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@Blackhawk900: Tell that to Vengevine, the most popular use of Survival.

If mana drain didn't counter, it'd be unplayable. If survival didn't discard and instead shuffled the card into your library, it'd be much weaker. These little things are what make these cards ridiculous.
Posted By: EotFactorfiction (10/10/2013 12:56:26 AM)


Survival decks created Aggro/Control/Combo decks; literally good at all three. This card is one of the few that's broken Legacy in spite of free counterspells, in spite of mega-fast combo decks; nothing could match it's consistency, power, and speed at the same time.

You were going to combo? Mental Misstep or Force took care of it. They could counter your counters. They could tutor up solutions to their problems. They could combo into vengevines easily (requiring any two castable creatures, which they could tutor with this single card over the course of 4-5 mana allowing 2-3 hasty vengevines on top of their other critters)

Can't be stopped by counterspells and stifle is only card parity.

Amazing card. I hope it's never unbanned.
Posted By: blurrymadness (1/7/2014 9:30:27 AM)


I can't number how many times I've drawn the wrong creature at the wrong time. This will make sure that doesn't happen again.
Posted By: Zulp (4/6/2010 6:20:36 PM)


It's creature-cycling for all your creatures, at the low, low cost of one green mana. Great card.
Posted By: nammertime (12/3/2009 5:16:09 PM)


Yea like Squee, Goblin Nabob
Posted By: BOSH235 (8/5/2009 2:06:39 PM)


OOH OOH! Wheel of Sun and Moon!

Why yes! I would like to search for the creature I just discarded!
Posted By: Ragamander (10/17/2013 5:17:08 AM)


this card is great by itself but crazy good if you combine it with some return from graveyard creatures.
Posted By: Jodah (7/31/2009 4:36:26 AM)


Also great for Goblin Welder, bouncing some huge fat into play.
Posted By: Tackle74 (5/6/2010 1:41:18 PM)



^ This is the address to the December 2010 Banned & Restricted List Announcement. In the article two things are changed: Survival is banned in Legacy, while Time Spiral in unbanned.

It is strange that Gatherer lists Survival as legal; it must be an oversight.
Posted By: scumbling1 (3/13/2011 8:20:11 AM)


This card is amazing with Recurring Nightmare. Made one of the best decks control decks at the time. Allowed you to fetch whatever creature you needed at the moment. You would run the deck is just one of each utility creature. Incredible
Posted By: thelifeproject (11/12/2009 1:58:32 AM)