Pojo's Magic The Gathering
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Limited: 1.96 (7 Reviews)
Reviewed June 12, 2002
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card that is very situational, I don't know that
this card is worth including in any deck. I think
there are just better cards for every situation. A
1 in limited and a 1.5 in constructed.
Pickers can't be choosers. Countermagic in
OBC isn't what we blue mages would like it to
be... but Envelop is surprisingly good. I'm
currently testing the supposed "top
tier" decks of OBC with a friend, and here's
the list of spells that are all stopped by Envelop
in our "gauntlet."
And that's just a short list. Red and Green
has an even higher quantity of playable sorceries.
There's no arguing that the price is right, and
it's one of the few ways to stop an opponent who
goes first from resolving Quiet Specutaion.
effect. However, I can think of few situations
where I would want this effect over Counterspell
itself, or many of the other variants. If it had
said, counter target instant spell, maybe. But
This counterspell is
also too conditional for me to play in limited.
Who knows, they may have a sorcery bomb, and
then if I had this I might side it in. But I
wouldn't start this.
This is one of the few counters in
block that is actually worth playing.
Block now has this, and Circular Logic as the
only counters that are even worth playing.
Envelop has potential, because it counters most
of the token cards, which are sorceries. it also
counters the sorcery powerhouses such as Browbeat.
Let you draw three, I take 5.... or how 'bout
In constructed, it gets a liberal rating of 3,
because it can do a lot, but if it's maindeck
worthy can depend from player to player.
In limited, I'd play it. Counters, though, are
always 21, 22, or 23 cards in my draft deck, even
Spelljack (I admit that I screwed up my Spelljack
review. I misread the card, and would have rated
it higher had I not misread it.) Still, this one
can be potentially annoying to quite a few draft
I give it a 2 in limited, because it can be
good, but not high pick calibur.
No Review Today.
a moderately nice sideboard card in Constructed
against some decks (and more as Roar of the Wurm
starts hitting graveyards in multiples of 3) this
card is not particularly playable in Limited. It's
a reasonable card, though.
Add another E and
it's a piece of paper with glue!
situational. I wouldn't even sideboard this.
(Yawn...) this one cost only U and counters only
Sorceries. They made it like this because most
decent red spells now are sorceries and R&D
couldn't ever let red have the upper hand on
blue. If you are playing against decks with a
lot of Sorceries it's pretty good. If not it is
crap on a stick.
Envelop might be useful in an
environment where there were no other
counterspells. Luckily, in Limited, you almost get