Pojo's Magic The Gathering
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Limited: 3.58 (8 Reviews)
Reviewed June 3, 2002
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is one of those cards that can end up being very
naughty. Its obviously very powerful in Limited
and a great first pick. In Constructed, its high
casting cost makes for very few making your deck.
Cunning wish for Spelljack from the board to take
your opponents Upheavel/Spiritmonger/Fact or
Fiction/etc. In Limited a 4, in Constructed a 2.5
A card that first saw play as
Desertion, and it did see some play. Now we get
to take anything, but at a cost of U more.
I would be hard pressed to
put more than 2 of these in a deck, as it is
hard to have 6 mana open for a counterspell, and
therefore this would only be used in the late
In limited, however, this is
a really good card. You take their game breaker,
and get to use it yourself.
one of the cards revealed early to hype Judgment.
Of course, the whole set was accidently released
early, but never mind that.
looks great, and has so many possibilities, but
the cost is too much. It's like the Jugement
version of Radiate.
Players will simply not be
able to leave 3UUU untapped into their opponent's
turn in constructed. It's a great idea, but you'll
rarely be able to turn the tables with a Spelljack.
The slower game helps in limited play, but the
quality of spells that you can purloin is greatly
Constructed - 3
Limited - 4
fun, but expensive. Way too expensive. 6 mana for
a counterspell is ungodly, no matter how much it
does. Spelljack is also a lot weeker than
Desertion, which us only five. In constructed,
Spelljack is junk, and doesn't deserve to see
play. A fun concept, but it doesn't cut it at 6
mana. A 1 in constructed.
In limited, nope, not worth
it. It's a late pick everytime, and a worthless
card. I give it a 1.5, because at least it can be
pulled off a little more comfortably in limited,
but should see an equal amount of play here as it
does in constructed.
This thing cost a
ton....but that's OK :)
This is going to cause some interesting situations
in constructed play. gonna come down to WHEN
to drop a spell more often than IF. I think
it is costed correctly though. Any less and
it would be too good.
In limited, I would take if I was playing blue
just for the simple fact that I could potentially
use one of my opponents bombs if he drew it up
Wasn't this a movie with
Emilio Estevez in the 80s? Anyway, while the cost
of this spell will make people shy away from it, I
think 1 or two copies in a deck that can take
create card advantage will be pretty easy. If
you've got 4 Looters and 4 Compulsion and 4
Mongrel, you can play Spelljack because if you
can't cast it, you can always discard it.
In Limited, if you're
playing blue - play this card.
Movie tie in: Freejack
Too expensive, too situational for constructed
play... however the advent of "the
wishes" will allow cards like Spelljack to
make some dramatic appearances every so often out
of the sideboard.
In limited play a late game Spelljack could turn a
game 180 degree's by both stopping an opponents
bomb, and at the same time giving YOU the ability
to beat them with their own bomb!! How embarrassing!
Many people are
putting Spelljack down for costing 6 mana. They
say, "If something costs 6, it had better
swing the WHOLE GAME in your favor."
Well that's what Spelljack
does. Not only does it have a massive effect on
the game, being disruption that provides card
advantage, but it has significant synergy with a
few other cards that are already seeing play (and
probably will see more, as a result of Anurid
Brushopper): Upheaval, Balancing Act, and
Obliterate. That's right, counter a creature...
any creature. Reset the board and play the
creature when no one can do anything about it.
Heck, Spelljack your opponent's Upheaval. Play it
when it's more likely to give you the advantage.
But I haven't gotten to the
best part of it. Spelljack is a hard counter that
works on any spell (aside from uncounterables like
Obliterate and Urza's Rage). There is no more
versatile variety of disruption, and this is very
rare in Odessey Block. As a matter of fact, what
is OBC's competition for Spelljack in the
hard-counter department? Fervent Denial and
Liquify. And Liquify is restrictive.
This isn't a card that will
fit into any deck packing blue mana. It may never
be considered an MVP of a deck. But I guarantee it
will be an important part of some decklists.
Spelljack is a
really cool card. It's sort of a countering
spell with a super confiscate tacked on for fun.
I don't see it being played much in constructed
due to the high casting cost. It will be played
in most any limited deck that has islands. It is
particularly strong in Limited due to the fact
that there are fewer "bombs" in
limited decks and countering and then playing
one of your opponent's best cards against them
can be a good road to victory.