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Reviewed March 08, 2004
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Monday - Arcane
Well, I figured it was high time to stop
reviewing Darksteel cards (at least for my
week). For my first offering, we get a card that
is often compared to a card in Darksteel (Vex).
The card disadvantage is the same - your
opponent draws one more card than you do (in
most cases). It is a 2 mana splashable hard
counter, so if you have trouble getting to
double blue mana, this may be of some help. You
do get a card to replace this, so it's not all
In casual, this will see some play, as a splash
to counter bombs, as well as a pacifist way to
prevent total wrath coming your way.
In limited, I don't remember ever needing this.
I've almost never played a counterspell in any
* game store owner (The Game Closet - Waco,TX)
* Scrye writer since 2002
Monday - Arcane
This card was considered a really good and
highly usable spell counter at one point. But as
the dynamics of Magic have changed, I think this
card's stock value has fallen. This is the cards
that Vex keeps getting compared to. I think at
one time it was good, but not these days.
For casual players, I guess it's OK. It's fun
and everyone gets to draw cards. There isn't a
limited format to really utilize this. However,
I would say that it would be pretty bad even if
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Sigh, I miss counterspell.
Ok, that joke is getting old. But seriously,
Counterspell is the card by which all other, uh,
counter spells are compared. Arcane Denial,
admittedly is one of the better cards as far as
counter spells are concerned, and are well worth
playing, but the card draw for your opponent
makes it weaker.
On the other hand, it does have the benefit of
becoming a funky sort of Frantic Search by
casting, and then Arcane Denial-ing your own
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This card is spell is not one that I would
personally wan tot run as it give the person I
am playing against card advantage. The nice part
is that you also get to draw a card during the
next upkeep but your opponent will have netted
three cards to your one. In casual play I would
just play counter spell instead. In limited this
card is actually worse in my opinion. Im not a
fan of this card but if you want ot play a multi
colored deck and have access to a counter that
is spashable this will do.
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The days when this was a premiere card in
constructed are have passed by, for the most
part. However, this certainly still does a
pretty good job in 1.5 and Type 1; itís been
supplanted by many of the other cards available
in modern times, but itís still an option. Back
in the day, this was the best available
splashable countermagic that mana could buy.
In limited, I honestly canít remember what the
value of this card was. Since Vex is not
considered playable nowadays, I would suspect
that this would also be considered poor in terms
of modern limited play. It still says, ďCounter
target spell,Ē on itÖthat has value no matter
how you look at it.
Casual play is where this card probably shines
nowadays. Itís sorta like a more entertaining
version of Counterspell, if that makes sense.
You *need* to know this card for Mental Magic;
U1 is such a common casting cost, youíll be
looking for alternate uses pretty quick. Donít
forget that you can counter your own spells, as
well, for the purposes of drawing the extra
Hmm. A hard counter that lets you draw a card
later. It also gives your opponent more cards.
This actually isnít that bad because they might
have to discard something during their cleanup.
But it is an extra card for your opponent which
translates to more things that you would have to
counter. Again, Mill deck maybe. Otherwise, I
would just play good olí counterspell. The fact
that you only have to pay 1 blue mana doesnít
help it much.
In Casual, Control isnít that popular of an
archetype. Youíre also giving your opponent
cards. Iíd pass.
Iíve never played limited with this set (and
also all of this weekís cards) so I have no
idea. So no limited ratings for me this week.
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