Countervailing Winds


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Standard Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Casual Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Hour of Devastation (HOU) Common

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Countervailing Winds


Counter target spell unless it's controller pays 1 for each card in your graveyard.

Cycling 2 (2, Discard this card: Draw a card).

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Countervailing Winds Discussion

x12721 on Sipping Espresso

6 days ago

Would Countervailing Winds be worth playing over Logic Knot? That way, you don't have to clear out your own graveyard. Plus, it cycles itself if needed.

zenia on Do you REALLY want to play that?

2 weeks ago

Thanks for the suggestion, CrazedPorcupine. I am not quite sure about Countervailing Winds. You are definitely right, through the game this cards gets stronger as once graveyard fills. However it is still a soft counter. It still leaves a small window open for your opponent to react. I purposely avoided counter like these and only put in hard counterspells.

TheOrakle on 4,5-Colour New Perspectives Combo

2 weeks ago

Great suggestions, Oculus84! I ran this deck with Drake Haven and/or Faith of the Devoted at some points both main- and sideboard, and they didn't do much. This deck's worst matchup, I would say, is UW Approach control. They usually have enough mana to get around Censor, Haze of Pollen doesn't do anything, and Gideon's Intervention kills this deck, so, naturally, I want more diverse wincons. That's where these two would come in, but draining 2 or making a 2/2 flier won't do much against lifegain. Stir the Sands just as underwhelming as Drake Haven.

I will put Countervailing Winds in the sideboard against control matchups, but Censor works well in main against tempo or curve-out aggro like Ramunap Red.

Kefnet, Kefnet, the least appreciated god, and yet my favourite, how did I not think of him for this deck? Blocker against aggro, lowers my curve, draws cards, and finally, can return excessive cyclelands to my hand to draw even more cards! I'm an idiot. Thanks, Oculus84.

CrazedPorcupine on Do you REALLY want to play that?

2 weeks ago

I'm giving this an upvote entirely because of Library of Leng because i feel it's the most underrated card ever to be created, and provides so much safety against a lot of card mechanics that exist. Looting, rummaging, raw discard, it's just such a wonderful card, and I'd love if it got reprinted. Anyways, the deck looks solid, though one suggestion I had was Countervailing Winds

Later in the game, it can become one of the most powerful counterspells because of how many cards you'd have in your graveyard, while still being incredibly cheap, Plus you can always cycle it if necessary. (Unfortunately, because the discard part of Cycling is an active cost, it MUST go to the graveyard, even if Library of Leng is out)

mhaywood03 on REAL budget standard mill

3 weeks ago

Ok in this kind of deck you need options to slow your opponent and more mill options, I recommend putting in at least 2 Abandoned Sarcophagus to recast your cycling mill spells, with that I would replace Cancel with Countervailing Winds as you would have a fair amount of cards in your graveyard and you can recast it from the sarcophagus. I would put 4 Ipnu Rivulet and 4 Desert of the Mindful to avoid flooding and add extra mill from the rivulet. To add stall to the deck Id add 4 Winds of Rebuke and if you have the money a pair of River's Rebuke if you dont then run the budget alternative Floodwaters which also has cycling. Also consider some Essence Scatters and Censors as some better counter magic.

Antimage on Baby's First Standard Deck

3 weeks ago

General good cards in these colors:

Cards that help the Call for Unity strategy:

Good cards for a cycling strategy:

ArchonBlue on Azorius U/W Control on a ...

1 month ago

@sylvannos, thank you so much for taking the time to give me such detailed and thoughtful feedback! I have made a few adjustments as a result, based on the cards that I have on hand and how much I am willing to overhaul the deck without playing more. I definitely need some Detention Spheres and Glacial Fortress. I don't have Logic Knot I don't think, I'll have to check. I put in Countervailing Winds as a sub which is pretty similar. I replaced Niblis of Frost with Venser, Shaper Savant and shuffled around some of my counters. I also ordered some Disenchants based in part on a previous comment. Do you think I need four Serum Visions and four Opt? That's a lot of card draw and they aren't that different. Also, I have a bunch of Repeal. What do you think of that as a counterspell?

dthoreson813 on

2 months ago

Countervailing Winds!!

Derp! Can't believe I forgot to mention that one. It's a decent hard counter later on. Cycling helps get it into your graveyard for the snake.

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