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Why reprint cancel?! Give us counterspell!
Posted By: Beargh (9/26/2009 9:32:00 AM)


God bless Cancel, and may we never see Counterspell again!

This is here, instead of counterspell, for one very good reason: Counterspells aren't fun. No one likes playing against a counterspell deck. I play magic to play spells, not to watch them hit the graveyard every turn. They're just annoying. So they're nerfing counters: making the hard counters harder to play, and printing cheap soft counters like Negate and Essence Shatter, which are tougher to utilize. Counters are still there, but if you counter a spell in this format, you know you've earned it.
Posted By: ScissorsLizard (10/20/2009 8:38:42 PM)


Amazing how one colorless mana is the difference between an automatic four-of in any deck running blue and a near unplayable card.
Posted By: MrPink343 (1/16/2010 2:58:26 PM)


I refuse to play this card on principle. Zero Stars.

Given the other ridiculous instants that are in standard right now (doomblade, path to exile, and lightning bolt) I honestly don't think that counterspell would be overpowered in standard. But, for the sake of argument, lets assume that it is. Is mana leak also overpowered? How about condescend or spell burst or delay or familiar's ruse or logic knot or remand or rune snag or spell syphon??

I would honestly take ANY of those counters over cancel. Just... please... stop reprinting it every single set. The fact that I had to put 4 of this horrible, horrible card in my mono-blue standard deck makes me want to vomit.
Posted By: Eric1618 (2/13/2010 12:24:18 AM)


Posted By: bowlofgumbo (11/20/2009 10:48:22 PM)


Why not something like this?

Mindsculpt BlueBlue

Counter target spell. Target opponent may look at the top card of his or her deck. That player may put it on the bottom of his or her library.

"And you believe you are safe inside your thoughts?" Jace, Mind Scupltor

Its a close counterspell, but on some occasions it could save your opponent from a nasty draw. I know its not perfect, but it goes with the new Jace theme ;)

But anything, anything would be better than Cancel, Abjure, Foil, even Miscalculation ANYTHING!
Posted By: ClericNacho (2/19/2010 11:52:28 AM)


Oh, Counterspell, we weep for your passing.
Posted By: MrQuizzles (3/28/2010 11:36:01 PM)


Uhh... Forbid?
We all know Counterspell is annoying and sometimes broken, but at least dont give us trash!
Posted By: Kryptnyt (1/17/2010 5:06:34 PM)


Counterspell Tiers:

Absurd Counterspells

Memory Lapse
Force of Will

Excellent Counterspells

Cryptic Command
Mana Leak

Decent Counterspells

Mindbreak Trap
Spell Pierce
Essence Scatter (and variants)

Flavorful Counterspells

Dream Fracture
Arcane Denial

Questionable Counterspells

Pact of Negation
Force Spike
Mana Tithe
Decree of Silence

Trashy Counterspells


Bottom of the Barrel


'Cause even Nix costs less and Vex doesn't take UU.
Posted By: AlphaNumerical (11/24/2009 8:07:36 PM)


Think, why reprint Counterspell if Cancel is still in standard? Two cards that do the same thing with the difference of 1. Can you see the problems that would cause? Would like to face a blue control deck with 4 Cancels and 4 Counterspells waiting to null your best cards? Really...

So, until Cancel leaves standard reprinting Counterspell isn't an option.
Posted By: CSM-101 (10/7/2009 10:44:15 AM)