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Jace's Ingenuity
M11

Reviewed June xx, 2010

Constructed: 3.00
Casual: 3.00
Limited: 3.50
Multiplayer: 3.50

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BMoor

Jace's Ingenuity

Straightforward and powerful. Three cards for the cost of one, at instant speed. More useful than it looks, since you get to wait and see if you need to play a counterspell. If you turn out to not need the Counterspell, then at your opponent's EOT, play this and refill your hand.

Constructed-3.75
Casual- 3.5
Limited- 4
Multiplayer- 3.5

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Jace's Ingenuity
 
I think Jace is a pretty cool guy - casts Brainstorm for free, mills people, and now draws lots of cards. And doesn't afraid of anything. Jace's Ingenuity is a godsend to blue mages everywhere, giving them the flexibility and speed they thrive on. And it's going to be a lot of fun making theme decks with the planeswalkers' "signature spells." (Did anyone else think of Tenser's Transformation and Mordenkainen's Magnificent Mansion when they saw these?)
 
Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 4/5
Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's 2011 card of the day is Jace's Ingenuity which draws three cards at a cost of five mana.  Back in Eighth edition this effect cost four with Concentrate, but was a Sorcery and way back in Unlimited the infamous Ancestral Recall was just one mana at Instant speed and could target any player.  There have been many variations on the draw three theme with some kind of condition or penalty attached over the years, but this is the simplest at Instant speed.  The high cost and not being able to use it offensively are drawbacks, but being able to cast it when no counterspell is needed on your opponent's turn to gain additional card advantage is a solid play.  It will see some play, but isn't likely to be a major presence in any constructed format.
 
For Limited this is a decent uncommon that can fit into a Blue deck to gain card advantage and should be included in most Sealed builds.  For Booster this can be picked up fairly early depending on the pack, but be sure to draft enough creatures to play on your turn after using this at the end of the opponent's turn.
 
Constructed: 3.0
Casual: 3.0
Limited: 4.0
Multiplayer: 3.0

Josh

Jace's Ingenuity

 

UU3 for a +3 draw? 5 mana. Nahhhhhh! You can do so much better with Blue! I mean, we can all agree that the overpriced and utterly awesome Jace, The Mind Sculptor does this but 100x better. If you're running Blue and can afford to play casual to Pro Level Magic there's really no need for this card to ever be considered in your deck or even "notable spares". I guess if you're playing Pauper Magic then feel free to use this card as a +3 draw. Again, maybe cool in Draft but mostly junk.

 

Competitive: lol/5, duh.

Casual: 1/5, as I said, Pauper Magic...?

Sealed/Draft: 1.5/5, +3 draws are cool... 5 mana isn't...you be the judge


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