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Stoic Rebuttal
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Stoic Rebuttal
Scars of Mirrodin

Reviewed November 9, 2010

Constructed: 3.17
Casual: 3.00
Limited: 3.00
Multiplayer: 2.75

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BMoor

Stoic Rebuttal

This is enormous. If you've got Metalcraft, this card is functionally identical to Counterspell, that legendary precursor to modern countermagic that fell from grace when Wizards decided it was too powerful. There's no way people will pass up the chance to tap into that kind of power these days. Unfortunately, if you don't have Metalcraft, it's functionally identical to Cancel, which sees almost no play in any scenario where people can avoid it. But will the possibility of a legendary counterstrike be worth the risk of being stuck with inferior ordinance to level at opposing spells? Well, the existence of Trinket Mage, Grand Architect, and Riddlesmith leaves me confident that someone will build a blue deck that easily achieves metalcraft. I've seen one or two at my local FNM. So I'm confident in my assumption that Stoic Rebuttal will show up at top tables fairly frequently over the next two years.

Constructed- 3.5
Casual- 3
Limited- 3
Multiplayer- 3.25


David Fanany

Player since 1995

Stoic Rebuttal

After years of two blue mana being too cheap for "Counter target spell" in new sets, we now have a card with that exact game text that sometimes costs two. How quickly things change. Stoic Rebuttal is a twist on metalcraft which you probably could have predicted before the set was released, although it requires a fairly specialized deck to operate at full power and efficiency. Whether such a deck emerges remains to be seen, but a lot of people will be tempted to make one so they can use this card.

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

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Stoic Rebuttal which is a three mana countermagic unless you have three artifacts in play to trigger the Metalcraft effect.  Having the same cost as Cancel allows it to replace that in decks that have several artifacts and potentially cost less with no drawback.  It works well in artifact based control decks and readily turns into a Counterspell in the early game.  However, even in that build Deprive can potentially be better in certain situations or as support which leaves Stoic Rebuttal with slightly less room to truly shine.
 
For Limited keeping two Blue mana untapped may be more difficult in the format than having three artifacts, but being able to counter any spell is a very useful effect to have available.  Not a first or second draft pick, but worth pulling after settling into Blue as your primary color in Booster and if your Sealed pool is strong enough to focus on Blue.
 
Constructed: 3.0
Casual: 3.0
Limited: 3.0
Multiplayer: 3.0


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