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CardName: Blightning Helix Cost: (B/R)(B/W) Type: Instant Pow/Tgh: / Rules Text: Blightning Helix deals 3 damage to target creature or player. You gain 3 life. Flavour Text: Set/Rarity: Silver bordered and/or joke cards Uncommon

Blightning Helix
({b/r})({b/w})
 
 U 
Instant
Blightning Helix deals 3 damage to target creature or player. You gain 3 life.
Updated on 18 Feb 2016 by Jack V

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2011-02-01 04:27:51: Jack V created the card Blightning Helix
2011-02-01 04:28:02: Jack V edited Blightning Helix

Black has never had "BB. Life drain for 3" but it would probably be only marginally too strong. (Compare Nameless Inversion, Urge to Feed and Grasp of Darkness).

So, as one of the wizards.com color pie articles pointed out, this can EITHER be r/w OR be bb, although r/w is generally stronger as each half is doing its own heavy lifting, whereas black has to stretch to do damage to cr and pl at the same time and gain life as a side-effect.

The mana cost could also be paid by BR or BW which wouldn't necessarily get this, but it's definitely in flavour for both, either as "red damage + black drain" or "black drain + white gain" :)

Nice! It's like Sewn-Eye Drake - which side the black is providing varies with what other mana you pay :)

Black doesn't get this so efficiently, though. See Douse in Gloom and Essence Drain. What you really want is a hybrid symbol for "Either {r}, or {1}{b}" and "Either {w} or {1}{b}"... but let's not ask the symbol designers to do that...

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