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After pulling one in prerelease, this guy is absurdly powerful. You'd be a fool not to pick this first in draft, just bringing back something like Rebuke can completely change the face of the game.

Just think what he'll do in Constructed. If you're going to pack a punch, may as well do it twice.
Posted By: SeiberTross (9/25/2011 12:19:41 AM)


Anyone care to explain why this isn't the top-rated card in Innistrad?
Posted By: --Nate-- (10/6/2011 7:38:43 PM)


Yeah. Pretty bonkers card advantage, AND he swings for two. Mystical Teachings on legs.
Posted By: Polychromatic (10/10/2011 7:38:21 PM)


Holla! City of Nephalia! Just let me do one Bump in the Night, get my head straight.

Hangover references aside, this card A.) Still enters the battlefield, even if there is an opposing Curse of Death's Hold on you, and B.) Cannot let you cast the costless Time Spiral spells for free. Giving those spells flashback as per Snapcaster's ability will result in them having the ability Flashback , which is a nonexistent cost and therefore cannot be paid.
Posted By: theratchet1215 (11/3/2011 6:04:37 AM)


Traded one of these for a Karn Liberated and Jace, Memory Adept. I think I was on the better end of the deal.
Posted By: Waloose (12/24/2011 7:55:36 PM)


Apparently, a snappy haircut and a really big water gun can get a man far in this world...... Which just gave me an idea.
Posted By: deadeye1387 (2/10/2012 3:12:11 PM)


hes the only asian dude in innistrad and clearly their technology is far superior to white humans
Posted By: TravisBlanchard (5/19/2012 4:39:44 PM)


Somebody explain to me how this isn't broken.
Posted By: Travis44 (6/10/2012 10:30:02 PM)


@Grimjaw: I don't think people are 1-starring this card in an attempt to lower its secondary market price so that they can buy a set cheaply after tricking retailers into thinking nobody likes it. That would be silly of them. Rather, I think the low ratings come from the belief that this card is so powerful that it's not fun.

Not being a tournament player, I've never seen Snapcaster in use, so I'm abstaining from rating him. However, I agree with the general sentiment. Magic will be the most fun the more viable ways there are to win, and so when one card shows up in the majority of all winning decks, people get tired of seeing it.

Community ratings aren't about whether a card is good, they're about whether you personally like the card. Normally those two go hand in hand, but in cases like this, people have every right to give 1 star to a card they wish didn't exist, no matter how powerful it is. In any case, if you like Snapcaster Mage, you already know how good it is and aren'... (see all)
Posted By: MisterAction (12/1/2012 2:23:41 PM)


Best response to this card? Shaman's Trance.

If Wizards ever reprints that card, which I think is pretty likely, than Snapcaster's price will probably go down a bit.

Posted By: itsmeyouidiot (10/18/2011 12:34:23 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)
Posted By: FlashCaster (10/27/2013 5:29:47 AM)


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