This is a simple little counterspell, the next
in a long legacy of X counterspells. This one
has a bonus over such favorites as Syncopate and
Convolute in that you get something out of it
even when the opponent can pay X. And that
something isn’t just Scry 2, it actually gets
better the more you pay for X. No X counterspell
has ever managed to crack into Standard with the
likes of Mana Leak, Hinder, and Rewind about,
and Remand, Spell Snare, and Voidslime continue
to make the competition fierce. But this card
will still get the job done when necessary.
In Limited, counterspells in general aren’t very
good, and this is a fairly low Azorius pick, but
still worth a 23rd pick I suppose.
Counter target spell unless it’s controller pays
X. You gain X life.
Limited: Power Sink and Stream of Life had a
baby. Awwwww! It’s so cuuuuuute! If you’re
committed to blue, I’d certainly run it, if only
out of necessity. Out of all the common
counterspells in Ravnica draft, it’s arguably
the most reliable. 3 out of 5
Constructed: So many more options for
countermagic in the wider world, some of them
better and some of them worse. Where does
Overrule sit? In the middle. 2.5 out of 5
Casual: 1.5 our of 5 in casual dueling, 3 out of
5 in multiplayer.
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