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Thrull Parasite
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 Thrull Parasite
- Gatecrash

Reviewed June 28, 2013

Constructed: 3.25
Casual: 3.67
Limited: 3.50
Multiplayer: 3.87

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Thrull Parasite

Removing a counter from a permanent at the cost of 2 life is a corner-case utility you may never actually use even if you run four of this guy maindeck and drop him turn one in every game. You still should run four of him maindeck and drop him as soon as you can every game, if you're running an extort deck. The value of having a permanent with extort that you can drop first turn is everything in an extort deck and this is the only one I know of that lets you do it. Later in the game, the Parasite is still good in an extort deck because it's another source of extort, and because it's a cheap spell that lets you tack on plenty of extra extort activations.

You might find a use for the counter-removing ability, and if you do, the extort should cover the life loss. But mostly you run it because you're an extortionist. ;)

Constructed- 3.75
Casual- 4
Limited- 4
Multiplayer- 4.75

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Thrull Parasite
At first glance, this card looks rather inferior to its famous ancestor and namesake from New Phyrexia. Of course, Hex Parasite was designed to fight the most overpowered planeswalker in history, and there's not much need for something of its power level in many settings. Thrull Parasite also attacks planeswalker loyalty at about the same rate they usually accumulate it on average, meaning that it might be more effective at messing with other types of cards. I'd try it on vanishing cards, personally: you can make your opponent's tick down faster, or game the system with your own (if a vanishing card's last counter is removed outside of the trigger, it won't die, and never will in the future).
Constructed: 2/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 2/5
Multiplayer: 3/5
Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Thrull Parasite which is a one mana Black 1/1 with Extort that can tap for a cost of two life to remove a counter from target nonland permanent.  A one mana 1/1 with Extort is very playable in mono-Black and can have a role in several Black/White builds.  The second effect has some use against Planeswalkers, but can also support or respond to several effects that require a counter such as Unleash, Persist, or Undying when necessary.  Overall this is a very useful addition to Black and the easy access to Extort can and will benefit many decks in current formats.
In Limited this is a one mana 1/1 with Extort, which is easily one of the most efficient and effective keywords in the block.  That alone is enough to be a definite inclusion in any Black deck in Sealed and an early Booster pick, while the effect is mainly useful against Simic.
Constructed: 4.0
Casual: 4.0
Limited: 4.5
Multiplayer: 4.0

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