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Spellweaver Volute
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Spellweaver Volute
Future Sight

Reviewed December 6, 2011

Constructed: 3.00
Casual: 3.75
Limited: 1.33
Multiplayer: 3.25

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BMoor

Spellweaver Volute

The futureshifted card from the nostalgia set that uses new rules technology to recycle old spells. Is it too early to be nostalgic for Future Sight? Something interesting is happening here, besides the future card frame and the "enchant instant card in a graveyard" line. Spellweaver Volute enchants instants, which means it wants you to run a lot of instants. But its ability triggers when you cast a sorcery, so you want a lot of sorceries in your deck too. Meanwhile, the Volute itself is neither, meaning that for all the pressure it's putting on you to run instants and sorceries, it's taking up slots in your deck that you therefore can't use for instants or sorceries. The saving grace is that it can enchant instant cards in anyone's graveyard, meaning you can recycle your opponent's instant as well as your own.

And then there's the little matter of exiling its target every time you play a sorcery, which means someone needs to play at least one instant for every sorcery you play, or else the Volute is going to run out of targets in graveyards, and just go there itself. That said, the ability to get a free spell with the purchase of any sorcery spell means huge card advantage, especially if any of those instants or sorceries provided card advantage on their own. And since the biggest drawback to Auras-- destroying the thing they're enchanting-- doesn't really frighten here, getting a Volute to stick is going to mean eventual, inevitable victory if you manage your resources well.

Constructed- 3.5
Casual- 4
Limited- 2
Multiplayer- 4.5

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Spellweaver Volute

As I think I've mentioned in this space before, I find it endlessly ironic that the expansion that was supposed to evoke Magic's future is very firmly part of the past. Some of its own developers may not have liked it, but I still do, and cards like Spellweaver Volute are a big part of the reason why. While it's not the easiest card in the set to build around, it can be one of the most interesting - a potential free flashback on all your instant spells is nothing to laugh at, and with the kinds of abilities that class of spell tends to have, profiting from doubling them is easy. Most importantly, it subtly suggests that in the future, people will still be doing what Magic was invented for in the first place: having fun.

Constructed: 2/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 1/5
Multiplayer: 3/5
Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Spellweaver Volute which costs five mana to enchant an instant in a graveyard and then copies that instant's effect when you cast a sorcery, but then exiles that instant and can be played on another instant in a graveyard.  This is a very specific card with particular demands on deck design and with the relatively high cost just seems like too much effort for minimal results.  There are simpler methods to get additional usage from instants that don't require a sorcery to trigger and overall this card is an interesting concept with little value in a competitive build.
 
For Limited having the necessary combination of cards to make this worth playing is unlikely and more flexible cards are available that can make a bigger impact on a game.  A solid uncommon or even common is probably a better choice from a Booster draft and in Sealed there is little reason to justify Spellweaver Volute's mana cost.
 
Constructed: 2.0
Casual: 2.0
Limited: 1.0
Multiplayer: 2.0

John
Shultis
Phoenix
Gaming

      Welcome to the card of the day section here at Pojo.com. Today we are looking at Spellweaver Volute from Future Site. Spellweaver Volute is a rare blue enchantment. Spellweaver Volute costs three generic and two blue mana. Spellweaver Volute says enchant instant in your graveyard. Whenever you cast a sorcery card, you copy the enchanted instant without paying it’s mana cost, and then that spell is exiled, and you enchant a different instant card in your graveyard.

       Spellweaver Volute is definitely an interesting card. The ability to recast instants whoever you play a sorcery can definitely be a game changer. The main problem is continuously casting instants prior to a sorcery so that the Spellweaver Volute is able to target something. Izzet decks got a major boost from Spellweaver Volute. Any Izzet based deck knows how to do some spell slinging, and can definitely benefit from the Spellweaver Volute. The fact that the spells get exiled can be a a problem though, but it is always fun to be benefiting from the Spellweaver Volute with a Pyromancer’s Ascension on the board.

      All in all, a very fun card that is just begging to be used, and abused.
 
Limited: n/a
Casual: 5/5
Constructed: 5/5
Mulltiplayer: 3/5


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