Let’s talk Innistrad – Snapcaster Mage (Tiago Chan’s Invitational Card)

Hello my Nurglings!

It’s time to go back to Innistrad for another blue card. It really seems that blue is getting plenty of sweet cards in this set. Recently I talked about Invisible Stalker, a 1/1, Hexproof, Unblockable creature. For me he looks insane for the coming format, depending on how strong the aggressive decks will be. But if there is a new control deck popping up, he will be in it. I will now show you and talk about another card that will be a auto-include in many decks to come. He’s so tricky! Even EDH player will be using this (in my area people tend to use strong/powerful cards so don’t get me wrong).

Here we go:


Snapcaster Mage 1U
Creature – Human Wizard (R)
Flash
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.
2/1
Illus. Volkan Baga

Okay so wow! Let’s just understand what’s going to happen when you play this card, every Sorcery and Instant now effectively have Flashback. Imagine facing a deck that includes this guy while you’re thinking; “I could probably do this but it depends on what he has in hand, maybe it’s a Mana Leak the way he’s been playing. Do I go all out? Oh wait… graveyard. Day Of Judgment. Mana Leak. Ponder. Timely Reinforcements. Oh joy! Not.”

That will happen to you even if you like it or not, with this card, you will have to stay aware of your opponents graveyard. If you’re a regular at tournaments, this is nothing new. You want to have a check at the graveyard now and then to see what and how many answers an opponent has left in his deck, and the probability of him having it in hand. Snapcaster Mage makes this a lot harder than before. Since the whole graveyard now holds a “second library” with tricks.

I’ve already mentioned a few cards that could be reused for great value in U/W decks, but let us take a look at what a U/B decks would be able to use again. This is after rotation so we’re missing out on any card not yet spoiled from Innistrad.

Black Sun’s Zenith
Yes it can end up in the grave!
Despise
Just imagine when you play this card and see two creatures and/or Planeswalkers that needs to be taken care of. Despise. Snapcaster Mage. Despise.
Dismember
Like we needed more of these.
Doom Blade / Go For The Throat
Mana leak
Ponder
(I guess you wouldn’t mind this)
Mental Misstep

This list will get bigger with time, and I’m looking forward to it!

Until next time, beware of the grave.
Cya soon!

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Posted on 3 September, 2011, in Card Games, Magic The Gathering, Spoiler, Thoughts and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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