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Oblivion Stone 
Mirrodin Rare


Reviewed April 19, 2004

Constructed: 4.4
Casual: 4
Limited: 4.7

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1 being the worst.  3 ... average.  
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Chris
Gerhardt

* game store owner in CA, ShuffleAndCut

A nice card for the control freaks out there.  While a bit slow, there are ways around it, especially if you play casual:  Seedborn Muse comes to mind, making this puppy twice as fast.  Myr Retriever also works well with Stone, recovering it if necessary to do the dirty deed again in a pinch.  Resetting the board is a very powerful thing and if planned correctly, can quickly turn the game in your favor.

In limited, it's a great card that will force your opponent to play out his hand differently and less optimally than he would like.  He'll have to hold back valuable cards while throwing some out as bait in an attempt to get you to blow your stone.  Believe me, he WANTS you to just to get it out of the way so he can get back to playing things out as he sees fit.  Ideally, you hold off as long as possible to do inflict the most damage while saving your best stuff for post mortem.

Constructed: 3.5
Casual: 4
Limited: 4.5
  
   Current Price:
Oblivion Stone - Mirrodin - $13.70

   Combos Well With:
Seedborn Muse - Legions - $5.60
Myr Retriever - Mirrodin - $1.07

 


Judge Bill

*Level 2
MTG Judge

*game store employee

A great card in any format. Yes, Nev's Disk is now a bit overpriced. However, for the extra mana, you get an extra ability so save as many permanents as you can turns waiting to blow up the world. In Constructed (casual or serious), and in limited, this is a must play card.
 
Constructed - 4.5
Casual - 4.5
Limited - 5
 


Jeff Zand
i

5 Time Pro Tour
Veteran

Level 2 Judge

Oblivion Stone
When Mirrodin first arrived, Oblivion Stone was heralded as the return of
Nevinyrral's Disk. Nev's Disk was the most important all-around removal card
in the early history of tournament Magic. Oblivion Stone has some advantages
and disadvantages compared to Nev's Disk, it costs one less than the
original Disk to play, but one more mana than the Disk to activate. The
impact of Oblivion Stone to constructed play has been kind of minimal so
far. It's possible that even the original Nevinyrral's Disk would be less
useful in the current fast-paced constructed formats. In limited, Oblivion
Stone is a very high pick. Even decks that would prefer faster cards than
Oblivion Stone cannot deny the power to sweep the entire board with only
colorless mana.
CONSTRUCTED: 3.5
CASUAL:            3.5
LIMITED:             4.0
 


Andy
 Van Zandt

Oblivion Stone
Nev disk...  less to play, more to activate, but can be used immediately,
AND can save permanents...  board sweeping effects are good in limited to
start with,  saving your two or three best creatures and then doing it is
even better;  that goes for casual play too.  In constructed,  a new disk
that you can use immediately...   makes this card one of the top 5 useful
cards to come out of mirrodin.
constructed 4
casual 4
limited 4
 

Ray "Monk"
Powers
* Level 3 DCI Judge
*DCI Tournament Organizer
*Game Store Owner (Gamer's Edge)

Oblivion Stone

 

The new Nevinyrralís Disk. Am I the only one who remembers Wizards of the Coast saying they would never reprint Disk because it gave certain colors (mainly black) a way to deal with things it could normally not handle, such as artifacts and enchantments? And what happened when Oblivion Stone came into constructed? There was a rash of mono-black control with Oblivion Stones, what a surprise. Donít get me wrong, I love the card, but I agree with the concept that they should never have reprinted a card in any way like Nevinyrralís Disk,

 

Constructed:                 5

Casual:                         4

Limited:                        5

 
Jason
Matthews


* Level 1 DCI Judge

*game store employee

* gaming for over 15 years
Oblivion Stone

Play it on turn three, put a fate counter on your big creature on turn four, and blow up the world on turn five. That sounds good to me. This card was the supposed fixed version of Neviryles Disk and itís a fine replacement. I use this card very much in Standard play in my control decks. The Oblivion Stone is a solid tool for removing all kinds of permanents and problem cards. In Constructed it is a great card and in limited/draft itís a bomb that you hope to pull.

Constructed 4

Casual 3.5

Limited 4

Jonathan
Pechon


2 Grand Prix Top 8's

Multiple Pro Tour appearances

Oblivion Stone

 

The stone has fallen out of favor lately, simply because itís so slow.  Ravager and goblins do horrid things to you before youíre able to activate the Stone, and other decks run tons of artifact removal nowadays, making this much less appealing to use.  However, it still does a fantastic job of taking care of problem-cards if you donít happen to have access to things like Naturalize or Disenchant.

 

Getting a hold of these for casual seems kinda silly; you can just as easily pick up Nevís Disk, and those do effectively the same job.  Using this for a 3 in Mental Magic seems just fine, but itís best if you have the full eight mana available in order to prevent this from being blown up.

 

Wrath effects are always ridiculous in limited.  This is one of those cards that have the potential to say, ďShatter me or lose.Ē  Slowing down a game so that you can activate this and follow it up with some real threats isnít too difficult, and the speed that makes this card less exciting in constructed isnít there most of the time.  Working around artifact destruction is still an issue, though.

 

Constructed:  3.5

Casual:  2.0

Limited:  4.5

 

Jason
Chapman
Oblivion Stone is simply awsome control at an acceptable price. Many types of decks would like to be able to play this powerhouse. For pure control players, the Oblivion stone represents a strong reset button that can allow the deck to clear the opponent's early threats in order to establish control. In more aggressive decks Oblivion Stone can be used to fill up the graveyard for some tricks or, more importantly, clear the way for a massive  threat. The only downsides are that opponents' will usually see the card coming and can often find some play around or removal and that it can often drain your own resources over two or three turns. Of course playing and dumping it for 8 still makes it a great reset for all colors.

Constructed - Strong control but a little slow for most of the environment -3.5

Casual - With the board often full of threats and the ability to have an impact on group games this is a great card, although it may be out of flavor for the format - 4.0

Limited - It is hard to build a deck to take great advantage of the stone but mass removal and the ability to save your key stuff (or even just the threat) makes it cool -3.0
 

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Oblivion Stone

I have mixed feelings about this card. Most control decks will use it, but I think itís too expensive. They can destroy their lands if they want, or they can give you a free turn. Well, itís a little better than that, but I just donít think itís worth it. When itís played, people are going to start holding back cards, and both players are either going to attempt to win within the next few turns, or nothing will happen. It then comes down to top decking. Time will tell if itís useful. Currently, itís not bad, but Iím still not sure about it.

In Limited, you might as well take it. Clears the board for you.

Constructed: 3.5
Casual: 3
Limited: 4.5
 
 

 

 

 

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