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Mind's Dilation
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 Mind's Dilation
- Eldritch Moon

Reviewed Sept. 6, 2016

Constructed: 1.67
Casual: 4.00
Limited: 2.13
Multiplayer: 4.13
Commander [EDH]: 4.25

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David Fanany

Player since 1995

Mind's Dilation
 
In the abstract, this should actually be a pretty scary deterrent against opponents playing spells, in the tradition of Standstill. Most people select cards for their decks that do bad things to opponents and they wouldn't want turned against them. Of course, one of the things that made Standstill so scary is its low cost, and against a lot of decks Mind's Dilation risks being too late to be relevant. In practice, about 40% of an opponent's deck is going to be land and thus ineligible, and there's no guarantee that anything that is eligible will be entirely relevant to the current situation. I still think this card can do some interesting things, though - it just needs a deck designed to exploit it, whether that involves complicated ways to rearrange the top of your opponent's library or simply the good old-fashioned Time Ebb.
 
Constructed: 2/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 2/5
Multiplayer: 4/5
EDH/Commander: 4/5

James H.

Mind’s Dilation (9/5)
 
At seven mana, Mind’s Dilation is one of those awkward “casual/EDH” cards that struggles to do anything outside of that format. The effect is pretty powerful, though, and it creates a lot of fun potential lines; since the effect fires before their spell resolves, they could exile a counterspell to their own spell. It’s also an each turn effect, not limited to either their turn or your turn.
 
It’s high reward on occasion, but also potentially a whiff. And at seven mana without an impact on the board, you’re only going to get this to do anything in a slow multiplayer game…this isn't great in Limited, as this probably drops after their big bomb, and this does nothing to stop a cute and cuddly hydra from bashing your face in.
 
Constructed: 1.25
Casual: 4
Limited: 2.25
Multiplayer: 4.25
Commander: 4.5


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