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For Mr (or Ms, or Mrs, of course) Paramecium302- however late the explanation may be, here it is.

Battle of Wits is a card with it's very own archetype- or rather, deck built around it. The deck, as you can imagine, runs about 260 cards. As long as the deck can be shuffled by hand, it is legal (maybe not smart, but legal). It wins by using as many tutor cards as can be packed into it, from the Demonic, Diabolic, or Idylic to find the Battle of Wits. Then it's simply a matter of playing it. The rest of the deck is peppered with counters and control, to protect the enchantment until you win and to keep your foe from killing you before the Battle is in your hand, respectfully.

It's not exactly an easy strategy, but it's a brilliantly oddball one, and that's why I love it. Would never play with it, of course, but I respect the commitment on those who do.
Posted By: DoctorKenneth (3/30/2010 9:27:25 AM)


Let's just hope, wizards keeps coming up with crazy ideas like this.
Posted By: Lyciana (5/3/2011 11:11:00 AM)


My usual play group uses this card as a bit of a joke ... whenever somebody makes an unusually large deck, they are asked "What, are you running Battle of Wits or something?"
It would be interested to try a deck built around this card, full of tutors, counters, and graveyard-shuffling.
Posted By: Cactmoore (11/4/2011 9:54:22 AM)


Interesting, to say the least.

By the way, I believe this card's flavor text was voted Best in Odyssey Block. Personally, I liked the Worst one better, which was Werebear.
Posted By: PhageRules1 (5/2/2009 8:48:04 PM)


Can't justify building a deck around something that can be ruined by a disenchant. At least Enduring Renewal decks have Replenish and Indestructibilty.
Posted By: blindthrall (4/29/2010 3:11:53 AM)


Clever card design. Though cleverness isn't required to design a deck around it. The deck this card belongs in, for the most part, builds itself without much intuition.

I've never used the card myself, but have seen others spend a lot of time and money (tutors are expensive) gathering the cards they needed to make this card work.

One of two things happen when they finally complete their monster-deck and play it...

One, they get bored and frustrated with drawing lands and counter spells and creature control and everything else, but their precious.

Two, they draw and play the card and learn that it's not a very fun way to win a battle after all, as expounded by their opponent/s with whispers of "cheese" and "cheap".
Posted By: the_blind_pony (7/4/2012 11:57:50 PM)


lmao i remember werebear I still got a few kicking around somewhere. So how would one obtain victory with this card, I don't understand..
Posted By: Paramecium302 (9/16/2009 8:22:37 AM)


Yet another card that supposed to be in some of "Un" edition.
Posted By: True_Smog (11/19/2009 8:31:56 AM)


Interestingly, there existed a man who actually memorized not a thousand, but 12 000 books!

Posted By: Arachnos (2/6/2014 9:13:14 AM)


Gatherer works better in the Companion app!