Pojo's Magic The Gathering
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Limited: 2.40 (4 Reviews)
Reviewed May 20, 2002
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Speculation is on many people's lips as being
Restricted or Banned shortly after Release. If you
don't understand why, let me explain. You put 3
flashback cards in your graveyard. Flashback cards
are cards that you can cast from your graveyard.
Its essentially allowing you to 'draw' 3 cards for
U1. Not bad. Especially when the cards that you
put into your graveyard are going to be 6/6 Wurms
(Roar) and draw even MORE cards for U1.
In Limited, it does not have
true power where decks can't really be centered
around it, but it can be very good, deserving a
A 5 in Constructed easily.
There have been a
few cards that are so broken that DCI had to ban
or drastically errata them quickly. This is one
that will be block banned and maybe banned in
standard as well. It is grossly undercosted even
at 5 it would be playable and at 4 it would be a
good value but it costs 1U. There are so many
things to flashback cheaply that I can't name
them all but with Roar of the Wurm, for example,
you get to have 3 6/6 creature at a total cost
of 6, 4, and respectively and you can have them
on turn 4. Suffice to say in an environment
where most removal is costly either in terms of
mana or cards in the graveyard, this card is
broken. In limited it is still broken just a
little less so due to card pool limits. Zvi has
written a great article about how ridiculous
this card is and I recommend it to you.
that Incinerate at 1R is broken according to
this R&D group but QSpec gets through no
problem. What's next maybe a blue Wrath for 2R
or a White burn spell for W.
Speculation is kind of a dud that I forgot to
mention in my article. It's one of those cards
that looks like it is just amazing on paper, yet
it isn't as good once played. What are you
seriously going to get with this??? Roar of the
Wurm, and .... Exactly, you wouldn't want to get
anything else. I give it a 1.5 in Constructed. It
is not all that, it is not worth anyones time, and
it is not worth a space in any deck.
In limited, why bother? You
aren't always going to have a Roar of the Wurm,
and cards such as Embolden, Chainer's Edict, and
Firebolt are better played from your hand anyways.
There's no point to playing this, because it's
effect would be almost counter productive to a
draft deck, because Embolden, Chainer's Edict and
Firebolt are best played twice instead of once. It
will make a huge difference.
Speculation Constructed - This is easily one of
the best uncommons in the set. You don't have to
look too far to build a deck around this. Rating:
Limited - You will not have
that many worthy flashback cards in your deck for
this card to make a huge impact. 10-12th pick.
This card will be a
superlative addition to all those exceedingly
popular UG variants. The ideal complement to this
card is Roar of the Wurm, a 6/6 beastie that can
be flashed back for 3G. Quiet Speculation can
target 3 entirely different Flashback cards too,
so effectively it works as a very powerful tutor.
1 card for 3 new options is a great trade.
In constructed, yes yes and
yes. It may be a Blue Sorcery, but the very low
cost and the enormous number of ways you can use
it put Quiet Speculation on the map. It's not as
useful in limited, where you would want to play
your Flashback cards twice rather than once at
Constructed - 4.5
Limited - 3.5
There are a few Flashback
spells that are actually cheaper to flash than to
hard cast. Quiet Speculation breaks these cards...
namely Roar of the Wurm and Deep Analysis. With
Quiet Speculation being undercosted at only 1U it
is very easy to compare it to Ancestral Recall. I
give it 4 stars only because it's uses outside of
Odyssey block are limited... in Odyssey Block it's
an easy 5 star.