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Political Trickery
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Political Trickery
- Mirage

Reviewed March 2, 2014

Constructed: 2.33
Casual: 2.50
Limited: 1.67
Multiplayer: 2.53

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BMoor

Political Trickery

What use could this possibly be?
Give you a land so yours comes to me?
Lands are rarely enchanted,
so to make the trade slanted
would be quite the curiosity.
I suppose if you needed a Plains,
You could switch with someone who has same.
But that's coincidental
All the best cards are mental
pulling that off's all luck and no brains.

Constructed- 1
Casual- 1.5
Limited- 1
Multiplayer- 1.6

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Political Trickery
 
So is this the blue Stone Rain, or the poor man's Annex? Actually, I think it's quite a bit better than either of those. After all, Stone Rain never gave you your very own Maze of Ith to use on your opponent's scary Erhnam Djinn or Serra Angel. Stone Rain and the like may answer cards like Mishra's Factory and Treetop Village, but Political Trickery progresses lets you use them yourself, and progresses the game (and makes more time for more games afterwards - we like playing Magic, so playing it more should be good, right?). That's before you even get into the applications for multiplayer formats like Commander, where you can use it for the obvious things but also as a way to "lend-lease" powerful lands to someone who needs them to accomplish something that also benefits you (perhaps you have an Urzatron piece that somebody's missing and a mutual enemy who needs to get Fireballed?). An absolutely amazing card all-around.
 
Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 2/5
Multiplayer: 4/5
Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Political Trickery which is a three mana Blue sorcery that exchanges control of a target land you control and one an opponent controls.  This can be useful to enable landwalk, weaken a color base, or gain control of a key non-basic.  However, the exact same effect exists on Vedalken Plotter for the same mana cost and the additional benefit of a 1/1 body.  In Commander both can be used, or if Islandwalk is absolutely key to the deck, but overall the concept is better represented by the Plotter.
 
In Limited this can be used to support any of the landwalk creatures you may have drafted, short an opponent on a color they are lacking, or to take one of the in block lands that tap for additional mana. It is very situational and not a high priority in Sealed or as a Booster draft choice, though it can be very effective alongside a den of River Boas.
 
Constructed: 2.0
Casual: 2.0
Limited: 2.0
Multiplayer: 2.0


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