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Extremely powerful if your opponent has four basic lands in his graveyard for some reason. Unfortunately counterproductive if that reason is mill or land destruction.

So, uh, run against Knight of the Reliquary?

I guess it's not that bad to draw a card for 1, but...
Posted By: Bowshewicz (7/3/2011 2:09:28 PM)


"Bauble" can mean a piece of oval jewelry (as in Urza's Bauble), it can also mean a staff or walking stick that a jester would carry. When Mercutio said "this driveling love is like a great natural that runs lolling up and down to hide his bauble in a hole," he was making a bawdy joke about... well, let's just say the joke makes a lot more sense if you imagine somebody sticking a big stick in a hole.

"Lodestone" probably refers to the needle of a compass, which would have been made out of naturally magnetized iron (lodestone) before people figured out how to magnetize metal themselves.

So he's using his staff as a magical compass or divining rod, pointing him in the direction of land. The art probably could have been depicted better, but it's not totally nonsensical.

As for the utility, I had a friend who used this in discard/control decks. Once you've eaten their hand away with Hypnotic Specter, Abyssal Specter (keep i... (see all)
Posted By: cranial.distraction (8/28/2011 10:55:59 AM)


My friend runs this in his control/mill deck. I have never been so frustrated by a seemingly cheap (cost wise) card.

Mill at least 4 lands into opponent's graveyard, then use this at the right time and lock down draws for 3 turns (first turn the target of this card will draw 2 cards. Proceed to mill after or do your own shenanigans to lock down your opponent. This gets annoying when the process keeps repeating for 2 times or more...

Posted By: Paladin85 (9/1/2011 7:00:40 PM)


I'd have loved this card if it could put any lands on top.

In that case it might even be banned right now though, since it would be an easy kind-of-reverse Ancestral Recall against your opponent in the right deck.

Still, i think there should be some interesting way to abuse this card on yourself.
One mana for a slowtrip to put four basics on top has potential...we might just have to wait for the right card to see print that works with this.
Posted By: Mode (10/25/2011 5:45:09 AM)


I'm thinking Academy Ruins.
In a dedicated mill, they'll have plenty of basics in their graveyard.
So put four back on top of their deck, and you get three turns to develop your battlefield.
On your second turn, academy ruins the bauble back on top.
On your third turn, mill them for however many you can (you just got two turns of draw and three land drops, so hopefully with cards like Glimpse the Unthinkable you can pull this one off) and then play the bauble again.
Lather, rinse, repeat.
Also, the extra turns can be spent charging your Grindclocks.
Posted By: gman92 (8/5/2012 3:43:44 AM)


Seems decent as a way to get lands in a dredge deck if you can't seem to draw any and can't afford Loam. You get 1-2 lands for 1 mana, and go back to dredging.
Posted By: blurrymadness (3/25/2013 6:59:40 PM)


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Posted By: Superllama12 (5/20/2013 4:24:31 PM)


Anyone who survived Mirrodin knows any {0}-cost artifact is dangerous... the effect on top of it is mean in the right situation. Enjoy drawing lands for 3 turns!
Posted By: tcollins (2/4/2014 9:14:30 PM)



I play casual, but my group demands all cards be modern legal. I really want to play these!
Posted By: RazorYeti (5/25/2014 5:26:41 PM)


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