I guess this sort of fills the gap that the restriction of misstep opened. It gives a serious tool for tempo and control decks to push decks like PO and DPS into the mid-game where they can start piling up more hate pieces and/or get their draw engine + counter wall online.
Seems maindeck-able in Hatebears and Landstill, greatly increases consistency of turn 1 plays for Hatebears and helps Landstill by pushing the opponent into its long game gameplan and preventing more "veloce" blue decks from overpowering it with multiple broken spells.
This also seems like it could be really insane in a Bazaar deck (at least theoretically), since the tempo generated by this card is enough for a Bazaar deck to beat any deck that could potentially race it otherwise.
Enchantress with all the enchantment creatures finally gets a place in Vintage? My Boon Satyrs/Coursers are gonna wreck face.
4 of these and 4 Fastbond are all the noncreature spells I need
This card demolishes Enchantress. Let's play Chains and Arcane Lab also.
This card will slot extremely nicely into my GWB Hatebear/Human shells. I used to run Eidolon of Rhetoric + Grand Abolisher + Thalia, Guardian of Thraben for an extremely restrictive triumvirate of power that keeps Xerox decks and other blue decks at bay. This is almost a strict upgrade to that. This card has me very excited to brew again for the first time in a while. Nice job Wizards!
I think it's important people think about how devastating this card can be. Not just as a tempo play, but as a simple lock piece.
There have been high profile complaints about effects that advantage players first turn, on the play, like Chalice of the Void.
This card has the potential to be like that. Imagine your opening hand is something like: Mox, Mox, Land, Instant, Sorcery, 2cc Creature.
If your opponent has a first turn Defeaning Silence, your entire game is stymied.
This is even worse if you are a PO player, and your opening hand is something like: Mox, Mox, Mox, Land, PO. Just think about how impactful that is. It's totally absurd.
This card is bonkers, and I think it will probably be the most impactful card in the set in the long run. This card could have been absurd in 2005 2009 or 2015.
In terms of possible homes, there are lots of possibilities:
Landstill, Fastbond land combo, Humans, and the most obvious is White Eldrazi. But I think the best, most automatic application is Survival. If I were testing for Champs with Survival, I would play test at least 3 between the maindeck and sideboard ASAP.