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Hey, is that a Phyrexian Debaser flying in there?
Posted By: NARFNra (12/13/2010 9:34:18 PM)


Instant, thins deck, and choice of card for U; good in the right deck.
Posted By: xMLEE (5/10/2009 7:35:34 PM)


this, or sleight of hand. Instant vs knowing both cards. one draws for everything that (Hoofprints of the Stag) likes you drawing. And one doesnt draw for everything that (Underworld Dreams)doesnt like you drawing.
Posted By: Ace_Rimmer (7/25/2009 4:56:16 PM)


@sir_dwar: This one gives you the option to put a useless card on the bottom of your library; Ponder does not. Also, this can be played at instant speed.
Posted By: HappyKitty (2/22/2010 8:10:57 PM)


Preordian is not strictly better, because opt is an instant.
Posted By: Cthulhu_Shin (4/8/2011 11:43:13 PM)


whether they evergreen scry or not(because they only said it was a possibility) they should still shorten it to a more easily readable text line
anyways, it would be cool if they reprinted this. i know its not as good as a lot of things but i like it more than ponder and it cantrips
Posted By: Colossus_of_Darkstee (7/23/2010 12:49:47 AM)


Preordain and Ponder strictly better than this? Maybe you guys should look harder and check those two are sorceries and this is instant

This was used extensively in Invasion block constructed and even after that, as it is a cheap way to get rid of your undesired top draw at instant speed. Use it with other draws such as Fact or Fiction to help you get the combo cards you need

This is a good draw spell for anyone splashing blue with just U for its casting cost


Posted By: Paladin85 (9/4/2011 7:50:19 PM)


Why do people keep saying "ponder" and such. This is an instant. If you know how to play blue at it's best, as it was meant to be played as it were, then you NEED instant speed. Instant speed means you leave your mana open for a counterspell of some kind, if they don't play something you want to counter, you just start card drawing. The only reason stuff like this can't make it in vintage is:
-"Free" counterspells (meaning no reason to leave mana open if you'd rather draw now => higher drawing power)

Instant speed makes or breaks draw cards. New kids on the block at sorcery speed are what it takes to make a sorcery speed one even compete. Note also that it does clear the way of up to two cards. Even if neither is what you needed this fixes the next two problems you may have had.

A year ago I got this and didn't know what I was doing so I stopped using it. Now I use it because it blows Ponder and such out of t... (see all)
Posted By: blurrymadness (11/3/2011 10:02:08 PM)


Perfect to casting a Miracle spell during an opponent's turn
Posted By: Geraume (5/16/2012 11:15:44 AM)


If they updated the wording to "Scry 1, then draw a card," more people would realize just how good this is as an instant.
Posted By: james2c19v (1/10/2014 12:09:52 PM)


Gatherer works better in the Companion app!