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Tiago Chan designed this as a Blue card; I wonder if R&D had asked if they could make it Red what he would have said. Mark Rosewater said it would have been Red had R&D designed it ( I think I would have preferred this guy as Red. Flashback is primary in Red according to Rosewater (see link), probably because it fits Red's impulsive, aggressive mentality; plus I know needing at least Blue/Red in Commander to flashback, say, already annoying extra turn spells would make it played less, and thus seen less, and thus less annoying for most people, including myself. If only. As is, it should have been a 1/2 or 1/1. I get that Blue can have decent creatures on occasion, but high-profile cards like this one (and did anyone in R&D not think that the last Invitational card would be high-profile) should stick to the color pie just as much as commons must.
Posted By: sarroth (8/20/2012 4:15:29 PM)


This is one of those cards they might regret printing when it's all said and done.
Posted By: Hanksingle (9/22/2011 6:43:21 PM)


I thought this guy wouldn't be very useful in limited...boy, was I wrong. It was unfortunately the only decent card I opened, but man did he do some crazy stuff. I did this at the end of my opponent's turn: victim of night, snapcaster mage, flashback victim of night. Then swung for the win. Epic stuff...can't wait to see what he does in my vesper control deck.
Posted By: Laguz (9/25/2011 6:41:29 PM)


In a world where Pitchforks, Torches, and steaknives are considered top-notch anti-Evil security.....


Seriously people- that is a laser gun on a Magic card. Do NOT underestimate this. o.O

If you get two of these on the stack at the same time, with the intention of targeting the same card, they don't actually enter the battlefield. Instead, the beams get crossed and the Stay Pufft Marshmallow Man (13/13 Flying Hexproof Indestructible Trample Legendary Creature- Marshmallow Zombie Spirit Demon)
comes in and kills the crap out of everyone.)


hm. Withengar Unbound huh? that' and evil -.-
Looks like we have our Stay Pufft Marshmallow Demon after the question is how to combine him Ghostbuster Mage and Ghostbuster's Rig....
Posted By: DarthParallax (2/9/2012 6:02:37 AM)


Thank you wizards, this is the most beautiful ghost buster I have ever seen.
Posted By: thepillow (9/25/2011 4:32:26 PM)


@JimmyNoobPlayer: I do wonder why people would LIKE format-warpers of such a magnitude. There's a chance of them having to face off against them, and the RNG denying them their own format-warpers...Of course, this is coming from someone who doesn't acknowledge the reality of "coolness".
Posted By: SkyknightXi (9/6/2012 8:50:14 AM)


El Snaperino or Mr. Snapples?
Posted By: Antares2 (10/25/2011 5:19:16 PM)


Got one of these at the pre-release, and he is as good as everyone says. Won my last game by playing him at the end of my opponent's turn, flashing back Midnight Haunting, then on my turn dropping a land, playing and equipping an inquisitor's flail to a moon heron, popping selfless cathar and swinging for 14. Even with cards that already have flashback, he makes the flashback cheaper. Great card, now I only need 3 more...
Posted By: Amnesigenic (9/25/2011 10:40:23 AM)


This card is one of the best blue creatures ever printed and definitely will see play in every format. Not only that, I actually LIKE the card (the art, not so much).

Easy 5/5 for me.
Posted By: LlanowarEmissary (9/23/2011 2:26:05 PM)


I don't think I'm the only one under the impression that if he didn't have flash, he'd be much less valuable. Sure, I can play it on my turn and Day of Judgment again. But why not play it on yours, and Negate you out of the graveyard?

And that's just the tip of the iceberg with this guy. Mark my words, Blue/White control, maybe even Esper control, will make you absolutely loathe this card.


Venser, the Sojourner
Posted By: QuietK (9/24/2011 4:59:43 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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