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Wargate
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 Wargate
- Alara Reborn

Reviewed November 12, 2015

Constructed: 3.13
Casual: 3.83
Limited: 3.50
Multiplayer: 3.33
Commander [EDH]: 3.83

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David Fanany

Player since 1995

Wargate
 
It's funny how time alters your perceptions of a Magic card - when Wargate was new, I read it as an enhanced version of Chord of Calling, but now I see it as an odd oblique reference to Alara Reborn's cascade mechanic. You pay some amount of mana, large or small, and you get a card that's a set amount cheaper. You have more control over it than with cascade, of course, and the ability to summon Elspeth Tirel or Ghostly Prison on demand is very, very hard to top, and even harder for opponents to respond to.
 
Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 5/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 4/5
EDH/Commander: 4/5
Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Wargate which is a Green, White, and Blue plus X sorcery that puts a permanent card with casting cost of X or less into play.  This is a very powerful card for a Bant deck in Commander, but the three colors added to the mana cost reduces options in other formats somewhat.  Getting any non-basic land into play for three shouldn't be overlooked.  As a tutor that puts the card directly into play the added mana cost does not slow down tempo when mana is already available.  Overall a card with a small number of builds able to use it, but is both flexible and effective when a deck is designed around it.
 
In Limited this can search for most cards that would be wanted as a topdeck and is a great card for a Bant or five color deck to have in Sealed.  One color can of course be splashed to help manage the color needs and the flexibility is a major benefit.  For Booster this can be a strong part of a deck, but locking into three colors as a first pick is fairly risky and without shard lands to support it may not work as effectively as a more direct threat.
 
Constructed: 3.5
Casual: 3.5
Limited: 3.5
Multiplayer: 3.5
EDH/Commander: 4.5


Armuun
Wargate
 
It's a neat pick, but i'd stick with genesis wave, or chord of calling. Sure, you can cast planeswalkers or an oblivion ring from your library, but genesis wave potentially gives you more and chord is an instant. this is neat, but I don't see it being used on anything overly useful, especially in bant colors.
 
Constructed: 2
Casual: 2.5
Limited: 3
Multiplayer: 2.5
EDH: 3

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