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Counterlash
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Counterlash
Dark Ascension

Reviewed April 11, 2012

Constructed: 3.00
Casual: 3.67
Limited: 3.50
Multiplayer: 3.33

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BMoor

Counterlash

A real backbreaker when it works. You not only deny your opponent a spell but get to cast a free one of your own? I think I have a new favorite way of cheating Eldrazi titans into play! Oh, but don't run that victory lap yet, folks. In order for that magical moment to happen, you have to leave six mana up, and you have to have a good spell in your hand that matches type with what your opponent plays. Suppose you've got your Kozilek, Butcher of Truth ready to get Counterlashed out, but your opponent's big play-- the one he's been waiting for all game-- is Karn Liberated or Cruel Ultimatum. And that's not even considering that your opponent might see your six untapped Islands and have some idea what you're planning. What he does about it is a quandary worthy of its own article, but the short version is that Counterlash is really only as good as you are at bluffing your opponent into thinking that you dropped an Island and passed the turn because you've got nothing good in hand, not because you're waiting to cheat out your bomb.

Constructed- 4
Casual- 4
Limited- 4
Multiplayer- 4

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Counterlash

Now this is an interesting card. It reminds me a lot of the classic "kick you while you're down" card Desertion, except sort of backwards. The fact that you have to have your own free spell on hand, and the fact that you might be countering something more powerful than whatever's in your hand, mean that it might be a little high-risk and high-variance for competitive decks. Fortunately, those characteristics make it perfect for other settings. There's a pretty scary "Counter your creature, here's my Emrakul" deck out there waiting to be built, and I have no doubt it will come out to be pretty terrifying.

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

Today's card of the day is Counterlash which is a six mana Blue that counters target spell and allows you to cast a spell that shares a type with the target without paying the mana cost.  This takes a fairly specific build to be truly effective, but even just countering and getting a similar cost spell from hand into play can be worthwhile to maintain tempo without tapping out.  A high casting cost spell can easily turn this into a finisher and it might make it into a few decks as sort of an alternate to the Polymorph style designs that appear fairly regularly.
 
For Limited this is an interesting card that can be picked first in Booster and supported by the rare from another pack, though getting both in hand is unlikely.  Counter-magic works well enough in the format, though saving it for a major threat can be a gamble, though the biggest issue is having another card to play that couldn't have been played before Counterlash is needed.  Despite the risks and timing concerns it is generally worth a shot in Sealed and Booster as it has high potential and can even force out a splashed card without the proper mana in play.
 
Constructed: 3.0
Casual: 3.0
Limited: 3.5
Multiplayer: 3.0

John
Shultis
Phoenix
Gaming

      Welcome to the Pojo.com card of the day section. Today we are looking at Counterlash from Dark Ascension. Counterlash is a rare blue instant that costs four generic mana and two blue mana. Counterlash counters target spell, you may then cast a non-land card that shares a card type with the countered spell without paying its mana cost. 

     I LOVE Counterlash. Many people call me crazy, but I absolutely LOVE it. I’ll tell you why. I decided it was such an amazing card as soon as I saw it during the previews for the Dark Ascension set that I built a deck before they even launched. I loaded it with some ridiculous things, and then made it bigger and better. The reason is because with mana acceleration, you well could spend very little mana to counter the spell, and then you get whatever you want so long as it shared a type. I have even countered things otherwise unthreatening JUST to do so. The reason, your opponent casts say, a Llanowar Elf, later in the game of course. Counterlash, creature countered, I cast Emrakul. Or your opponent drops out say, Phyrexian Metamorph, Counterlash, Blightsteel Colossus. The trick is using blue to its full advantage with this card to ensure things are in your hand. Use Trinket Mages to grab some fat artifact creatures, and then have fun with it! I loved the idea of using Eldrazi’s, for starters because they often give you little ones that can be sacrificed for mana ultimately making your spell cheaper! 
 
Limited: 5/5
Casual: 5/5
Constructed: 5/5
Multiplayer: 3/5


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