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useful against storm.

NOT useful against storm crow.

Either way I can't imagine playing u/w without some cost reduction in effect- Maybe I'll try it for bit.
Posted By: badmofo (7/19/2011 10:15:50 PM)
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at worst it's a counterspell with a cantrip. Note that cryptic command is 4 mana and this is 5, so that's not TOO bad.

Once you've countered two spells, you've made good money.
Posted By: mdakw576 (2/10/2010 11:17:38 PM)
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You'll get a Merfolk from Lullmage Mentor for each spell countered this way, ToidiDiPuts.
But since this spell costs 5 you won't be able to help that much countering more than the spell from your opponent by playing further spells like Gigadrowse :/
Posted By: Mode (11/8/2009 4:32:43 AM)
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You should get multiple tokens, as the condition for the ability to trigger is "whenever a spell is countered"
the source it then checks for is "by a spell or ability you control"
so the mentor's ability will trigger for every spell you counter with swift silence
really going for a niche though...
good against storm and cascade but...
maybe a deck round Hive Mind?
Posted By: Shell_shockkun (3/27/2010 9:04:00 PM)
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It's a shame this was printed before split second happened in Time Spiral block-- this spell would have been perfect for split second.
Posted By: SpencerDub (5/27/2010 2:58:54 PM)
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Grand Arbiter just pwned some poor Izzet. My heart goes out to you, nameless Izzet guildie.
Posted By: Saxophonist (4/5/2010 8:18:24 PM)
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Somewhat useful, but awesome flavor text. Tell it like it is, Arbiter.
Posted By: Zulp (10/5/2009 4:18:39 PM)
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With Grand Arbiter Augustin in play, this card only cost WUU :)

Also, in a counter war between two control players, if you cast this as a response to the third spell casted (assuming enemy spell -> your counter -> enemy counter - your Swift Silence), you can draw three cards since you also countered you own in response.
Posted By: Cyberium (7/7/2010 5:06:17 PM)
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What are the dynamics of this with Lullmage Mentor? All spells are countered at once, so do you get a merfolk for each spell countered, or just one for the whole spell?
Posted By: ToidiDiPuts (11/3/2009 1:48:59 PM)
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Works against Storm very well but otherwise almost useless
Posted By: Qazior (11/13/2009 6:12:39 AM)
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Gatherer works better in the Companion app!

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