The new age of Snapcasting

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Mark Rosewater has stated on several occasions on his podcast, on his blog etc. that if he was to design Snapcaster Mage and fix it, he’d make it red, not blue. Snapcaster Mage came at a somewhat touchy time as well, being released in Innistrad, together with format nemesis Delver of Secret, and just after Legacy had experienced the mental misstep that was Mental Misstep. It’s easy to see why anyone not on the blue bandwagon (i.e. anyone trying hard to catch up with the best colour in Magic) would feel frustrated that blue time and again gets all the neat toys. As the old Magic comic UGmadness once stated, all colours gets ice cream, but blue gets one extra scoop of sticky chocolatey lovin’.

Colour issues aside, the effect Snapcaster Mage provides could very well be in red. In Commander 2014, we have a Mage who’s not really colourshifted Snapcaster Mage, but he does provide a lot of value and he’s very red. Check it out:

Dualcaster Mage

I imagine this will be more or less auto-include for any EDH deck that can handle the double-red requirement of casting him. Since he can copy any instant or sorcery spell on the stack, he can steal even your opponents’ spells, meaning he’ll have great utility in almost any EDH pod, even if your deck is somewhat lacking in the instant and sorcery department.

I’m even more excited about him in Legacy. Brainstorm, Treasure Cruise and Abrupt Decay are just three examples of spells that you can copy for great value, especially since you get a neat 2/2 body on top of it, useful for combating Planeswalkers in the format. Further, copying your opponent’s Force of Will allows you to target his Force of Will with your own, meaning that since your copy will be put on the stack after the original, it will resolve first and counter Force of Will before the original counters its target.

Dualcaster Mage is more than just “Fork on legs”, since it also comes with a body, meaning it is inherent card advantage. I like it a lot in both EDH and in Legacy, although I don’t like having to buy more cards from limited printings.

What do you think of Dualcaster Mage? Leave a comment below!

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  1. Grim Lavamancer

     /  October 28, 2014

    Yeah! Now we’re talking! I really like this card, its got so much utility that I don’t even know were to begin. This is going straight into my Temur-deck! Whether it’s to copy a Decree of Pain and play it first, counter a counterspell, chump block a fatty coming your way or cave in someone’s skull with two urns of lava, this ‘gal definatley got what it takes!

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    • Completely agree. She’s going into Brion as well, if I can get my hands on the card.

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      • Grim Lavamancer

         /  October 28, 2014

        I have to wait until the deck lists comes out, but I’m probably buying at least one of the decks, probably the red one. This card, Feldon (who’s going to try to build a robot out of his girlfriend Avenger of Zendikar), the as of yet unknown red planeswalker, the probably haste granting red lieutenant. It’s going to be sweet!

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