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Snapcaster Mage – Innistrad Rare

Snapcaster Mage

Creature – Human Wizard Rare
When Snapcaster Mage enters the battlefield, target instant or sorcery card in your graveyard gains flashback until end of turn. The flashback cost is equal to its mana cost.
Illus. Volkan Baga 2/1

We don’t even have official artwork for this picture and it’s tearing up the discussion of Innistrad! In my previous mention of Snapcaster Mage, I said it wouldn’t be a chase rare; well, I’ve been proven wrong. Star City Games is already pre-ordering Snapcaster Mage for $14 USD. Evan Erwin of the Magic Show is praising it as a chase rare, and people are amazed by its very existence on Twitter, so I’m going to take a better look at it.

Being a 2/1 for 1U is pretty good by itself, especially with it having flash and giving an instant or sorcery card in the graveyard flashback equal to i’s mana cost. It gives White/Blue decks flashbacks on Day of Judgment, Mana Leak, Ponder, and other utility cards in the sideboard like Flashfreeze, Revoke Existence or Mental Misstep. It even lets you flashback dismember, giving you an additional dismember in addition to the 2 or 3 in the main deck, as I assume the flashback for dismember would be in Phyrexian mana.

But, wait, we can’t have cards making Dismember better; it’s already ruining standard, just like Mental Misstep is ruining Legacy and Vintage! There’s still the bit of speculation discussing the banning of both Dismember in standard and Mental Misstep in Legacy due to the breaking of the color pie.

Phyrexian Obliterator - MTG - New Phyrexia

Phyrexian Obliterator was a feared card when New Phyrexia was being announced, yet it hasn’t seen a single top at any Standard event (and only saw limited success in a few top decks in Legacy for a week or so after New Phyrexia’s release) despite what this card should’ve been able to do in Constructed. ElspethFTW praised it before the set was released.

However, as was discussed on the Magic Show, it’s obvious what happened to it. Dismember.


Dismember is being hailed as both a great card and a horrific mistake by R&D and Design; Dismember destroyed the color pie and will haunt the game unless it’s banned or outclassed; and this isn’t a card I want to see outclassed. Personally, Dismember has made the game worse as it makes a lot of creative decks (like Phyrexian Obliterator or Geth, Lord of the Vault, and anything with 5/5 or lower) meaning that things like Primeval Titan, Sun Titan, and Consecrated Sphinx rule the format of large creatures, while the rest of the format is things like Squadron Hawk, too little to be a lot of a threat, but ends up used on them regardless.

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