Quote from TheTennesseeFireman »I suppose it depends on how often your decks fall into a chesty category, but it might be worth considering that your Gx ramp decks have felt obliged to be married to cheaty cards simply because they haven’t had access to flexible mana sinks like this. Most of the time pure ramp can be inconsistent and a slave to drawing the right payoffs at the right time, but this is a card you can play at basically any point to keep your engine rolling. I’ve been very impressed with it in standard testing so far, and I can’t wait to cube with it.
Also, I don’t think this card and Sneak/NO/etc decks are mutually exclusive. Often those decks will still run plenty of ramp to hard cast their fatties as a backup plan, and I’m sure some of those decks would have room to include something like this as a pure value card.
Quote from TheTennesseeFireman »Compare this to a traditional super-ramp card like Kozilek, Butcher of Truth. Sure, Kozilek is a better 10-drop, but it’s not that much better.
Also, what do you have to lose? Simic has like 1 1/2 cards that are actually worth the slot, and there’s very little worth playing in one of the most popular Simic archetypes, ramp.
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It’s such a tough card to compare to coiling/shardless agent.
Efficient value is not the axis he’s competing on. Especially since X spells SHOULD be mana inefficient, if the upside of the mana sink is powerful enough.