It’s an uncommon. This is great for budget players.
This is not a format for budget players, especially ones who cannot afford Grafdiggers cage.
I actually think the benefit here could make this viable as a sideboard card.
- Diversity - Cannot be extirpated if they get your cages, cannot be named by meddling mage, Dodges MM but does get hit by spell snare (which sees no play), can dodge a CotV set to 1
- Coverage - Does in fact cover more cards than cage as the OP pointed out. If Lurris was not banned, which at this point is something that could happen, this would stop him.
Doesn't do enough extra to justify the extra cost, IMO.
In matchups where you need Cage, you need it in play ASAP, ideally while simultaneously layering additional hate cards or answering additional threats like Hollow One that Cage doesn't answer. Paying an extra mana for Cage is not compatible with these plans.
Eh bro’s whatchu mean Vintage isn’t for budget players?
Vintage 4 every1
In all seriousness, with 10-15 proxy Vintage is the cheapest format to get into. And if I didn’t have any money, I’d probably want to play the maximum number of $1 Grafdiggers Cages/Weathered Runestone and then go from there.