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The art for the tempest Circle of Protections is really beautiful. Some people say its too abstract, but I think its simply gorgeous.

This was probably the weakest at the time. It stopped the blue shadow creatures, and a lot of fliers...but Blue didn't win through straight damage...
Posted By: kitsunewarlock (6/1/2009 3:43:55 PM)


Personally I prefer CoP:Red to Story Circle for most enviorments, but generally speaking yeah, story beats every other CoP
Posted By: Gilgiga (11/2/2009 9:15:58 AM)


Volcanic Eruption
Time Elemental
Serendib Djinn
Psionic Blast
Mind Bomb
Elder Spawn
Cerebral Vortex

Aside from the pay RR: creature gets +2/+0, deals 1 damage to you (because that would NOT be cost effective to add a colorless to), this is a list of cards that came up when I typed in "damage to you" under the color blue. The Circles of Protection are useful, you just can't rely on running against the targeted color. You need to build your deck to damage yourself using the targeted color, then negate the damage with a single colorless mana. Much like Leeches and Circle of Protection: White, or Ashes to Ashes and Circle of Protection: Black.
Posted By: MacBizzle (10/7/2011 6:08:17 AM)


I like the art on this card a lot better than any of the other CoP's.

1.5/5 for that reason alone.
Posted By: BongRipper420 (6/9/2012 6:49:43 PM)


Tempest has the best art for CoPs. But ever since Story Circle was released I never looked back.
Posted By: mrredhatter (10/4/2009 7:29:49 PM)


I would counter MacBrizzle's comment by saying:

"You need to disregard the White, Black, and Blue CoP's for mainboard thought. If someone starts comboing something at you, especially Reanimator, they are weakish but maybe effective ways to stop Huge Creatures in their Matching Colors (Griselbrand, Inkwell Leviathan, Elesh Norn)

For Green, the fact that Green is so damn good at destroying Enchantments and yet that Stopping Damage for 1 mana kind of makes all their Creatures semi-Rhystic? It's....um...an interesting enough dynamic there that COP: Green WOULD be an interesting choice for a Duel Decks Box where a White Deck fought a Green Deck. . . Like Heroes vs. Monsters? But it's not even good enough for the Sideboard if you actually want the COP player to win, rather than 'have a very even matchup'. COP: Green is so completely opposite to COP Black and White that it winds up being good where COP Bla... (see all)
Posted By: DarthParallax (8/25/2013 5:53:59 PM)


Agreed that the Tempest CoPs have excellent art. I personally like the CoP: White art the best.

As far as people saying they're too abstract, I actually think the images are much more powerful than a generic fantasy-style colored circle around a person or something similar (see almost all the CoP 7th Edition art). The Tempest art actually feels like a white-aligned walker is repelling the very essence of all the colors (and Shadow for that matter).

Just one more reason Tempest is one of the greatest sets released.
Posted By: tankthebest (6/12/2013 10:36:35 AM)