@poxeveryturn Absolutely agree on casual use, and I'm getting a bunch for that purpose.
I just don't see it in Vintage
@dstinct You don't need 2. Blightsteel shuffles itself into your library as a replacement effect. So, assuming it's the only creature in your deck, it just finds itself. Compare to Emrkaul, who shuffles itself as a triggered ability and thus is not in the yard during resolution of Shadow.
Anyway, I like this card for casual -- not Vintage. I made a list of it's positive interactions with non-terrible cards:
(1) Run some specific ways to make every dork who gets this enchantment put on it indestructible:
Shielded By Faith, Spearbreaker Behemoth, Krosan Warcheif
(2) Make a deck full of cards that are already indestructible = Value town
Phylactery Lich, Predator Ooze, Ulamog the Ceaseless Hunger, Ulamog the Infinite Gyre, Zurgo Helmsmasher
(3) Sprinkle in some creatures you want to die, maybe?
Veteran Explorer, Academy Rector
(4) Give your dorks regeneration?
Yavimaya Hollow, Asceticism
(5) Go all old-school Polymorph?
Kalanui Garden -> Emrakul
(6) Or just enjoy that sweet, sweet ETB action? Some regularly played favorites..
Baleful Strix, Eternal Witness, Precursor Golem, Thought Knot Seer, Solemn Simulacrum, Sundering Titan
(7) Or other bit players?
Angel of Despair, Auramancer, Avalanche Riders, Bogarden Hellkite, Coiling Oracle, Flametounge Kavu, Any Titan, Laquatus's Champion, Rune Scarred Demon, Siege Gang Commander, Thunder Dragon
(8) Use dorks that have regeneration?
Albino Troll, Augur of Skulls, Deity of Scars, Hellkite Overlord, Loleth Troll, Masticore, River Boa, Spirit Monger, Thrun, the Last Troll, Troll Ascetic
None of these options seem attractive in Vintage.
Here's a far out idea.
We know Workshop and Mentor could be hit, and this would (perhaps degenerately) lowe percentages for workshop ans mentor decks. But, mentor can fall back on Pyro. Workshop has nothing.
What, before restricting Workshop, they print a new version in a direct to eternal product? Like a workshop that produces 2, so there's an artifact version of eldrazi temple?
If we're talking explicitly about Oath, we have to compare this to Emrakul's equally slow "activated ability" of attacking for 15 with Annihilator 6 ... I think this is much worse, and I'm honestly not a fan of Emrakul in Oath to begin with. Even with haste, I'm not sure I'd rather have this than Griselbrand, and this most definitely does not have haste. I think if you're looking at this card it needs to be in a deck that can cast it ... and even then you're talking a real uphill battle.
Does a Golden Gun shell change this? Like Emrakul, this can get shwifty with Dragon's Breath.
The only reason it was interesting to me at all is that low, low, activated ability cost. 1 mana is hardly a premium to pay for this effect. If he's cheated out, having a 1 mana Mind's Desire on tap is a pretty powerful thing.
Now, the lack of Haste is problematic for sure. I recognize that with expensive creatures like this the real issue is the opportunity cost. But, this comes closer to its Restricted namesake than did Magus of the Will or Wheel, that's for sure.
@maximumcdawg Love it! Screw it dude, let's just run a bunch of discard. This is totally gonna work.
I'm game, but remember the opponent can just eat the time walk during YOUR turn to prevent you from getting that far. And, indeed, they HAVE to if you are presenting a credible threat of comboing off and they can't counter. So, we're really talking about a 2BB Time Walk once the opponent figures out what is going on. I think 2BB is actually a fair cost for Time Walk... and thats not a good thing.
Unless you add like Grand Abolisher to the mix but now we're really in Magical Christmas Land.
The Time Vault/ Power Level Errata debates happened a decade ago at this point, and I don't remember the specific findings as they relate to Zodiac Dragon. Perhaps @MaximumCDawg or someone else familiar with those debates might be able to shed light on this question without my having to do further research.
Oh snap am I late?
Here's the "article" i wrote about this. I included links to all the major discussions of errata policy I knew of. I think any links you want to find are probably quoted here.
EDIT: I didn't cross post this little diatribe over here, but I could if people are interested.
@poxeveryturn Lethal Vapors.
During opponents turn, activate 1000 times and hold priority. Cast Teferi. Opp tries to do the same. But ho ho. We're in a fragmented loops. And activate player loses. So you get to dump all your turns.
Then you lose to Force of Will but hey
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