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Augur of Bolas
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Augur of Bolas
- Magic 2013

Reviewed August 22, 2012

Constructed: 3.75
Casual: 3.75
Limited: 3.50
Multiplayer: 3.75

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David Fanany

Player since 1995

Augur of Bolas
 
A quick note: this guy is the replacement for Ponder, not Index, so don't get snarky, water mages. Having said that, Bolas sure knows how to pick his minions. This guy's obvious use is alongside creatures like Delver of Secrets and Snapcaster Mage, blocking early attackers and holding a Runechanter's Pike (when did you ever see Ponder do that?). He's destined, though, to find homes far beyond that: a lot of spell-based decks in both competitive and casual settings struggle to defend themselves against creatures and to have something to do in the face of counterspells or hand disruption, and a card that lets them do both while still advancing their main plan is nothing short of amazing. Underestimate this card at your own peril.
 
Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 4/5
Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Augur of Bolas which is a two mana Blue 1/3 that lets you look at the top three cards of your library, reveal an instant or sorcery from them, add it to your hand then place the remaining cards at the bottom of your library.  As a merfolk and three toughness creature this has decent use both in tribal and control decks as a blocker attached to a useful effect. Other cards may be better at library manipulation or as a two mana creature, but having both in one makes this a strong choice in multiple designs.  Overall this will likely see play across many levels and should remain relatively popular for the foreseeable future.
 
In Limited there usually aren't as many non-creature spells available in the creature driven format to really have enough to get the most out of this effect.  Any removal or other useful cards can be a huge advantage to running Augur, but the odds are somewhat against that with a large supply of creatures and sixteen or more lands in a forty card deck.  A two mana 1/3 is playable though and if your pool has powerful spell support then this is a great card that can be maindecked in Sealed or drafted early on after a bomb spell.
 
Constructed: 3.5
Casual: 3.5
Limited: 3.0
Multiplayer: 3.5


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