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Desertion

Pojo's Average Rating -
Constructed: 2.92 (8 Reviews)
Limited: 3.86  (7 Reviews)
Reviewed May 13, 2002

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Fletcher
Peatross

Desertion suffered from costing too much mana, but is a very solid card.  It
would be very powerful in today's environment if most people didn't play
spells on turns 1-4.  Constructed a 2, Limited a 4.


Mason
Peatross

The problem with 5 mana counterspells is that they cost 5 mana. You can't
play 4 of them knowing you'll draw one early and not be able to use it, but
then again, you certainly do like the effect it has on the game if you get
to steal someone's creature or artifact. A good, well balanced spell that
didn't see very much play.

Limited: 4
Constructed: 3


Scott
Gerhardt

I've always thought there was something wrong about countering a spell AND slapping your opponent in the face.  Desertion is one of the original spells to do just that.  Later we got Absorb and Undermine, and with Judgment upcoming, Spelljack.  There might be more - I am tired.  My point is, despite it's cost, when it works, it's a sick little 2 for 1.  At it's worst, it's a hard-cast Force of Will.  Now who's never paid 5 mana for a Force?  I have - it does happen...sometimes.

In limited, why not.  Stop your creature, take your creature.  It works.

Constructed - 3.75
Limited -4
Current Price - $1.75


Judge Bill
A high mana cost counterspell, yet this has seem some play, for the sheer power of being able to take one of their creatures (or artifacts). Reprinted in Judgement, only you have to pay U more but you can take anything.
 
Constructed: 3.1
Limited:4.5


Rob
Lawing

This card has some of greatest flavor text ever "First the insult then the injury". This card was solid but just a bit overcosted back in the day. Today it would be really strong and in fact they have printed a teched up version in Judgement called "Spelljack". Obviously in limited this card is a very high pick for it's "steal your face" trick. (Finally, The Godfather gets a Grateful Dead reference in COTD !)
 
Rating
Constructed-4
Limited-5

John
Hornberg

A good counterspell, and a good concept.  Five mana is way too much for any counterspell, no matter how cool it is.  In constructed, it's uses are little, and there are much better cards.  A 2 in constructed.

In limited, it's kind of the best of both worlds.  It's creature removal, it's a counterspell, and its a creature as well (if it gets you one).  It might not always be a first pick, but it is a card worth playing.  A 3 in limited.

Five Color can always benefit from the theft of creatures, especially mongers, volvers, and Morphlings.  It getrs a 3 here, because it does cost a lot.

Doctor
Mackerel

The idea behind Desertion is great, but the cost is just too high. Blue
mages really can't afford to leave 3UUU untapped into their opponent's turn.
However, if a Desertion resolves on a mighty enemy creature the game can be
as good as won.

In constructed you'd do well to make use of this more than once per match.
Desertion is just too costly to see play. It's a slightly different story in
limited play, as the longer games will see Desertion hit the board more
often. Odds are you won't find anything game-breaking to cast it on though.

Constructed - 2.5
Limited - 3


DeQuan
Watson

This card I do like :)

I'm not even a big fan of blue, but this card is neat.  It serves a dual purpose.  I like idea that it gives you a card of your opponents.  It's a very solid counterspell.

Many times that I've palyed blue when this card is legal in the format, I play one in a deck, just because.

As for limited, it's as good as any other counterspell.  It might be a little stronger.  It's expensive, but definitely worth it.

Constructed: 3.0
Limited: 3.4
 

 

 

 

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