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Match this up with Isochron Scepter from Mirrodin and you have some solid lockdown against the opponent.
Posted By: Chiligyro (10/12/2009 6:34:48 AM)


No, you don't use it as a counterspell and it doesn't counter a 10 mana Banefire after it was cast.

The card text explicitly says it will not counter a spell played before it resolves. This is the exact opposite of a counter-spell, in terms of when you have to play it.

A spell that resolves before it does obviously can't be affected by it either. So anything that went on the stack after it will go off normally.

So, the right way to play it is when it will resolve but the opponent hasn't yet played the spells you want to stop. You therefore usually play it during their upkeep step - the first time in their turn that you have priority.

They can respond to it being put on the stack by playing their own instants, which will resolve before it does, since the stack is last in, first out. But they can't respond to it by playing a sorcery, creature, or planeswalker summon. All of those are sorcery speed and therefore can only be cast when the stack is empty, and can't yet be... (see all)
Posted By: JasonC2 (11/2/2009 12:56:15 PM)


This card is purely amazing; I can't wait to get four of them for every control deck that I own.
Posted By: SavageBrain89 (7/11/2009 3:42:55 PM)


If saying this turn you play a land, swing a little perhaps and pas s isn't control to you - get out the door. And for one mana at that!!
Posted By: Lestat13 (7/11/2009 2:21:16 AM)


Fairly effective against Red Aggro, however, it tells blue control to STFU. White probably shouldn't have a card this powerful...
Posted By: CharlieB1979 (2/28/2010 7:25:40 AM)


orim's chant was already intensive enough.
very good card, but it doesn't force our minds. it's a 4 or 5 cards combo in just one.
I remember the time when this effect was so powerfull that only experts when using the right cards could do it. Nowadays, well.. it costs nothing but 1 white mana and a smile.
well, this card can beat anything except counterspell, depending on the stack. try it imprinted on Isochron Scepter!
Posted By: Guest1334148255 (10/14/2009 6:34:13 PM)


Responding to what some people said:

Yes, Baneslayer Angel is indeed a broken addition to white. And no, white doesnt have 'answers to everything'. This is purely white flavour. If you read some Wizards statements some years ago, they didnt want white to take the place of blue, but it seems that 'life gain' spells just arent competitive enough.

Exiling permanents is quite white flavorish. Just as countering them is blue. Silence isnt an 'you cant cast nothing spell' is just a situational spell you have to keep for those moments when you are pulling your combo or buying you a turn against green deck, besides that is not really that great, as this is the only way white can deal with blue and red instants and it doesnt even do it well as they can resp.

I don't see why some people wants this to be mythic rare, arent you having enough issues with those broken cards yet? And this is not mythic material, just a situationally good card that's strictly worst than what is available on eternal... (see all)
Posted By: BelloAbril (11/7/2009 1:59:24 AM)


Can give you great advantage against fast creature decks. It prevents them from playing whatever ?-drop creature they were going to play that turn.
Posted By: VirtueVsVice (12/2/2009 12:35:41 PM)


I know this spell isn't UBER, but it is still amazingly powerful for its cost and casting speed. Hard to believe it isn't rated higher yet, I think some people are in denial, hahah.

Posted By: Gaussgoat (12/29/2009 9:35:04 AM)



Posted By: flipsyalec (7/7/2010 4:24:52 PM)


Gatherer works better in the Companion app!