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One of the five pillars of vintage. The art reminds me of the Matrix.
Posted By: Ihateworking (2/10/2011 2:59:05 PM)


Posted By: Kyzar (11/13/2010 3:02:28 PM)


An honest mistake of a card. May be the best counter spell ever, even topping Force of Will.
Posted By: Powereslave (11/9/2009 5:49:47 PM)


They never printed Mana Drain again, because of course it is too good.

Counterspell is a weaker version of Mana Drain, but that is also too good.

Mana Leak is a weaker version of Counterspell, but they stopped printing that, as well.

This card might be playable.
Posted By: Kirbster (6/27/2010 2:51:21 PM)


It's always fun to go back and look at older sets when modern bad cards get to you. Between hundreds of cards that are just mindbogglingly bad, there's the occasional piece of utter insanity.

What was it they used to say about this card? Something like "The only way this card will ever see reprint is if the entire R&D team dies in a fiery crash, leaving Randy Buelher as the sole survivor."
Posted By: uberschveinen (2/25/2010 12:21:42 AM)


I remember playing a partners tourny and my partner used the high tide combo to cast a million point fireball, one guy Drained it, I couldn't do anything I was out of counterspells. My partner Wheel of Fortuned. I pulled a drain, 2 force of wills and a counterspell plus Time Walk, Twister and a land. The guy casts his own million point fireball with the drain mana, I drain it, he counters it, I counterspell back, He force of wills (the hard way) I force ditching the Walk, his partner counters I Force again tossing Twister. it happens, my turn I draw a card it was a pearl, I was about to dump the mana into a mishras factory when my partner ancestrals me, I draw Braingesyer, land and Fork, Best tourny win ever, Million point Braingesyer forked to both of them.

My friend and I laughed about that one for ever, every time we'd play a drain, fork or geyser we'd start chuckling.
Posted By: Pontiac (2/26/2011 10:05:54 AM)


wait, the italian one costs 80 dollers less? I'm buying it!
if anyone complains about it being italian and how I might be lieing about what it does, I'll just show them the card online.
Posted By: supershawn (3/5/2011 11:10:18 PM)


I miss manaburn.
Posted By: thepillow (8/25/2011 10:45:34 PM)


I still like the idea of this card - maybe they could print some sort of counterspell that costs a bit extra, but gives you that extra mana back next turn if you successfully counter the target spell? I don't know - I just hate seeing interesting ideas vanish because of 1 mistake card. Oh, well.
Posted By: Radagast (10/14/2010 8:48:14 AM)


Fun to stick the bugger on an Isochron Scepter
Posted By: rhcjrtoon (11/23/2010 1:40:59 PM)