I hate to start my week being negative for two
days in a row, but honestly, this card is a
complete gamble. There's no way to guarantee
that you get to counter anything. It's very
strange and awkward in it's mechanics. It may
eventually turn out to be useful, but I don't
see it EVER being a deck staple in anything.
This is far and away my favorite card from
Coldsnap. That's saying a lot since there's some
really fun (and powerful) cards in the set. The
scepter has a hint of randomness to it that can
sometimes make it pretty much a wasted play. But
the potential for it to give you a counter just
when you need it is very good. The fact that any
card you counter with it is essentially removing
two copies (one that was removed and one that
was countered) is no small factor either. The
cost is cheap and the art is top notch. Jester's
Cap was incredible when it was released and this
is a fine successor to that legacy.
This scepter is getting a lot of attention.
Let's see...what are the possibilities: You
could use it for it's intended purpose, which is
in a counter control deck. But you can also use
it to add in milling away your opponent's deck.
You could also use it as a very round about way
to get cards into your own graveyard for your
own diabolical purposes.
Kinda crappy in limited, but useful in
Constructed - 3.5
Casual - 3
Limited - 1
As a card this thing is pretty cool, giving mill
and a potential counter ability to every color.
The only problem is that it costs too much to
counter it, if that happens. Plus, as a rule of
thumb, mill is not good in pretty much any
format, with the exceptions being Solidarity and
some builds of Aluren. All-in-all, leave this
for the Johnnies to tinker around with and try
Constructed: 1 - Mill is terrible, and you're
not guaranteed to counter anything.
Casual: 3 - Johnnies I know eat stuff like this
Limited: 1.5 - The counter ability is worthless,
but the opponent loses 1/6th their deck by the
time it hits play?
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