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Strictly better than Counterspell with no mana burn

Posted By: Superllama12 (3/27/2011 4:31:01 PM)


Yeeeeah this is pretty much the most powerful card ever printed...

If you could have as many copies of cards in your deck as you wanted, my best deck would probably look something like this:

24 Volcanic Geyser
16 Mana Drain
10 Islands
10 Mountains

Outside of that, yeah, this card is not fair.
Posted By: AngelPhoenix (5/27/2011 9:32:38 AM)


Who thought it was a good idea to kill mana burn?
Posted By: Kartakass (3/19/2010 2:30:17 PM)


I got one of these in a set of 500 random cards and i was so excited. Then i looked closely and i realized it was in Italian. So that's about an 80 dollar drop in its price. Tough luck.
Posted By: monkeymonk42 (12/26/2010 7:25:17 PM)


A uncommon priced at 140$.
Posted By: scorpiolegend (5/22/2011 11:36:25 AM)


good god
Even when mana burn was a thing, this was almost totally and completely better than the hyper-powerful Counterspell.
Posted By: NoobOfLore (12/20/2010 9:16:24 PM)


Even though it doesn't go in every deck, I can say having played with 4 of those babies in my deck from may until now that it really is amazing what those can do. It's really fun to see your combo get out two or three turns earlier or cast a Wheel of Fortune or a Timetwister for 1 mana and then have the rest of your mana free for your new hand... or even worse, still having mana left from your mana drain after having drawn your new hand of seven cards. This really puts you on another power level. :)

As Death said to Hector in Curse of Darkness: "Your efforts have been a great boon to me."
Posted By: Olliemancer (12/26/2009 7:45:54 PM)


I feel like this should have been the ability Cancel had. Oh, and been a rare.
Posted By: atemu1234 (9/9/2012 4:56:53 PM)


For those wondering how they could have made a card that was so powerful I figured I would share with you the following:
Back when Legends was released Wizards was a VERY different company, and Richard Garfield's team did not actually design the Legend's set, a Canadian Graduate school did, and because of the distance and communication issues (Internet wasn't what it is today back then) there were a lot of issues with deciding the casting costs of cards. That is why you will notice the casting costs of cards all over the place, and why many cards are over-costed for what they do, even back then. Mana Drain is one of the few cards from the set that ended up being broken by most people's standards.

Read this article by Steve Menendian to learn more about the beginnings of Magic; its a great read all Magic players should read!
Posted By: TyrroxZym (2/25/2013 12:30:15 PM)


Because Counterspell was underpowered.

EDIT: *sound of joke going over people's heads*
Posted By: tazman321 (10/8/2011 9:20:47 PM)