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A great tempo play on many levels - for 0, 1, or 2. Creates some serious virtual card advantage and can just shut some decks down. Sees play in all formats it is legal in.
Posted By: bark_at_the_moonn (11/13/2008 6:46:35 PM)


@jonnythekid107: X can't have two separate values. You pay double what you want X to be.
Posted By: iPotato (9/17/2010 4:13:02 PM)


It's always fun to drop this with no charge counters on the first turn and watch your opponent cringe when he realizes that his entire combo involved Lotus Petal, Chrome Mox, and the like.
Posted By: Gilder_Bairn (5/19/2010 7:14:59 PM)


Contagion Clasp anyone?
Posted By: Froenx (10/11/2010 1:28:01 PM)


Not as good as it used to be now that decks are packing Abrupt Decay and Ancient Grudge in the side board. I play it in my R/G Tron deck for funsies. Still like watching people sink when I cast it for 2 and drop a Spellskite and Wurmcoil the following turns.

Posted By: Pandymonious (2/20/2013 9:39:46 AM)


Chalice triggers only when the number of counters matches on *casting*
Coretapper et al. will not help in that regard. What they *do* do is allow you to main-deck CotV and customize what you'll be countering on the fly without tempo-loss waiting for enough mana. Putting this out T1 and something else out T1 is powerful. Configuring it with other artifacts so that it doesn't counter your own spells and then configuring it back so that it counters the appropriate spells of theirs makes it insanely useful without being a mana-sink, hence the strategy.

Imagine their sweeper is Pernicious Deed, but you don't know that yet. This is on the field and so is coretapper, you gitaxian Probe, see that you're about to get *nailed*, and instead make it counter 3 cost spells. Now your opponent has to find a way out.

SImilar things could happen with disenchant, shattering spree, and simlar. Run with Gitaxian P... (see all)
Posted By: blurrymadness (6/4/2013 10:36:26 AM)


Create a puzzle with Power Conduit
Posted By: nimzo (8/4/2010 1:02:23 PM)


Shuts down a Relentless Rats deck completely. Even with Thrumming Stone.
Posted By: Kruggles (3/9/2011 1:53:58 PM)


Hate to be the one to tell a few about bad news but re read chalice and summoning trap... ur opponant has to controll chalice for 0 if u want to use the orni trap combo... n no not telepathy use jace or brainstorm...
Posted By: anderoide (3/21/2011 6:39:22 AM)


This card is good, but it is a double sided sword. It works on the caster as well. As long as you know your cards, though, you can pick a number that you dont use much.
Posted By: Cyphertalon (2/3/2010 12:31:32 PM)


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