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The advantage Portent has is that you can sabotage opponents with it. Ponder only works on you.

So, the ups and downs of the three cards:
-Brainstorm is an instant, but only works on you and you don't get the shuffle option.
-Portent works on any player, but is a sorcery and the draw is delayed.
-Ponder lets you shuffle, but it only works on you and is a sorcery.

Also, I like this art. Not really for the merfolk but for the water effects and the whole theme of "seeing the sky through the water's surface."
Posted By: SleetFox (4/11/2010 6:22:43 PM)


Pinky, are you pondering what I'm pondering?
Posted By: Forgeling (8/25/2009 1:57:47 PM)


I'll say it since it's obviously on everybody's minds and nobody else seems willing to just get this out into the open.

Posted By: MyrBattlecube (3/20/2011 7:22:03 PM)


That water is cold... if you know what I mean :)
Posted By: Mudbutt_on (1/10/2010 12:59:34 PM)


I like the ability to shuffle your library... I play 4x brainstorm since forever and usually use it first turn to extend my opening hand, but I'm really ***ed when I see that the next two turns are going to suck... so this is nice to just shuffle again and change the future. Being a sorcery is a little less tricky than brainstorm since you could draw a counterspell in the right time, but I hardly keep a brainstorm in hand anyway.
Posted By: LeoKula (10/6/2009 9:39:13 AM)


best blue one-drop.
you get a card, can set up your next two turns, or shuffle your library if needed. love it
Posted By: pensaint (5/14/2009 4:46:09 AM)


no wai! lorwyn and shadowmoor had great art, way better than m10
Posted By: Tezz (3/27/2010 4:43:14 AM)


Whats better ponder or preordain? "I like Ponder, because the Lorwyn version has a naked merfolk on it." -Craig Wescoe Worlds 2010
Posted By: Gnollan (12/27/2011 9:22:09 AM)


Auto 4-of in just about any blue deck right now. It's nice to see that Wizards haven't completely killed blue's draw spells... Now we want some good 2-mana counterspells.
Posted By: True_Mumin (6/13/2009 7:26:25 PM)


because you have to do something first turn.
Posted By: davidhuman (2/26/2009 12:37:24 PM)