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I just want to put this out there for anyone who may be thinking of using this card - if you are simply trying to protect your permanents, then Turn Aside will almost always be a better option. It's cheaper, and cannot be countered unlike Mana Leak with it's pay 3 ability.
Posted By: MechaKraken (6/25/2012 10:57:16 PM)


I remember when people thought this was on par with Spell Pierce. Man we were noobs. Also, 5/5.
Posted By: j_mindfingerpainter (8/14/2012 1:39:09 PM)


He's trying to cast Worldfire
Posted By: Jack-o-Crow (9/17/2012 9:27:29 PM)


Because this card is in Modern, I can forgive Wizards to not reprint Counterspell anymore! Effective, simple, splashable, balanced... And second Frozenwings: I agree with everything you said!

Posted By: leomistico (11/11/2011 2:46:22 PM)


I like this card more than counterspell for two reasons: Firstly, its color-weight is just U, not UU; this card is much easier to use in a multi-colored deck. Second, it's not $20. Haha.
Posted By: candyapplecorn (8/12/2011 3:13:42 PM)


1. They don't have three mana, their spell is countered.
2. They have three mana, they pay it, then they can't cast that cool instant they have in their hand for your turn.

Also, combos well with any spell your opponents would cast.
Posted By: EKraj (9/19/2012 3:34:56 PM)


Such a good card. ( I'm still waiting for the Counterspell though)
Posted By: True_Smog (7/10/2011 10:06:45 AM)


"Move over! Let a real counterspell through. *Scoff*. . .Amateur."

- Mana Leak, to Cancel
Posted By: DacenOctavio (6/7/2012 10:01:50 AM)


I was hoping for something different, like Convolute, or Force Spike.
Posted By: bowtochris (7/8/2011 2:29:00 PM)


QUOTE: >>> I couldn't think of blue competitively without this card. <<<
I can!!!

Mana Leak is a relic that doesn't really fit into the strategy of increasing the casting cost of Counterspell. (see Cancel). Basically, Mana Leak is a hard-counter, since in 90% of all the cases, your opponent isn't able to pay the extra cost. A Naturalize or Torpor Orb for cmc 5 will come too late to be useful.

I believe that R&D doesn't know what "fun" really is about. IF they would know the meaning, they would understand that blue should have more "name a card" spells like Declaration of Naught or Pithing Needle or a blue Oblivion Ring rather than a Mana Leak and it would print more counterspells that give the opponent a hard choice rather than printing a counterspell with a "I won't cast it, if you can... and if you can, it's too late" condi... (see all)
Posted By: Cheza (8/9/2011 9:52:20 AM)