Black think: “I’m at 3 life?  No problem, I can still cast my Sign in Blood to draw two cards.”

 

While Black’s strength in having the best tutors is obvious, its strength in being the best color at exploiting your life as a resource is far less so.  With the recent printing of so many very good Black cards that revolve around paying life, it behooves me to give the topic the full treatment.

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