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Combos with Omniscience and archeomancer.
1. Omniscience makes your spells free.
2. Archeomancer fetches an instant or sorcery from graveyard.
3. Use tradewinds to bounce archeomancer and an opponent's permanent.
4. Replay archeomancer and get back tradewinds.
5. Bounce everyone's board.
Posted By: drossap1 (1/20/2013 7:26:03 AM)
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@PEVE_O

No it's not. Peel from reality says target creature. Aether Tradewinds says target permanent. In response to removal, you can bounce the target and bounce a... well, anything.
Posted By: Majora_13 (5/29/2013 5:48:42 AM)
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@VoidedNote:

"I suppose by that logic every single counterspell ever made is garbage?"

This card is so different from a counterspell, that your analogy is flawed. Æther Tradewinds is a very narrow card. When it's good, it's very good. The amount of things that have to align for it to be really good though are a lot, so most of the time, any other reasonable card is going to be better than Æther Tradewinds.

"You simply don't understand how blue plays. Blue is all about answers, not threats."

I think he does understand it. Blue's best answers are generic. Cancel is good because it counters anything. A counter that only gets instants and lets the opponent pay 2 to ignore it becomes even more narrow, making it much worse than Cancel. Just like with creatures, not all "answer" cards are equal.
Posted By: RiftenBlack (7/16/2013 6:24:02 PM)
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I don't know about certain other commenters, but, in my mind, an opponent playing an instant that can delay or even nullify your strategy, leave you vulnerable, and give your opponent an extra use out of an etb effect is a threat. You won't always have good counters in hand, so this is for when something gets through.

It doesn't just have to be a reactionary card, either. You could use this to open an opponent's defense in exchange for bouncing something of your own you could live without for a turn and it's easy to gear a deck full of "Enters the battlefield" effects and Haste to make it even more useful. Also, keep in mind that in format this card has natural synergy with Allies and Landfall.

All this for the same cmc as a Cancel, but with a little more splashability.

Situational, but solid. 4/5

Now who is going to rescue that poor goblin?
Posted By: Worldwalker1 (9/12/2013 5:01:39 PM)
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Play with Vedalken Plotter for lolz.
Posted By: Citz (11/3/2013 7:20:20 AM)
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Tumblr Tradewinds

"The wind smells of social justice. Check your privilege."
Posted By: Raibys (5/18/2014 8:51:32 AM)
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