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Best blue creature ever printed, gives you card advantage, ranges from good to "complete blowout" if you play him most of the time. Legacy staple and instant classic. How could anyone NOT give this 5/5?
Posted By: kbx00bm (4/25/2012 6:43:16 PM)


Ahh good ol' Snappy, this guy is way too good for standard :/
5/5 Stars
Posted By: Hunter06 (2/3/2013 2:55:49 PM)


@Gaffy00: No, it is, and will prove itself to be, the best card printed from this set.

In fact, I am surprised at the 4.3 rating. The only reason it should be so low is people hating on the printing of such a powerful card.

Just with some cheap spells, like Spell Pierce, Path to Exile, Vampiric Tutor, even Lightning Bolt, this card is very efficient. Do not forget that it can come out as a surprise-blocker and basically trade for an opponent's creature, while adding another effect.

Expect to see a lot of these in decks, and very few in trade-binders.
Posted By: BuffJittePLZ (9/26/2011 8:15:09 AM)



"Of course, someone's going to come along and say, "But he gets to do ALL of these things! Versamatility, wtf pwnt!" Not really."

Your argument that Snapcaster Mage isn't versatile seems kind of weak to me. Yes, you are limited by the spells in your opening hand and what you draw into, but assuming you draw first, the game lasts for 5 turns, and you're running no additional card draw, you will have seen 1/5 of your deck by the end of the game. This is actually a pretty strict situation as most games last longer and most blue decks tend to run some form of card draw (usually in the form of instants and sorcery).

Also, Dismember actually gives a creature -5/-5, not -2/-2. So with a snapcaster mage it's actually more like a Morkrut Banshee on crack,
Posted By: Andromeiylochk (10/12/2011 3:01:52 PM)


Sure is broken in here.
Posted By: auriscope (9/23/2011 4:52:35 PM)


This guy seems to be the most one of (if not, the) most hyped cards in the set. For good reason too, it allows you to get double the use out of a sorcery or instant in your graveyard. It will be interesting to see how good he pays of to be.
Posted By: JFM2796 (9/22/2011 2:45:19 PM)


He'd be good if he had flying, deathtouch and lifelink.
Posted By: Teh_Kitchen (10/2/2011 11:53:06 PM)


I'll never forgive myself for trading him for a Grimgrin, Corpse-Born...never ever...
Yeah, it was my fault for being stupid, but I wasn't expecting him to be a $25+ at the time!

Now that I'm done sobbing, does anyone else think he looks like Mr. Chow from the Hangover?
Posted By: AlbinoSnowman (10/1/2011 7:45:56 PM)


Looks like a built in Yawgmoth's Will for instants and sorceries, and you get a 2/1 body with a chance of reuse
Posted By: Paladin85 (9/26/2011 10:14:49 PM)


Fun to play with brutal to play against 5/5
Posted By: dcole (8/30/2012 4:20:52 PM)


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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)
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