Unfortunately, we won't be seeing any cheap blink effects while Manifest is still in Standard. The card could be good with access to some kind of reusable blink, but too risky in Standard right now. Has some potential in other formats, but the effects are just too underwhelming unless you can reliably blink it (in which case, it's a pure card advantage engine that can easily lock opponents out of the game).
The effects seem a little weak for commander, but probably good in a deck that can get rid of it very easily like Shattergang Brothers. Would love to see this hit standard with the help of Dromoka's Command.
I'm actually surprised the name "Demonic Pact" wasn't already taken.
Eating up the positive effects and then Donate it to your opponent to kill them seems totally fine.
Its still fairly slow and at least a little bit risky (if they counter your donate stuff) and the effects overall feel a little big weak for the investment of 2BB.
Could have been a way cooler card for the traditional BBB cost.
Would like the part more if it would be "you lose 20 life" or something along that instead of just "you lose the game" , as that would work better with the lifegain from the activation in a more reasonable way.
Yeah mind rot into a painless night's whisper into a tendrils of corruption for 4 or soul feast isn't really worth it especially at 4 mana. Cool card but poorly executed I think they should have pushed it more like would it kill to have draw 3 on there at least? Don't really get it.
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Cool picture, bad card. I hope I can dodge this bullet with my box, but I probably end up opening 2.
4 mana is too much for a crad that doesn't affect the board when it comes into play and even kills you if you get a bit unlucky.
If I want 3 wishes in a 4 mana card, I rather take the siege rhino.
This card is like a gimpy planeswalker, and that might be good enough.
So, if it could use any of its abilities immediately instead of waiting a whole turn cycle until your upkeep, this card would be TOTALLY INSANE. The abilities are Jace, the Mindsculptor power level and this would be a default 4-mana black Planeswalker in any deck who wanted that. Totally bonkers.
As it is, you have to pass the turn before you use it, which is really. really bad. The opponent gets to react and sculpt their hand, or kill it, before you can do anything with it. 2BB with suspend 1 for any of these effects is... I dunno, worse.
The downside essentially isn't one because any format has plenty of ways to deal with it or win with it. But, man, the waiting a whole turn... that blows.