• Nebulium

    Wow, I’m actually a little surprised they printed something this powerful. A better mana leak if you have just a little setup. I would’ve expected a noncreature clause or something.

    • Zombie

      Tapping down your permanents to reduce the casting cost of Metallic Rebuke doesn’t make it a better Mana Leak, unless those artifacts you tap have an untap clause or don’t require tapping to function normally.

      Like, this is pretty decent with Key to the City, but Mana Leak this is not.

      • Nebulium

        I’m not saying its a better mana leak. I’m saying its a better mana leak with the right setup. Mana leak will always cost two unless you have a medallion out or something. Jeez with the same medallion you can make this cost just U. Unless you really care about that medallion being tapped.

      • Ultradryguy

        This works really well with clues

        • Zombie

          I refer you to my post regarding this:

          “TFW Thraben Inspector lets you cast Mana Leak in Standard”

          I’m on top of it boss, don’t worry none.

      • Arcus Diabolus

        Investigate decks are one such spammable artifact type.

        I would argue its biggest downfall is it requires the set up in the first place. Mana leak is good at capitalizing on the early game mana curve before falling off later, and this more or less can’t take advantage of that the same way.

  • Nyos

    Wow. So, a 1 mana counter spell in practically any artifact deck? At COMMON??

  • guest

    Could this see play in affinity sideboards? Instead of spell pierce/stubborn denial? There is always stuff like cranial plating lying around.

  • Derek Niles

    this will be fun to play around with in pauper

  • Random Guy

    Keep in mind this is only really good in a non creature artifact deck. It’s very good there though.

    • Max Castle

      why can you not tap your artifact creatures for this on an opponents turn at instant speed (sorry, relatively new player)?

      • Random Guy

        Because then you can’t attack with your artifact creatures. It’s still okay with artifact creatures, but not great.

        • Max Castle

          got it, but as a counter on opponents turn it works well…

        • Tolle

          I’d say it is fine. You can still cast it for its normal mana if you need to, or you can cast it for its improvised cost if that is what is needed. It provides options and options are valuable.

          • Random Guy

            Yeah, only thing is it’s in competition with Revolutionary Rebuff. I think most decks will split between those two.

          • Tolle

            I’d argue this is better. It is only one generic more that can hit artifacts too, in a block where artifacts are a large source of the power. Plus you have the ability to make it cheaper if you need to.

          • Random Guy

            Overall it’s better, but I think having 1-2x Revolutionary and 2-3x Metallic will generally be better than 4x of either, because if you don’t happen to draw Thraben Inspector or Renegade Map this card won’t be great until turn 4. Revolutionary is a nice backup turn 2 play.

          • TogetherAlone

            I disagree since this can counter artifacts and marvel is very important to counter

  • kmk888

    Well this card is actually a pretty big problem in Standard and maybe Frontier or Modern. I’m all about it.

    They are really trying to make the Paradox Engine run. It reminds me of the way they pushed the Aetherworks Marvel deck, and we saw how that turned out.

  • Tireless Tracker likes this. I could see a decent UG deck with this, Tireless Tracker, and some vehicles for a starting point.

  • Zombie

    TFW Thraben Inspector lets you cast Mana Leak in Standard.

  • Shagoth

    Better mana leak in artifact decks, which in pretty sure will be most the format, so I think this might be the best new counterspell we got in a long time, excluding dissipate.

  • Jakob Schneider

    Damn, that looks good. Potentially even fringe playable in Modern.

  • Jakob Schneider

    The casual Winter Orb/Howling Mine Improvise deck is looking better and better.

  • Arcus Diabolus

    Judging by the skulls in the blast being shot at Tezzy, this is depicting Liliana vs Tezzeret in the lore.

  • Robert FakeLastName

    wow this has some pretty sick interactions with lotus petal. might show up next to show and tell or storm.

    • How so?

      • Robert FakeLastName

        it just seems like an interesting alternative to flusterstorm. I am fully aware that that is probably better, but i have high hopes here. The interaction i was talking about is giving lotus petal more to do. Thinking about it and now realizing i have to tap to sac the petal for mana, it(counter) seems less good than i was anticipating. the idea was t1 island petal and use the petal for 2 mana by tapping then sacing but that is not possible sadly.

        • Even without Petal having to tap it wouldn’t work.

          • Robert FakeLastName

            oh you are right.:(

  • potatogod442

    Will be interesting if this gets used in modern affinity, or that thopter combo deck.

    • Speaking as an Affinity player: hard to say. Aside from Cranial Plating, all the artifacts in a typical build are either creatures (which you’ll hopefully be swinging with as much as possible) or mana producers, meaning this will often just be a Mana Leak with an added cost. On the other hand, I may be underestimating the number of untapped Ornithopters that sit on the board in certain matchups; but even then, is a conditional, potentially inconsistent Mana Leak really preferable to just running (well, boarding) Spell Pierce?

      I don’t really know how the Thopter deck works (haven’t played Modern since around the time they unbanned Foundry) but I imagine a more combo/control type of artifact deck would have a better shot at running this card.