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I wish this guy had the artwork of Lord of the Unreal (minus the dragon) instead of his asian-guy-with-a-supersoaker cameo. Otherwise, this is an absolutely fantastic card. It's a ponder. It's a doom blade. It's a mana leak. It's a day of judgement. It's just about anything you want it to be, and for two mana, I couldn't be happier.
Posted By: God_Of_The_Smurfs (10/10/2011 5:34:36 PM)


Jackie Chan?
Posted By: Jeikobu (7/24/2012 7:15:14 PM)


I hate that Deathrite shaman counters him
Posted By: Xineombine (6/16/2013 3:10:27 PM)


What I don't get is - why did the designers make him a 2/1?
Did testing (*guffaw*) really think he was underpowered at 1/1?
Posted By: reapersaurus (11/7/2011 12:42:34 PM)


This guy did what Jace couldn't do. He dodged the banhammer.
Posted By: Telltalereaper (6/20/2012 12:23:11 PM)


justice 1337 nailed this one.
Posted By: Khampa (6/26/2012 8:32:41 PM)


He looks exactly like the asain guy from the hangover....toot a loo mother f*cker.
Anyways, great card, did an outstanding job at draft tonight.
Posted By: captainsoda (9/30/2011 10:19:22 PM)


This card is repugnantly overrated. He's no waste of paper, of course, but he's not something that's totally unparalelled for its cost like Goyf, Dark Confidant, Stoneforge, JTMS. Some of those cards released at a much lower price than this and are far better in that they're irreplaceable. Not every deck of such type will want to run this, and some will even want to run more specific ETB effects instead. Examples?

Flashback Doom Blade? Seen it before - Nekrataal.
Flashback Counterspell? Hello, Mystic Snake.
Shock? Yeah, Fire Imp is cool, I guess.
Innocent Blood/Edict? Fleshbag Marauder and Gatekeeper of Malakir saw play, didn't they?
Thoughtseize? I suppose it's nice to have some permanency in my Tidehollow Sculler, though I do have to pay a m... (see all)
Posted By: Justice1337 (10/12/2011 11:23:13 AM)


Okay, awesome card! Quick now I gotta go trade my buddy before he realizes what he's got lol he wants my mindshrieker for it, HAHAHA!!! I'm so evil...
Posted By: wrathofdave430 (10/5/2011 9:52:49 AM)


Had to make an account just to downvote this most overrated card ever
Posted By: howdyho (4/6/2012 10:03:43 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)
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