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Vendilion Clique
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Vendilion Clique
- Modern Masters

Reviewed July 17, 2013

Constructed: 4.17
Casual: 3.90
Limited: 4.10
Multiplayer: 3.33

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BMoor

Vendilion Clique

I remember when this first came out, there was a lot of discussion as to how valuable the Clique's hand disruption ability is. You get to banish the best card in their hand, but they get to draw a replacement. But the replacement probably won't be as scary as the card you banished, it'll likely be a land, or something not quite relevant. And you get to see the rest of their hand, so you can plan accordingly... except for that one card.

In all this conjecture it's easy to lose track of the fact that Vendilion Clique is a 3/1 flyer for three mana, which is a fearsome card on its own, AND it has flash.

Constructed- 4
Casual- 4
Limited- 4.75
Multiplayer- 3.5

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Vendilion Clique
 
This is how I prefer to remember Veesa, Endry, and Iliona. It's great that they were such major players in the mega-story of the Lorwyn-Shadowmoor mega-block, but much like the faerie tales that those underrated sets were based on, it doesn't have the happiest of endings. I won't give it away for those who haven't read it, because I'd rather everyone else remembered them like this too. They also offer gameplay that never existed before and may never again: a trick that acts like Duress on your opponent, like Opt on yourself, and like a strong flying creature all the time makes them about six deck slots in one, and makes them relevant practically all of the time. Much like yesterday's card of the day, they instantly improve almost any deck in their color, and can turn around a game just by being cast.
 
Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 3/5
Multiplayer: 2/5
Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Vendilion Clique which is a three mana Blue
3/1 Legendary with Flash, Flying, and when it comes into play you look at target player's hand and may choose a non-land card from it, reveal it, then place it on the bottom of the library and that player draws a card. At instant speed it can be a surprise evasive threat played at the end of an opponent's turn with unused countermagic mana, block to trade with an attacker of three or less toughness, filter your hand by trading out a card for another, or stall out an opponent's upcoming play by trading out their card. This is a very powerful, versatile, and popular choice for Blue decks across formats and is only held back by the Legendary status, one toughness, and double Blue in the casting cost. Overall those drawbacks don't lessen the impact by much and it even has some support with the Faerie or Wizard types for tribal builds.

In Limited the double Blue is a minor issue, but a three mana evasive creature for three mana is a great first pick even if the rare draft value isn't incentive enough. In Sealed or Booster if Blue is a decent portion of the deck this is an automatic inclusion and there's no real drawback as at worst it trades and can filter your hand by a card.

Constructed: 4.5
Casual: 4.5
Limited: 4.5
Multiplayer: 4.5


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