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    goblinmasterx is offline Uncommon
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    Default why dismember in elf deck??

    my friend wants me to play dismember in my elf deck...its not even green... 4 life to cast and it doesnt even killl them, just -4/-4...

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    Default Re: why dismember in elf deck??

    It's actually -5/-5, and it will kill a creature if it brings that creature's toughness to 0 or lower. For example, Steel Hellkite (5/5) will be sent to the graveyard for having 0 toughness after a Dismember; Rune-Scarred Demon (6/6) will not, because it will still have 1 toughness afterwards.

    Dismember is an amazing way to deal with many creatures, especially because the black mana portion of it isn't mandatory -- meaning that a green deck, which normally has very few ways to get rid of creatures outside of combat, can benefit from the card. 4 life might sound like a lot, but it really isn't if the alternative means you lose to a particular creature that would stay on the battlefield otherwise.

    The most important thing you can learn as a beginning/intermediate player is this: The only life that matters is the very last point. Until you've gone down to precisely 0 or lower, you haven't lost the game. This is a basic tenet of playing that you'll come to realize after playing a ton of games. Life is to be consumed as a resource, much like mana or cards in your hand. If you really feel the need to replenish that resource through life gain, that option is also available to you.

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    Default Re: why dismember in elf deck??

    can i kill myself with this spell??

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    Default Re: why dismember in elf deck??

    If you have exactly 4 life, yes.
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    Default Re: why dismember in elf deck??

    also if u have less then 4 life

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    Default Re: why dismember in elf deck??

    Nope, only if you have exactly 4. You can't pay life you don't have, so if you have 3 or less, you're unable to pay the cost of 4 life and so you can't cast the spell (unless you have only 2 life and one black mana, that'll do it too).
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    Default Re: why dismember in elf deck??

    if I have 4 life and I have Worship can I cast the spell and end up at 1 life?

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    Default Re: why dismember in elf deck??

    Quote Originally Posted by peanutbutter View Post
    if I have 4 life and I have Worship can I cast the spell and end up at 1 life?
    Nope. Paying life is not damage. Worship will do nothing.

 

 




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