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Eternal Witness
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 Eternal Witness
- Modern Masters

Reviewed July 3, 2013

Constructed: 4.83
Casual: 4.67
Limited: 4.83
Multiplayer: 4.83

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BMoor

Eternal Witness

Countless combos have used this as their lynchpin, to recur another spell and then flicker the Witness to trigger its ability again. Even if you're not using her to go infinite, you're getting a 2/1 and a free card-- and that card isn't just a random draw off the top, it's your pick of whatever you want from your graveyard. Most of the time your graveyard will consist of dead creatures and used-up instants and sorceries, so you've got a much better chance of finding something good in there than in the luck of the draw. Sheer card advantage does indeed win games, and this is unquestionable card advantage.

Constructed- 5
Casual- 4.5
Limited- 5
Multiplayer- 5

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Eternal Witness
 
This just happens to be my favorite Magic card of all time. It's partly because it has beautiful artwork drawn by my favorite Magic artist. It's partly because it combines existing card designs in a simple and elegant way to make something bigger than the sum of its parts. It's partly because it interacts with just about everything ever printed, and it's hard to find a deck that it doesn't improve. It's partly because it single-handedly makes Forests and other green cards a worthy addition to any deck, in any format, ever. The only wrinkle is that Standard probably needs her just as much as Modern Masters does.
 
Constructed: 5/5
Casual: 5/5
Limited: 5/5
Multiplayer: 5/5

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Eternal Witness which is a three mana Green
2/1 that returns a card from your graveyard to hand when it enters play.  This is a fantastic effect and at just one more mana than Regrowth, but comes into play can be reused with blink or other recursion like graveyard play with Black.  This is a case of a spell costing more mana and having the vulnerabilities of a permanent tacked on that isn't worse as a result, which says a great deal. Overall the card advantage gained by having a creature in addition to a choice from your graveyard is a worthwhile consideration for a large variety of primarily Green builds across several formats.
 
In Limited formats that allow this it is only held back by the double Green and is otherwise a must play whenever possible. Appearing later in the game is a benefit by generally having more available in the graveyard and it is an amazingly good topdeck.  A possible first pick in Booster if the rare isn't compelling and automatic for Sealed, if the Green pool can support the majority of the deck.
 
Constructed: 4.5
Casual: 4.5
Limited: 4.5
Multiplayer: 4.5


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