Chances are, this card is only intended for
Champions block limited play, with the outside
chance of some usefulness in Champions block
constructed. I also thought originally that this
card would be too expensive for limited.
Then I had an opponent counter my Arcane spell
AND caused me to discard the Glacial Ray that I
had Spliced onto it. Yes, four mana is a lot to
keep around untapped in the current limited
format, but there is a time and a place for
Minamo's Meddling. Most of the time, the time
will be sealed deck, and the place will be in
your opponent's deck and not your own.
I wish I knew when it was decided that
counterspells had to cost four mana.
Seriously, the chance of this card being
anything more than a counterspell is extremely
unlikely except in draft, and even then it will
get two cards only if you are lucky and in rare
situations. But, a counterspell is a
counterspell, and some people will play it just
because of that. In draft, if you are committed
to blue and need a 23rd card, give it a shot. In
block constructed, if you can make a control
deck work this may be a good fit, but I don't
see a good control deck in the format yet.
This card has one place where it will
shine. And that's in Kamigawa Block
constructed play. Right now, there isn't
enough splicing happening to make this card
worth playing. If you want a spell counter
at that cost, just play Rewind right now.
The fact that it is a hard counter does help
it's cause a little, but overall, it's a
lackluster spell counter methinks. It will
see some play, but it should only be super
special in block play.
Constructed: 3.5 (the .5 due to block
I think the biggest showing this card will ever
have might be in Kamigawa Block Constructed.
Right now, there aren't a ton of spells that can
be Spliced onto Arcane that I even want to see
in my deck, but that might be different once the
card pool is more limited. As is, for Type II
and Extended, this card ranks well below the
likes of Hinder, Mana Leak, Condescend, and even
Rewind. In Kamigawa Block, that could be
In limited, I usually don't like playing
counters, especially expensive counters. This
card meets both of those categories, meaning I
more than likely pass on it.