I don’t play as much magic as I used to. It’s one of those things that can be somewhat expensive and I’m just not social enough to get my money’s worth most of the time. I do follow it pretty closely though. I’ve seen just about every card every printed and it is likely not too much exaggeration to say I’ve owned most of them at one time or another. But, man, this is one of the best mixes of flavor and power that I’ve ever seen. I might do a deeper write up on my favorite cards in magic but this has quickly risen up there.
Flavor wise you’ve got this vampire assassin (ok, technically wizard), who is not stopped by such petty things as iron bars. The Tormenter slips through the bars in a fine mist. Immaterial in every sense of the word. You can’t touch it, you can’t destroy it, it’s just there. However, once it reaches its target it can transform back into a powerful Vampire and decimate its target.
I love the impending doom of it, the emotions it presents. Everything about it from a flavor standpoint is amazing. Mechanically this card is a beast. It’ll power madness like it’s nobodies business, reanimator, and a myriad of other graveyard centered mechanics. It’ll even work well with combat tricks like bloodlust and (to a slightly lesser extent) ninjutsu.
Sure, it can’t come back with Sun Titan but it could certainly feed that powerhouse if it wanted to. I don’t currently have a vampire deck (or basically any deck) in the works but I’ll be honest, this makes me want one. Very interested to see how the rest of this set shapes up. I loved the original Innistrad series, this could be another homerun for me.
Now…if only they’d do Kamigawa again…