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Jace, Unraveler of Secrets
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Jace, Unraveler of Secrets
- Shadows over Innistrad

Reviewed Feb. 27, 2017

Constructed: 2.88
Casual: 3.50
Limited: 3.75
Multiplayer: 4.13
Commander [EDH]: 4.25

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James H.

Jace, Unraveler of Secrets (2/27)
 
As is his wont, the seventh (!) Jace wants to try and be a control freak. His +1 is card filtering and card draw, his -2 is Unsummon, and his ultimate is Erayo's Essence, a supremely annoying Saviors of Kamigawa card that makes everyone’s life miserable.
 
Unfortunately, Jace 7.0 is a bit slow, too slow to really work like he'd want. Five mana is an awkward space for planeswalkers, where you really want them to have an impact on the board immediately. Jace doesn’t, beyond feebly Unsummoning a creature you don't want on the board. Control has a hard enough time in Standard, and Jace doesn't help the deck's gameplan enough.
 
His ultimate is powerful, and being able to get it off will make your opponent's game a miserable experience. But he relies so much on his ultimate, and he has to tick up for several turns to get there, so he's really not as effective as past Jace planeswalkers have been.
 
Constructed: 2.75
Casual: 4
Limited: 3.5
Multiplayer: 4.25
Commander: 4.5


David Fanany

Player since 1995

Jace, Unraveler of Secrets
 
This, as I recall, was Jace when he basically took a level in the investigator prestige class. If you know what I'm talking about and have ever literally done something like that over the years, can you do yourself, and RPGs in general, a favor? Try not to just tack on a whole bunch of single levels in classes just because. "Battle Priest of Freya" has a nice ring to it, and you and everyone else know exactly what your character is about. "Fighter 2 / Rogue 1 / Bard 1 / Gunslinger 1 / Investigator 1 / Horizon Walker 1" kinda, well, doesn't.
 
Much like Magic players, Jace has worn an awful lot of metaphorical hats and played an awful lot of roles over the years. Most of them involve drawing cards, and that pretty much makes them automatically usable somewhere. Unraveler of Secrets also has that very tempting ultimate, based on Erayo, Soratami Ascendant from Saviors of Kamigawa - it takes even longer to get there than with Erayo, but since it involves scrying and drawing cards, it's not a huge sacrifice.
 
Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 4/5
EDH/Commander: 4/5


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