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Imagine a format where players are willing to pay 2UU for this. Oh wait, you don't have to.
Posted By: Shushoto (11/13/2010 7:05:09 PM)


You remember back in school when they taught you tricks to pass the test without learning anything? My favorite one was 'the answer that uses more words is usually right'. This rule, like every other, is completely terrible to follow unless you know WHY you're doing it, but I posit that BRAINSTORM, using more words and therefore giving you MORE OPTIONS and complexity, is actually BETTER than ANCESTRALL RECALL.

Think about it this way- Ancestrall Recall is good for exactly one thing- putting lots of cards from your library into your hand. Why would you want to do this? To have more spells to play, or to dig through your library for one spell, or to combine with other cards for a sometimes convoluted, sometimes straightforward huge advantage. Brainstorm actually does 2 of these JUST AS GOOD as Ancestrall Recall, and one of them lots better.

Let's take a painfully obvious example: Niv-Mizzet, the Firemind. You draw a card, you deal a damage.

Because Brainstorm is worded so aw... (see all)
Posted By: DarthParallax (3/25/2011 10:05:19 AM)


I used to play Brainstorm a lot back in the day.
It's a beautiful, yet simple, card.
Posted By: SolacePlease (5/4/2009 10:01:40 PM)


Niv-Mizzet changes this stuff in lightning bolts
Posted By: Fordin (2/9/2010 4:17:12 AM)


I think he just came
Posted By: mlanier131 (1/6/2011 10:50:14 PM)


Best non-restricted blue instant for U.
Posted By: Mitch_360 (7/23/2009 7:08:17 PM)


he must be taking one wicked shit
Posted By: DlCK (1/28/2010 11:11:47 PM)


Well Its An Instant Cool For The Coatl And Anything With High Draw Mechanics For Cheap
Posted By: MasterOfEtherium (6/14/2009 9:37:58 PM)


Favorite card hands down
Posted By: MagicHobo (6/7/2010 5:05:25 PM)


They did reprint brainstorm, nerfed it a bit and called it Ponder
Posted By: TheWrathofShane (7/9/2010 2:08:25 PM)