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Necropotence to be featured in 'Vintage Masters'

Today May 12, 2014 Wizards of the Coast announced in an article by Michael Flores on that Necropotence, one of the most broken Magic: The Gathering cards ever, will be featured in the upcoming Magic Online expansion set Vintage Masters.

Art history of Necropotence
Art history of Necropotence
Photo courtesy of Wizards of the Coast, used with permission.
Necropotence art
Photo courtesy of Wizards of the Coast, used with permission.

Necropotence - BBB
Enchantment (Rare)
Skip your draw step.
Whenever you discard a card, exile that card from your graveyard.
Pay 1 life: Exile the top card of your library face down. Put that card into your hand at the beginning of your next end step.

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Originally printed in Ice Age, Necropotence was first dismissed as a bad card, much like Force of Will was. Why would anybody want to skip their draw phase and pay life for cards? It didn't take too long for players to realize they could overwhelm their opponents with massive amounts of resources.

Necropotence took the Magic: the Gathering tournament scene by storm so hard it resulted in the “Black Summer.” Chris Newton wrote a great article called The Black Summer on MagicDeckVortex that recounts what happened when Magic: the Gathering players suddenly realized to power of Necropotence's card advantage. Jim Grimmet wrote a more detailed piece for StarCityGames, A History of Necropotence, which dives into deck lists from the Black Summer up until creation of Cocoa Pebbles with the release of Tempest. Later in its peak of play, Necropotence also served as the main component of Trix.

Thanks to quick mana from Dark Ritual, Necropotence decks could lead with an explosive start. Hypnotic Specter was a great first turn play, however attacking an opponent's hand with Hymn to Tourach and dropping a Black Knight or Order of the Ebon Hand on your second turn was another powerful option.

Necroptotence allowed you to draw so many cards you could attack an opponent's mana base too. Cards like Sinkhole, Strip Mine, and Wasteland were all used in conjunction with Necropotence at one point or another.

You'll be able to play with Necropotence along with famous Power Nine spells like Ancestral Recall and Time Walk when Vintage Masters hits Magic Online.

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