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The real purpose of this card is just to be able to leave two mana up for a counter but not have to have wasted that mana if they don't cast anything worth countering.
Posted By: Lavrant (11/2/2011 7:05:33 AM)


I'd rather Serum Visions for Modern. Sure it's not instant but it's 1 mana and digs deep into your deck. I'll still have enough to counter my opponent's spells in most cases. Visions of Beyond is nice instant draw too.

And @thewrathofshane: Learn to give an opinion without sounding like an arrogant prick.
Posted By: Lifegainwithbite (2/10/2013 5:52:04 AM)


I'm really enjoying this in my casual mono-blue permission based deck. Oh? Too scared to cast anything? I guess I'll just cast think twice and then flashback it during your end step.
Posted By: starfox444 (10/4/2011 9:58:34 AM)


Will work wonders with the new miracle mechanic from Avacyn Restored
Posted By: tcollins (5/4/2012 12:31:42 AM)


I'm a little confused as to how this card has been around as long as it has and people don't see the power.

1. It costs 1U which is the same CMC as a lot of counterspells. So you see when you're casting this card you're usually doing this on your opponents turn, because you leave the two mana open for the counterspell threat. They hesitate to play whatever they have in your hand and potentially just passing turn. At the end of their turn you get to draw a card. You just came close to time walking in standard.

2. point 1 is this card at its best. This card at its worst is 1x card advantage after the flashback cost. you're thinning you're deck for the more powerful cards you're looking for. most decks running this card would also be running counters, so you'll be leaving the mana open anyway. Anyway you look at this card its good.

Just because other cards let you draw more for less, the power of an instant card draw is too good. You divination and draw two. You're opponent... (see all)
Posted By: Allotrope (3/31/2013 11:48:55 PM)


A good time for a reprint if ever I've seen one.
Really brilliant putting it in a set where self-milling is an encouraged strategy.

I just realized why this card is so highly rated. It's like Inspiration, except you can pay in installments, and it can be played from your graveyard.
Posted By: NoobOfLore (3/5/2012 8:28:37 PM)


A valuable lesson in context. If you don't play control, this card seems like a waste of mana you'd have been better spending on your turn to do something. If you do, it fills a need that you're aware of: "What do I do if my opponent doesn't play anything worth countering?"
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Posted By: muggtonp (10/30/2011 12:42:58 AM)


This card is so good. One of my favourites from Time Spiral block, so glad to see it reprinted with new art. Especially fun now that you can eek some advantage out of Liliana of the Veil's +1 with it.
Posted By: 2pcsofcandy (9/22/2011 5:21:39 PM)


@DarthParallax True but the old flavor text was awesome
Posted By: Arachobia (9/25/2011 7:16:20 AM)


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