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Ponder
Lorwyn


Reviewed October 09, 2007

Constructed: 3.75
Casual: 3.80
Limited: 4.00

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BMoor

Ponder

This looks to me like it's somewhere between Serum Visions and Brainstorm. Serum Visions continues to be an Extended staple, and Brainstorm was the legend that spawned it all. Getting any one of the top three cards of your library, or throwing them all back and re-randomizing your deck entirely, is a powerful trick, especially now that clash cards exist.

Constructed- 4
Casual- 4.5
Limited- 4

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Ponder

If you're old like me (or have played the Threshold deck in Legacy), you'd be familiar with the old card Portent from Ice Age. Ponder is the "fixed" Portent, in the sense of being the modern type of cantrip. It should be good pretty much anywhere that Portent is good. In Standard, it's sort of the replacement for Sleight of Hand, except that it lets you see one card further down. Seems pretty solid all around.

Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 2/5
PsychoAnime

#1 Magic Noob in Canada since 2002
Ponder

This is pretty good. It's one mana so it competes with nothing short of Ancestral Vision for the 1 drop but unlike Ancestral Vision, it has an immediate effect.

It smoothes out draws for a mana and even replaces itself. It's obviously really good and is the best for what it does right now in Standard. It's solid in all formats.

Constructed: 3.5/5
Casual: 3.5/5
Limited: 4/5

Swordmaster13
Tuesday's card is Ponder from Lorwyn.  Ponder looks almost like Brainstorm except that you have the option of shuffling your deck after you rearrange the top three cards of your library.  Most of the time you won't use the shuffle feature of the card, but it does have its uses.  If you don't like the three cards you had on the top, you can shuffle, or you will use the shuffle feature to pull out a Panglacial Wurm if you run that in your deck.  However, Ponder will look to be the next Brainstorm and a new cheap card drawer for Lorwyn decks running blue.
 
Limited: 5/5(it's not often you get to draw a card for this cheap)
Constructed: 4/5(this is your type 2 Brainstorm unless you run Brainstorm itself)

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