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Dissolve
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 Dissolve
- Theros

Reviewed October 9, 2013

Constructed: 3.60
Casual: 2.80
Limited: 3.30
Multiplayer: 2.60

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BMoor

Dissolve

I like Scry. I'm glad it comes back every now and again-- heck, I wish it would come around more often. It's a good way to help take the edge off of the inherent randomness of a game of Magic and tip the scales in your favor. And judging by the way cards that Scry are costed, it seems to be a "practically free" ability". Dissolve here is a good example-- it's Cancel plus Scry 1 for no additional mana. Personally, I've never been comfortable with a three-mana counterspell. It seems like holding three mana up is just too prohibitive to your own board development. But in a dedicated control deck, you're leaving mana up anyway, so there I guess it doesn't matter. It's hard to complain about a straight-up improvement to Cancel, but the old-timey cardslinger in me still balks at anything more expensive than the original Counterspell.

Constructed- 3
Casual- 2.5
Limited- 2
Multiplayer- 2


David Fanany

Player since 1995

Dissolve

There seem to be two different types of illustration that appear on counterspells: ones that show someone's spell failing, and ones that show someone foiling someone else's spell with their power. I prefer the latter, because they emphasize the combative and adversarial element of magical duels and suggest that counterspells can be used for things other than griefing people. Dissolve is a great example of that style, and is also a godsend (pun intended) for control decks, where stopping a threat and setting up your next turn would be worth multiple cards a lot of the time. As a matter of fact, it's not terrible in other types of decks, either. The only downside is that it might end up being hard to physically get enough copies for all my blue Filth Casserole decks!

Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 3/5
Multiplayer: 3/5


Paul

Welcome back readers todays card of the day is the new go to three mana counterspell. Being able to scry is quite powerful as it allows the control deck to filter for more spells or win conditions. In standard it’s a strictly better Cancel and one of the more efficient three mana counters printed recently insuring control decks will utilize this card heavily. In modern and older formats better and cheaper counterpells exist limiting the effectiveness of this card and basically outperforming it. In casual and multiplayer it’s a solid counter and doubly powerful if you have a scry theme otherwise there exists better counterspells for casual and multiplayer needs. In limited it’s a solid counterspell and the scry is relevant. Overall a powerful new counterspell that fills a niche and provides a nice bonus on top of your counter and should see quite a bit of standard play.
 
Constructed :3.5
Casual: 3.0
Limited: 3.0
Multiplayer :2.5

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Dissolve which is a three mana Blue that counters target spell and has Scry 1.  As a strictly better form of Cancel able to counter nearly any spell without innate limitations this will undoubtedly see play in Standard and other recent formats.  While Cancel cost more than the less versatile two mana options, the addition of Scry adds support to multiple Blue themes and increases the efficiency of an already notable threat response.
 
In Limited the double Blue in the cost is a drawback that makes having and keeping the mana available to cast it somewhat difficult in multicolor decks, though just leaving it untapped with any card in hand works as a bluff.  The ability to counter a threat or effectively skip an opponent's turn when they are in topdeck mode makes this a solid card.  Being one of the few weapons available against a god card increases the potential value, even if the timing is very situational, and it is worth a second or third pick in Booster.  For Sealed it relies heavily on a primarily Blue deck, but should not be left in the sideboard when running the color as in the worst case it is a one for one with Scry which is to your advantage.
 
Constructed: 3.5
Casual: 3.5
Limited: 4.5
Multiplayer: 3.5


Skid Rambo

Welcome back Magic players! If you play standard then I’m sure that you’ve already seen enough today’s card! Dissolve is the new staple counter spell in Magic. Having the ability to counter a spell and cycle through your deck is pretty darn good. Some players don’t like counter spells that are 3 or more mana and I can understand that. That is why we have access to cards like Essence Scatter, Negate and Swan Song. As great as those counter spells are, they have limited targets. That is why players tend to fall back to the safe bet which is Dissolve. If you like to play control decks, then Dissolve is right up your alley. Also, if you have a chance to get your hands on a foil, do it! The woman in the picture has body art that you can see in the foil.  “Awesome!”

Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 2/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 2/5


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