@desolutionist good point. I thought about focusing things to red for some reason, and try weird/surprising cards, and just overlooked nature's claim (though I usually have those in my sideboard). I've tested abjure and it might come back in, it sometimes just felt that I wasn't entirely in control of when I cracked my induced amnesia, but that's probably more of an issue when hoping to storm of in one turn. Ray of revelation is really smart due to the flashback so you have one in the graveyard for destroying the next induced amnesia with. I'll definitely test that.
@brass-man Not what I meant, although your response shows me that I could have been clearer. What I was trying to say was that, if Extract effects become a legitimate presence in the metagame, this card's enabling a player to hide win cons in the sideboard could be important for some decks.
@thecravenone You can pay alternate costs with this, right? So Dread Return could be played by sacrificing your guys and exiling their Bridges. :)
It's not TOTALLY useless but yeah, pretty situational though.
It still exiles the target, even if the target isn't cast. So it is sorcery speed graveyard hate.
The commander/casual version of Tolarian academy I guess. Don't expect to see this anywhere else (especially not in vintage) since it's way too narrow, slow and costs a lot of mana for a do nothing. Although you never know the power level of the academy effect may be ridiculous enough to make this relevant somewhere ?
Agreed. If you're spending 2UR and you have 5 artifacts... you don't need Tolarian Academy.
The mana-for-attacking-creatures effect is nice and all, but we have a far more playable(ish) version in Curse of Opulence. So... no, this card is a nothingburger.
I'm not sure I follow this bit. You can't use Kess on your oppoent's turn, so if you tap out with a have a Force/Misstep in your yard, your opponent can safely wait until their own turn to play removal or something threatening.
This is true, it's not strictly 'safe', i should say 'more safe'.
Making them wait is a decent tempo play and even if you have 5 to leave one for Fluster, having a free counter in the yard when you anticipate removal is fine. It is not as great as envision in practice i bet.
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Back to Basics or Bloodmoon are good targets for ET that hose blue decks. In the Eye of Chaos? Also Yawgmoths Bargain is unrestricted, and usually plays Rector. 4 Rector, 4 Bargain, 4 ET, 1 Vamp, 1 DT seems it could be something.
Therapy as a sideboard tactic in humans, once a blue deck boards Missteps out is nice. If they're on White you proactively clear plow. Red, bolt etc. then lay you dude. Late it has synergy with Peek Pirate.
information peek like
Proactive and reactive
unless you hit a crucial mana fonts or 3 cards in one shot, the effect you gain is not that fast in this format
The ravager deck tries to fast kill with aggression/ballista shots. The few supporting cards are sphere effects that usually hit 3/4 /5 cards in the opponent hands. In that spyglass is way more narrow.
If the deck was still focused on locking the opponent had 1st strategy, it eould be more valuable
I understand you had a rough day with the SMIP thread, @brass-man. @The-Atog-Lord is on record calling me a troll account and I thought you knew that. I shortened troll account to troll for the sake of my prior post. Consider me the Chaotic Good of D&D alignment, like Chandra!
@fsecco since 2004, Echoing Truth was in and out of many decks: control
Slaver, some gifts boards, etc. the bouncing multiples was sometimes important, but it was just an upside to the best all-around bounce spell available at the time.
I admit, I've been dorking about in the practice room with an Esper build playing both Seeker AND Homunculus, which I'm sure makes me some kind of Vintage hipster ;)
Not doing anything particular to get value out of him other than play Night's Whisper, plus Yawg's Will. Just a handy little beater, who also allowed me to cut a land, which in these post-Gush days feels quite a luxury against other blue decks. Not saying it's fantastic or anything, but I like the little blighter. With only one lonely Monk in my deck, I've got to beat down with something...
Baral meanwhile I've been playing in a more controlling Slaver style build, but that's another story!
Only just come back to MTGO after a break over the summer... will run some of this nonsense through the leagues and report back. Happy to admit, The Homunculus is probably more a fun/pet card. But life we would be boring if we didn't occasionally try these things!
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