In limited, you would probably rather pay one
more colorless mana for a Confiscate that can
take control of ANY permanent. The problem is
NOT that Dream Leash can't target enough
permanents, it can get almost any card your
opponent is likely to play. The problem is that
when your opponent plays a giant monster, and
you have the ability to take control of that
creature, you don't want to have to wait until
after that creature has swung at you once.
Another hidden downside of this card is that
since it will always be tapped when you take
control of it, you have to wait ONE MORE TURN
before you can use the card that you went to so
much trouble to take control of.
Does that make any sense? Despite all this
grumbling, Dream Leash is a great card for
Ravnica limited formats. For constructed play,
Dream Leash just doesn't make the cut. Just play
Ew. It's like Confiscate, but a lot worse. Why
is this only able to be played when the target
is tapped? Is that really necessary? As the card
is an enchantment with no extra abilities
attached, it already has a big strike against
it. The somewhat high mana cost at five is also
an issue, considering it wasn't too long ago
that we could take control of creatures in
Standard by tapping a Vedalken Shackles and
paying two mana.
I suppose in limited, when players may be less
prepared for the "surprise enchantment" that
only lands after their big threat has turned
sideways, this card could be useful. Go ahead
and play it if you get it, since you can
generally take your opponents' bombs away from
them...the turn after they go off. Sigh.
nice control card for Rav block limited. It
can be a bit frustrating at times, as you
can't use it until the permanent is tapped,
so in some cases, you have to wait for the
big, bad, nasty creature to hit you in the
face before you can grab it for yourself.
There also tends to be a lot of sacrificial
effects in Rav, so often Dream Leash turns
into a removal card - fine with me for the
most part. Favorite Dream Leash incident:
Playing my sealed deck Blue/Black discard
build, I Leashed my opponent's
Vulturous Zombie. Yummy. He scooped.
really for tournament, as it's too
expensive, and too limited by the tapped
requirement. In casual, I suppose it could
find a deck that steals permanents, just for
fun and amusement.
Adrian Sullivan won the Wisconsin State Title
using this card in his deck. He'd hit an
opponent's card with Icy Manipulator and Dream
Leash it. Nice.
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