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This is a very underrated card. People rate it low because it gives the opponent card advantage, but at the end of the day, it's still a hard counter, no questions asked, for just {1}{U}. That's awesome. And don't forget that it replaces itself in your hand, so in certain situations it's even better than Counterspell.
Posted By: wstonefi (6/7/2013 1:12:21 PM)


Cast Scragnoth or another uncounterable spell, then cast this for 3 cards.
Posted By: Bouchart (11/15/2009 12:36:12 PM)


are you guys kidding me?

counter your own spell for three the following turn.

Posted By: christopherjmiller (1/25/2009 5:56:23 PM)


It's good. Sure, Counterspell is better but this ain't as color heavy. It's just good.

Why do Aliiance commons have two different prints?
Posted By: Qazior (11/5/2009 6:34:39 AM)


There are plenty of decks this card is good in. Does that make it a good card? not necessarily. As far as card advantage goes decks like rule of law and orims chant/ isochron decks take all the advantage out of card advantage making this a very playable card because it either forces discard or thins the deck into the hand, bringing a deck that much closer to depletion. Outside of stuff like that it can work as a quick counterspell cantrip for decks that win before the card advantage can matter. Its a really good niche card, so youre not going to see it in the average deck because there are plenty of cards that fill its role more efficiently in those sorts of decks.
Posted By: FuriousGeorge (1/5/2009 9:50:28 PM)


No, this is a great card...well, as long as you are playing decks with cards like underworld dreams and sezan, perverter or truth.
Posted By: Guest1850621195 (12/30/2008 8:34:03 PM)


Have you ever heard Howling Mine overload deck? This is made for it.
Posted By: tavaritz (5/30/2011 2:20:41 PM)


It's not for some silly hand-overload deck.

It's not for an Underworld Dreams deck.

It's for that deck with 30 counterspells which needs to just stop the opponent from doing anything while it combos out. For that use, it is another copy of Counterspell which also replaces itself. Your opponent's hand size doesn't matter it you're just going to counter everything anyway.

It's not a good card, but it has its uses.
Posted By: Ideatog (7/14/2011 11:27:43 PM)


This is not a good card. Giving your opponent some card advantage is a terrible idea. That being said, fun in Type 4.
Posted By: bark_at_the_moonn (11/16/2008 11:27:05 AM)


Cast Obliterate, 'counter' it with Arcane Denial, a few indestructible mana sources and you're all set. :)
Posted By: vh_2k (1/17/2011 3:11:23 PM)