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Reviewed August 17, 2010

Constructed: 2.87
Casual: 2.87
Limited: 2.87
Multiplayer: 2.33

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BMoor

Cancel

Nobody was happy when Cancel became the go-to standard of countermagic over Counterspell. Leaving up two mana is fairly easy, but leaving up three just screams "I'm gonna counter your spell"-- even more damaging if your opponent doesn't cast a suitably-counterable spell, since you could've used that mana to cast things of your own. There's a reason Negate was so widely used, and why people are so happy that Man Leak is back. When it comes to countermagic, the jump from two mana to three mana is a huge one.

Constructed- 1.75
Casual- 2.25
Limited- 2.5
Multiplayer- 2

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Cancel
 
Cancel's core set versions have no flavor text, and the most concise rules text in recent sets. It's also fairly powerful rules text - three mana stops almost any spell, no questions asked. The certainty it offers is balanced by having to live on the edge, trying to predict when the opponent is going to do something that will wreck you unless you Cancel it; the high of living to fight another day in some games is balanced by the crushing low of your opponent putting Gaea's Revenge on the stack in other games. Play it early, play it often.
 
Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 3/5
Multiplayer: 2/5

Paul

Magic The Gathering Card of The Day: Cancel
 
Welcome back readers today's card of the day is Wizards replacement for Countersepll and while its worse blue mages have begrudgingly accepted it. In standard Negate, Mana Leak and Essence Shatter have all seen some play as well as Cancel. The ability to counter everything from creatures to planeswalkers is a tempting proposition, it has seen a lot of play and will continue to. In extended there is Remand, Mana Leak, Spellsnare, and handfuls of other powerful cards. In eternal Force of Will and the original counterspell exist this card will never see play. In casual and multiplayer its more expensive mana wise and casual players have access to more powerful cards, its budget friendly though and it counters anything no muss no fuss. In limited its a good card if you need it I wouldn't go overboard on counters. Overall a powerful and versatile card that still pales in comparison to its predecessors.
 
Constructed :3.5
Casual: 2.5
Limited: 2.5
Multiplayer: 2.5

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Cancel which is the more expensive version of the old Counterspell, but remains a useful card.  Other options exist including the in set Mana Leak, but for three mana this can do the job later in the game when excess mana may be available to the opponent.  Decent for Blue control, but for the cost nothing amazing and there are other options.
 
For Limited this can be used to knock out any bomb your opponent has for the cost of keeping three mana sources untapped with two needing to be Blue.  A fairly small price to pay, but a bit difficult to manage early in the game.  Later on when the larger threats are more likely to arrive having a Cancel or even threatening to have a Cancel can keep an opponent guessing.  Supporting the presence of Cancel with at least one Mana Leak can make for a very frustrating game for any opponent psychologically.  Both cards being common allows it to be easy to draft in Booster and fairly likely to have a few in Sealed as well.  Not a first choice or even second, but further into the draft this is the kind of card that can help fill out a deck and keep your opponent from gaining a major advantage.
 
Constructed: 3.0
Casual: 3.0
Limited: 3.5
Multiplayer: 3.0


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