I'd love to hear your thoughts on how haywire mite stacks up vs needle in the green beats lists that are around.
Also what archetype do you think got the biggest boost from this set?
@thewhitedragon69 a colored removal spell seems bad in rainbow humans, because you can't play it off any of your caverns and cavern knockoffs. you can't reliably expect your creatures to die - obviously plow doesn't put them in the yard, and in terms of walkers you'd want to remove, oko doesn't neatly do so either. a removal spell that's only playable after multiple exchanges of your creatures for the opponent's removal and counters is a card that's really only 'good' when you're behind.
@schmakt I tested this and it was just not good enough in the meta. If you are only hitting instants and sorceries then you are too weak against creatures and planeswalkers. Too many of the good spells are just one of's anyway.
I'd rather have a second Force of Negation or play Pyroblast. I have been testing 4 flusters for the Doomsday and Tinker match ups and that is working out better than this card.
Honestly, play An Offer You Cannot Refuse or Spell Pierce may be better than this card right now.
So bear with me, but how many lords does the list need? I'm of the mindset now that LOA may have run its course as a 4 of in Merfolk lists. We already have Master of the pearl trident as a strict upgrade and LOA does carry liability in the mirror. I think in most matches you would sooner want one hexcatcher and one LOA variant in play over 2 LOAs or 2 Hexcatchers.
I somehow doubt the 1/1 stats vs the 2/2 stats are the breaking point for this card when you consider the full package, and the 1U casting cost is also a non trivial upgrade to the lord when you consider Magus of the moon or a bad opener with too many wastelands.