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Jace, Vryn's Prodigy
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Top 10 New MTG Cards of 2015

#1 - Jace, Vryn's Prodigy // Jace, Telepath Unbound
- MTG Origins

Reviewed December xx, 2015

Constructed: 4.25
Casual: 3.00
Limited: 3.25
Multiplayer: 3.00
Commander [EDH]: 3.00

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David Fanany

Player since 1995

Jace, Vryn's Prodigy
 
Much like the Origins incarnation of Liliana, Vryn's Prodigy and Telepath Unbound are a well-craftedJace, Telepath Unbound tribute to nearly a decade of Jace: a little card drawing a la Lorwyn, some foreshadowing of the tricks he'd use as the Architect of Thought, and a powerful milling attack. If you do get him in play on your second turn, it's surprisingly easy to get five or more cards in your graveyard over the next two turns (though it's also easy to overkill on the cheap cantrips trying to do that and then lack enough to actually do with them, so be careful). Once you do, ascended Jace is likely to be used most often for another casting of a value spell, as his numbers are quite specific and he's not as good at defending himself as some planeswalkers are. But then, Snapcaster Mage taught us that that's often more than enough to win a match.
 
Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 3/5
Multiplayer: 3/5
EDH/Commander: 3/5

Paul

Welcome back readrers todays card of the day is the number one card of the year unveiled its Jace! No suprise as Jace has been one of the most powerful planeswalker. Merfolk Looter has always been a solid card an early play that can help you shape your hand. Jace is Merfolk Looter with a tremendous upside allowing you slowly scultp your hand in the early game to transform later. The planeswalker side is where the meat of the card is. The +1 is all but inconsequantial but allows you to hold back some agressive creatures in a pinch. The second ability to basically flashback a spell form your graveyard is amazingly powerful and with a wide variety of spells available to control decks in particular you can accrue even more advantage as you grind your opponent out recuring spells. The ultimate is rarely activated on planeswalkers and is basically gravy, this one is basically a long term win condition for control mirror match ups that can on some occasionaly inadverently benefit your opponent making it unattractive. In standard this card has increased in both price and popularity appearing in a wide swath of control decks over the year propelling blue decks into the top tier and a resurgance for control one of the most powerful and played cards in standard. In modern, legacy and even vintage this card has made small ripples and is seeing play across all formats a testament to its power. In casual, multiplayer, and EDH its underwelming, its Merfolk Looter with a slightly underwleming planeswalker as a bonus when transformed. The abilities are simply not powerful enough in formats with some of the powerhouses of the kitchen table. In limited its powerful allowing you to turn through your deck and planeswalkers are in most occasions bombs. Jace is once again one of the most powerful planeswalkers printed and our number one card of the year.

Constructed: 5.0
Casual: 3.0
Limited: 4.0
Multiplayer: 3.0
Commander [EDH]: 2.5

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

The number one card of the year is Jace, Vryn's Prodigy and the transformed Jace, Telepath Unbound.  This can be played with a few cards already in the grave to accelerate the transformation, though the draw and discard is beneficial in and of itself the 0/2 for two is vulnerable.
 
Transformed this has a defensive +1 of giving a -2/-0 to one creature until your next turn which is useful for avoiding a trade and minimizing potential damage to Jace.  The -3 allows casting of an instant or sorcery from the graveyard which works well with the 0/2 as setup.  The
-9 has you mill five cards from an opponent whenever you cast a spell which is a nice boost for a library destruction deck, though aside from the -3 the earlier abilities don't really support that kind of build.
 
Overall this is a planeswalker with some decent support effects and the low base cost should make it fairly popular in current formats.
 
In Limited nearly any planeswalker is worth a first pick and even though this is a little weak in the format it still rates a first pick in Booster as the +1 and -3 are both effective tools.  For Sealed this depends more on the pool than other planeswalkers as it can't carry a deck and should be sidedecked or splashed at best if Blue is weak.
 
Constructed: 3.5
Casual: 3.5
Limited: 3.5
Multiplayer: 3.5


Armuun

Snapcas.... Oops. Looter... Damn it. Jace the min.... F***. 
 
We wrap up our list of the years best... with... An effective reprint of snapcaster mage that's slower, but a bit more versatile. in the way of number of abilities, not.... exceptional versatility like Snappy. Anyway, the main reason you're going to run this is for the possibility (and I mean vague possibility) of being able to repeat the flashback ability more than once. At it's start, it's a looter. it draws and dumps. The +1 is okay, and the Ult. is nothing to write home about, So... yeah. It does stuff, but I hardly think it's no. 1 this year, and totally not worth the 60 some-odd bucks it's going for right now. Seriously, go look, it's going for MORE than snapcaster. Just because it's standard legal and snappy is not.
 
Finally, Happy new year to you guys. Let's hope our next year of Magic has more variety, and not repeats of the same stuff (Although I wouldn't hold my breath...)
 
Constructed: 3 (And i'm being really generous here. Flashback is nice, but repetition does not help the meta.)

Casual: 2.5
Limited: 2.5
Multiplayer: 2.5
EDH: 3


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