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I used this to counter a Lightning bolt before opponent had played any others. I thought he was going to come over the table to strangle me.
Posted By: Joseph_Leito (8/4/2009 3:21:45 PM)


It's blue exile, and even if somebody plays a spell that can't be countered, you can still play it on that card (it just won't counter it) and remove all other copies of it.
Posted By: VoidedNote (8/1/2010 10:26:07 PM)


The reason this is rare and quash is uncommon is that quash doesn't hit creatures (or enchantments, or artifacts, or planeswalkers). It is the rare deck for which Quash can actually remove win conditions, which is the most conventional use of an effect like this. That is also why quash costs less.

Quash is also an uncommon, because it is part of a cycle (Quash, Scour, Splinter, Eradicate, Sowing Salt) in a block where graveyard recursion was a major theme -- and where Tron was Standard legal and kind of a problem. They wanted casual players and limited players to have access to these effects. Graveyard recursion wasn't nearly as big a deal in either constructed or limited in Shadowmoor/Eventide, so this spell got bumped up to rare - both because it can hit all card types and because it wasn't necessary for everybody to be opening it in packs.
Posted By: WGFaldo (11/26/2009 2:01:57 PM)


fairly solid anti-combo counter
Posted By: Latronis (8/31/2010 5:29:21 AM)


Fun spell to hit bombs with.
Posted By: DacenOctavio (6/8/2011 12:57:15 AM)


Player 1: *Yawn* "This is so easy, I'm bored. I play Blightsteel Colossus."
Player 2: *Plays Counterbore* "And now, you aren't bored. Isn't it great?"
Posted By: dlgn (5/3/2012 2:15:33 PM)


I said NO.
Posted By: Trygon_Predator (5/4/2012 9:22:57 AM)


This card (along with Quash, Dissipate, or any other counter spell that has an exile perk to it) does not work with Guile. This is done because Guile's ability triggers onto the stack in response to the card being countered; however, the Counterbore must fully resolve before Guile's triggered ability can even examine the card being countered. While this is happening, the card countered with Counterbore is put into the graveyard and then while you are searching the opponent's hand, library, and graveyard, you must remove the card from the graveyard because it is in a public zone. After it is removed, and after Counterbore resolves, Guile's ability then is examined. Players rotate priority to deal with the triggered ability, but if they were smart, they'd let it get countered by itself! Here's why: because the s... (see all)
Posted By: raptorman333 (12/8/2011 8:26:27 AM)


Seems to me that this will be quite excellent with Arcane Melee. It will cost as much as a Dissipate, and will be able to neuter any threats that would be enabled with the global effect from your opponent's side.
Posted By: Tiggurix (5/8/2012 5:16:55 PM)


Joseph_leito: I've used this to counter someone's first Banefire, when he was dumb enough to fire it for only 4. But then, he thought I ran out of counterspells.
Posted By: Douchette (8/9/2009 12:55:20 AM)