Oh yes, we're doing this. We're making this happen now. I finally decided that I'd put it off for long enough. But the time has come! Well now, where to begin? I don't know whether my favorite card ever is Dark Ritual or Necropotence. They go together anyway, so it's really just a matter of emphasis. The mana acceleration from Dark Ritual enables Necropotence to be the powerhouse that it is and the possibility of turning Necropotence into a one-drop is part of what makes me like Dark Ritual so much. Yes, I could play either one without the other. But I'd prefer not to have to make that choice! I've long been a fan of the "Friday Nights" sketch comedy series. In their "Throwback" episode they employ the gimmicky concept that everyone's favorite Magic gameplay environment is the one in which that player first started out. Something like... "What was your favorite era of Magic?" "Zendikar." "And when did you start playing Magic?" "Zendikar." It's silly and, I assume, doesn't really hold true for that many people. But if I were there, it'd be pretty weird... "What was your favorite era of Magic?" "Black Summer. The summer of 1996." "And when did you start playing Magic?" "With Portal, in 1997." I think maybe something is wrong with me. OK, I know something is wrong with me. I'm a Necropotence fanatic (and to be clear, I know that's not the thing that's wrong with me). The card represents the pinnacle of what a Magic card should be, should look like. Even the drawbacks contribute to the whole package, give the card its complete and unique feel. Even the art is perfect... Did I build a shrine to Necropotence? Probably not. I mean, that doesn't seem like something I would do, but it's an oddly specific thing to bring up and now it makes you suspicious and...anyway, I may or may not be plotting to someday get Necropotence unbanned in Legacy. It seems pretty farfetched. How would I even accomplish that? Ha ha, seems pretty implausible and there's probably nothing to worry about. There's a lot more to be said about "The Skull." I personally used it in my own casual decks pretty consistently from 1998 to 2006 or so. And then there's its extensive history in tournaments. Much like its best friend Dark Ritual, Necropotence can be used in combo decks, control decks, and aggro decks. And there are a lot of misconceptions surrounding the card. No, that isn't my preamble to trying to convince you that the card is totally safe and isn't overpowered. The fact that it's powerful is part of why I like it so much. Powerful cards can be fun. Suitable for casual Magic? Well, maybe. That all depends on the circumstances.