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Counterbalance
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Counterbalance
- Coldsnap

Reviewed December 11, 2015

Constructed: 3
Casual: 2
Limited: 1
Multiplayer: 3
Commander [EDH]: 2

Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale:
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David Fanany

Player since 1995

Counterbalance
 
Rather like Manabond on Tuesday, Counterbalance doesn't have much in the way of middle ground. When you're depending only or mainly on the random element, it's very inconsistent, puts you at a disadvantage against decks that are significantly slower or faster than your own, and even in the best case scenario has a 40% chance of showing you a land that can only counter Ancestral Vision and Ornithopter (not that you don't need to counter those sometimes). When you have some sort of scry effect - and heaven forbid a repeatable one like Crystal Ball or the dreaded Sensei's Divining Top - it locks out entire tables and destroys friendships. For those reasons, it's hard to recommend this card for most decks; but it is still an interesting design, and seems to have been the inspiration for interesting cards like Riddle of Lightning.
 
Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 2/5
Limited: 1/5
Multiplayer: 3/5
EDH/Commander: 2/5

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