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Really a great fun card as Skyknight said if you're going to trick around with cip/etb effect.

Sisay's Ingenuity does by the way about the same as Frog Tongue and can be used in a mono-blue deck.

Words of Waste can also be used with Azorius Aethermage if you want to spash your deck with white. The great downside when only using the Mage is that that you'll have to find other permanents you want to return, yet her ability is more usable in general in such decks.
You'll effectively get:
"Variable ColorlessVariable Colorless: The next time you would draw a card this turn, each player returns X permanents he or she controls to its owner's hand instead."

But of course when using both the Mage and Sisay's Ingenuity/Frog Tongue this will work really nicely.
Posted By: Mode (9/1/2009 9:45:58 PM)


I am very staggered to see how many people can't grasp the power of this card. If you play an enchantress deck you'd know that for every 1cc enchantment you return to your hand, such as Wild Growth, it's another chance for you to draw another 3+ cards, which would activate yet again this and/or other Words. If you have Exploration in play, every land you return (after tap) would be another chance to add extra mana into your pool.

Given the right calculation, you can return opponent's entire board back to his/her hand and still able to put all your permanents back into play. Tradewind Rider controls the board just fine, so can Words of Wind.

4/5 in the hand of capable players.
Posted By: Cyberium (7/2/2010 12:09:56 PM)


definitely not the weakest. this card is about control.
Posted By: high_tide_niv (8/14/2010 3:54:37 PM)


Whenever I'm thinking about the "Words of W" cycle, my instinct is to say "The next time you would draw a card, draw a card instead". And then I remember that's ridiculous and that this is its actual effect.
Posted By: izzet_guild_mage (10/12/2010 9:11:37 AM)


I have a playset of this and have slowly been working on a pile to mesh this into.

Some juicy synergy comes in the form Thalakos Seer, Dance of Many, Triskelion and even Declaration of Naught. Who woulda thought? 4.5/5 in my opinion.
Posted By: mongoliansavage (10/27/2010 8:21:50 PM)


This + Warped Devotion + Geth's Grimoire = at the beginning of your upkeep pay X: return X permanents to their owner's hands

(At the beginning of your upkeep, you activate words of wind; when you would draw your card for the turn, you instead bounce something to an opponent's hand; warped devotion makes them discard it; Geth's grimoire allows you to draw another card; activate words of wind and repeat as many times as desired)

See also: Geth's Grimoire + Words of Waste

Or, just because you can:

Words of Wind, Geth's Grimoire, Warped Devotion, Sangromancer and Sanguine Bond = at the beginning of your upkeep, pay x: return x permanent's to target opponent's hand; that player discards x cards and loses 3x life. you gain 3x life.
Posted By: Mephastopheles (4/18/2011 6:02:10 AM)


I can't wait to reset the board in Azami except oops, I don't have to discard and everyone else does.

EDIT: Now this card is doing unspeakable things in Patron of the Moon EDH.
Posted By: auriscope (5/18/2011 5:26:17 PM)


Does fun things in a momir vig edh. Intruder alarm, Citanul hierophants, elvish visionary. Everyone bounce your stuff.
Posted By: Marok23 (11/7/2011 3:28:20 PM)


Currently testing this in my Damia, Sage of Stone EDH Stax deck. It's performed to varying degrees of success.

By itself on a naked board, it reads - each player returns a land to his/her hand, except I skip a draw and no one else does. I would not run it for this narrow effect alone, but it's still the kind of tax effect that a Stax deck wants to have.

Playing it as I do alongside Exploration, Azusa, Lost but Seeking and Oracle of Mul-Daya, I return a land to hand and make a land drop that I otherwise would've missed. I can also sometimes return a token, in the same way I'm often saccing them to Smokestack and Braids. This negates the bounce effect for me, though it still costs that draw.

Other times I will have out something like a Bloodghast or a Reassembling Skeleton and a discard like Stronghold Rats, Liliana of the Vei... (see all)
Posted By: Justice1337 (4/15/2012 1:35:57 PM)


I think I'm going to run this with Azorius Aethermage, Stormfront Riders, and some Ninjas.

Maybe even Escape Routes
Posted By: EvilKhelso (8/19/2012 9:52:33 PM)


Gatherer works better in the Companion app!