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Pojo's Magic The Gathering
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Envelop
Judgment - 

Pojo's Average Rating -
Constructed: 1.94 (8 Reviews)
Limited: 1.96 (7 Reviews)
Reviewed June 12, 2002

Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale
1 being the worst.  3 ... average.  
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Fletcher
Peatross

A 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.


Aaron
Teare

Limited ***
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."

Chainer's Edict
Innocent Blood
Rancid Earth
Mutilate
Mind Sludge
Quiet Speculation
Deep Analysis
Upheaval

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.


Judge Bill

An interesting 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 not sorcery.
 
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.
 
Constructed: 1.5
Limited: 1.7

John Hornberg

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 niether.

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 decks.

I give it a 2 in limited, because it can be good, but not high pick calibur.


DeQuan
Watson

No Review Today.


Mason
Peatross

Actually 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.

Limited: 2

Constructed: 2

Add another E and it's a piece of paper with glue!


John B
Turpish

Way too situational. I wouldn't even sideboard this.

1.3


Rob
Lawing

Envelop
 
Another counterspell (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.
 
Rating
Constructed-2
Limited-2.25


Andrew Chapman

Envelop might be useful in an environment where there were no other counterspells. Luckily, in Limited, you almost get that environment.

Constructed: 1
Limited: 2

 

 

 

 

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