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This guy is just one more reminder of why most worlds finals decks run blue. You want to win? Run blue. Because blue has stuff like this guy.
Posted By: MechaKraken (5/30/2012 9:46:46 PM)


"Anyone care to explain why this isn't the top-rated card in Innistrad?"

Because noobs are aloud to rate any number of stars they want and be counted toward the average.

It's hard to convince a new player or non-competitive player for that matter, the significant of card advantage. Then they ask me why I am using Remand, not Cancel and I try to explain. They don't believe me, but wonder still why they don't win.
Posted By: Wisdomseyes (4/2/2012 12:35:46 PM)


Venser. Frickin Venser.
Posted By: Arachnos (7/28/2013 10:14:00 AM)


Venser the sojourner
Snapcaster mage...

Posted By: EmperorAkira (8/25/2013 1:09:31 PM)


The epitome of flashy.
Posted By: j_mindfingerpainter (9/5/2013 8:26:12 PM)


Sigh, no offense but anyone with a brain/anyone that knows anything about magic shouldn't be voting under 4.5/5 for this creature. I voted 5/5 because he deserves 10/5.
Posted By: zeeehmtee (5/15/2012 8:16:23 AM)


Look at all the cool spells in your collection. Imagine them with "Flashback 1Blue + casting cost. When you flash back this card, put a 2/1 blue Wizard into play."

Now imagine giving that to all of your cards. Vintage decks are winning by pairing Snapcaster with Mana Drain. I wouldn't pay 1BlueBlueU} for Mana Drains 1 through 4. But I'm happy to pay 1BlueBlueBlue to have Mana Drains five through eight. And that's the beauty of Snapcaster: he's copies five through eight of your most powerful spell.
Posted By: Salient (2/12/2012 2:16:12 PM)


I'd play this even if it were just an instant without a creature attached. So ridiculous.
Posted By: 2pcsofcandy (9/23/2011 4:44:19 PM)


Yeah, I was looking at this card the wrong way. I was thinking along the lines of "Oh hey, I can pay three for a one mana instant, this is crap".

Then when I play an FNM and see 5 straight B/U control decks Snapping back their Mana Leaks and Go for the Throat, I notice how awesome it is to recur some kill or counters. Even if they're just Snapping a Ponder, it still sets them up for a severely smooth game.

Freaking blue being broken all day long.
Posted By: OmegaReborn (1/20/2012 11:02:31 PM)


I'm about a week late, but...

You were right, Chamal. 3 Snapcaster in Marc Lanigra's Grixis Control deck, which won 1st in GenCon Vintage 2012.
Posted By: ChildOfPrometheus (9/28/2012 10:38:08 AM)


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Just a fantastic card. Rating this below 4.5 is either due to saltiness or lack of understanding

Consider the following
This+ Twiddle= Deceiver Exarch
This+ Thoughtseize is very much like a Vendillion Clique effectively you pay 2 life to deny the draw, power is reduced and doesn't have flying.
This+Any 2 mana counterspell is like Mystic Snake
This+Cruel Ultimatum is roughly Jin-Gitaxias, Core Augur... Well ok, it's not really equivalent, but that's the sort of craziness this card is capable of
And that's just comparing it to successful creatures with flash and ETB effects. Note that the portion of the power 9 that aren't artifacts all have obscenely low costs. So do Lightning BoltReanimateSwords to PlowsharesMana DrainRemand and for tha... (see all)
Posted By: Drewskithelegend (4/10/2014 4:12:45 PM)


EDIT: @Enelysios

Look at mtgoacademy's Deck Tech section. Blue/white/red control is in the 4-0's almost every single day. So is Twin-mite and Faries. All of these run 4X Snapcaster Mage. Jund shows up too, but with the loss of Deathrite Shaman, the only 4-of is Liliana (which in my opinion, should also be banned). Dark confidant is up there, but requires your deck be specifically built to use it. Otherwise, Jund has incredibly diverse deck lists, and so does Birthing Pod for that matter, while control is almost guaranteed to have at least 12-20 cards in common with last year's world champion deck. Zoo is almost never represented in the 4-0 or even 3-1's of the dailies. You see Zoo in pro events, but it's competitiveness at these events has more to do with the skill of the player than the ability to look up decks on the internet, otherwise, it would be more represented in dailies.

Abrupt decay is ok, but it is specifically designed to combat control decks, against any other deck, it... (see all)
Posted By: hypa_dude (3/22/2014 11:38:15 PM)


EDIT: @Hypa_dude: Its not banned because Modern needs it. If the modern format loses any of its powerful control pieces, Zoo and Jund decks are going to turn the format into something too fast and unplayable. Snapcaster is in some ways the Force of Will of Modern. Without powerful control cards, the eternal formats degenerate into the first player to go winning.

Cyclonic rift may be one of the best EDH removal cards, but its not the best removal in the game, that's a joke. Jund colors are where destruction is at in modern. Abrupt Decay and lightning bolt specifically. Green gets the best creatures in terms of bodies. The 2/1 body is nice, but its not why people are running snappy. Wild Nacatl is an example of one of green's beastly creatures. At the time I am writing this control is not faring overly well in modern, its all birthing pod decks and a bit of Naya ... (see all)
Posted By: Enelysios (3/22/2014 8:19:52 PM)


Everyone's getting all mad at wizards for printing this. "Should have been red," say some. "Shouldn't have been a creature," say others.

But it wasn't wizards' fault. Tiago Chan designed this card.
Posted By: FlingIt (3/1/2014 11:57:49 PM)


Really should have been red. Giving temporary flashback is NOT a blue ability. Even in block we have the example of Past in Flames, and as a further way of throwing it in Red's face, reprinting Recoup in Sorin vs. Tibalt. Give us a damn break and stop favoring Blue so damn much.
Posted By: Goatllama (2/17/2014 9:44:37 PM)


A super-powerful card that likely shouldn't have been printed in its current form. Ironically, this remains legal in Modern while the card meant to answer it was recently banned.
Posted By: Continue (2/8/2014 6:42:19 PM)


Instant-speed Regrowth in blue? I'll take four. Ironic that Regrowth is restricted in vintage while Snapcaster Mage and Burning Wish are not.
Posted By: Fermidirac (1/29/2014 10:53:08 AM)


@Khazpar: Because having 1/2 stats would make it even easier to break with combos.
Posted By: MizziumSculptor444 (12/16/2013 3:03:04 PM)


Wizards, did you really need to give this guy 2 power? He still would have seen a ton of play with a power of 0, I think a power of 1 would have been fine.
Posted By: Khazpar (12/7/2013 6:33:45 PM)


Anyone who voted this card less than 5/5 either doesn't understand its power, or is hate rating it.

This is the best creature in all of Magic, no card could deserve the rating more.

There may come a day when it is proven that Emrakul, the Aeons Torn is better, but that just hasn't happened yet. Vintage Champs 2013 is next month, and we will have to see what happens. You better believe that Snapcaster will be in at least some of the Top 8 decks again though.

The reason this guy is so good, is because it gets more powerful the better the instants/sorceries you are working with are (closer to Vintage). For 3 mana this atom bomb of a card can flashback an Ancestral Recall and give you a 2/1 beater and 3 card draw (again since you already cast it). When you are drawing things like the Moxen, Tinker, Time Vault, Time Walk, etc. then it starts to become clear why this is such a powerful... (see all)
Posted By: FlashCaster (10/27/2013 5:29:47 AM)


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