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Timetwister
Unlimited


Reviewed February 21, 2006

Constructed: 4.57
Casual: 4.65
Limited: 3.72

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Jeff Zandi

5 Time Pro Tour
Veteran

Timetwister

Power Nine, anyone? This card was SO GOOD that it was popularly known as one of the original POWER NINE, the nine most valuable, most sought-after cards in all of Magic. From today's perspective, Timetwister is probably not quite as mighty as all that. The wording of an old classic Magic card like this one is very interesting, if not slightly confusing. It's funny to think of this card in a limited format, of course it never was part of one, I don't think I would like it very much for limited, where you and your opponent's decks are likely to be close to each other in power and basic design. Even in constructed, I don't REALLY want to play an effect that gives my opponent an opportunity to IMPROVE his hand so drastically. However, the way to think about this card's power is the ability it gives YOU, not the sad fact that this card also helps your opponent. The main constructed advantage of this card is in the ability to retrieve it from the graveyard to create, along with Time Walk or similiar cards, a repeatable combo.

CONSTRUCTED: 4.0
CASUAL: 4.0
LIMITED: 3.5
 


DeQuan
Watson

* Game Store Owner

Timetwister

This is one of the craziest cards in the game. Letting player's shuffle up their hands and get new cards is crazy. It also shuffles graveyards though. That's a big bonus. It's even crazier when you consider it only cost three mana.

Constructed: 5
Casual: 5
Limited: 4
 

Paul Hagan

Timetwister

One might assume that each piece of the "Power 9" is a no-brainer to get high marks and to be included in nearly every deck that can meet the color requirements. That's just never been the case, however. Timetwister has always been the odd one out, as it is the only piece of power that provides a symmetrical effect. Does that mean it's bad? Far from it. Timetwister allows you to draw 7 cards for 3 mana. That's ridiculous by anyone's account. However, Vintage formats are largely dominated by very fast decks, many of which abuse the graveyard. So Timetwister has fallen victim to an environment where it is merely a relic of a time long ago. You can expect that it will continue to show up occasionally, but it's never going to be what it once was.

Constructed Rating - 4.3
Casual Rating - 4.6
Limited Rating - 3.9
 


Christine
Gerhardt

Timetwister

One of the Power 9 classic cards. These cards, which include Black Lotus and the Moxes from Beta and Unlimited sets, are some of the most powerful and sought after cards in the game. Prices on them range from the hundreds to the thousands of dollars, depending on the card, the set, and the condition.

Timetwister is just that good, and while it may not be the best of the Power 9 cards, it remains a classic that can win games for you.

Constructed - 5
Casual - 5
Limited - 3.5
 

BMoor

Timetwister- To be honest, Timetwister is before my, um, time. The only time I ever saw Timetwister in action is in a deck full of so many vintage disgustingly broken rares that the 'twister didn't really stick out. It seems best in a deck with few win conditions, allowing you to refill the gas tank, so to speak. The trick is breaking the symmetry. If Mnemonic Nexus is seeing Constructed play at four mana(I don't know offhand if it is), then I'm sure this would too. I've been told that this was never available in a Limited format, so I won't bother rating it for that.

Constructed- 3.8
Casual- 5
 
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