Tuesday, January 17, 2012

RCotD #67

Random Card of the Day #67:

Plains - 0
Basic Land - Plains
{T}: Add {W} to your mana pool.

Initial thoughts:

It was only a matter of time until I got another basic land. And not even one of the good ones like the Unsets or Zendikar. On the other hand this card is from the set Urza's Saga, which to be honest was a pretty broken set.

What really broke the set is what I call the "Urza clause" which is "Untap up to X lands, where X is this spell's converted mana cost."

Just to name a few:
Time Spiral

Most of these are just other counterparts of spell. Snap is Unsummon but costs {1} more. Rewind is Cancel but costs {1} more. Treachery is just a broken Mind Control (or a Control Magic but costs {1} more.)

Which is pretty good, but these cards are just really, really out of line. Especially with any of the Karoo/Bounce lands, or the super-abusable High Tide. This set is what probably truly "broke" blue if it makes any sense--way back when blue could do anything.

But that's me talking about the set. I wish I was a part of it. I only know about it because I sometimes see it. As for the Plains, I suppose it has excellent synergy with these cards. But as mentioned on the Lolzor double holiday special, it's an auto-include if you play in these colors. 5/5

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