Crystal Ball


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Commander 2018 (C18) Uncommon
2011 Core Set (M11) Uncommon

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Crystal Ball


, : Scry 2. (Look at the top two cards of your library, then put any number of them on the bottom of your library and the rest on top in any order.)

Crystal Ball Discussion

Cloudius on We Love Freebies! *Primer*

1 month ago

hkhssweiss Agree. I'm with you that Preordain > Crystal Ball . Scry effects are filters most of the time, the only time they count as manipulation, is when the 2nd card is what you want and you "manipulate" it to the top. LOL

Lemme try out E. Tutor over C. Ball and let you know how it went. Cheers.

Cloudius on We Love Freebies! *Primer*

1 month ago

hkhssweiss Thanks for your inputs and good analysis. You're right about Enlightened Tutor .

I categorised Crystal Ball as top of library manipultion instead of tutor so they serve slightly different purposes. If I want to include E.Tutor, the Ball or Preordain would be on the chopping board as they're the weaker cards among the list of 12 top library manipulators.

Icbrgr on Can Counterbalance Mimic Chalice of ...

1 month ago

ive only playtested a handful of games with running Counterbalance both with and without Crystal Ball ... its ok... my biggest gripe with the ball is that because its "just ok" ... yeah the scry 2 at instant speed has helped but because it 's ontop of paying it feels like its not worth trying to combo and i find myself tempted to run just a straight up hard counter or wipe/removal in its place to Just blindly jam in a Counterbalance to essentially get close to the same value from it as a general "card advantage engine" rather than a soft lock.

so far of the things said i really think that Doom Whisperer with counterbalance seems ridiculous in a deck jammed with 1-3cmc spells to stave off removal.... maybe Disinformation Campaign and or Death's Shadow would be good synergy with that.... but then again with a 6/6 flying trampler in play i wouldn't imagine you'd need counterbalance to work much more than once lol..... really cool stuff thanks guys.

hkhssweiss on We Love Freebies! *Primer*

1 month ago

Heya Cloudius in regards to your previous post. I would definitely support Enlightened Tutor into main board, the cut I would consider would be Crystal Ball .

A couple reasons why is that you would have access to Scroll Rack as well, with the amount of fetches you run you can essentially manipulate your library as well. Not only that a T1 E-tutor can grab you any of the fast mana rocks as well. If you have access to them you can grab Sensei's Divining Top and continue your manipulation.

It also adds to the consistency of what you can grab and opens up many lines of answers for you and streamlines the deck even more. In retrospect the Scry 2 from Crystal ball is decent but you have to pay than an additional before you can gain use of it.

Hope that gives a little perspective on my thoughts :P

Funkydiscogod on Can Counterbalance Mimic Chalice of ...

1 month ago

I've been looking for other things that can do what top does:

Icbrgr on Can Counterbalance Mimic Chalice of ...

1 month ago

As of late ive been noticing Chalice of the Void being built around in pyro prison decks designed to hose the 1-2CMC slots (depending on the deck).

I am curious to know what people think about the idea of running Counterbalance in Modern to act as an asymmetrical Low Avg. CMC punisher card.... In the right shell (Like Spirits/Faeries); could this be good tech against things like Burn/Aggro and Tempo decks?

I know that Counterbalance had/has a lot of power in Legacy with so many relevant spells costing 1-2 mana and was given a lot of help with copious amounts of topdeck manipulation/ Sensei's Divining Top .

But could Counterbalance still be worth building around in an attempt to mimic Chalice of the void in a strategy that uses cheap spells and creatures just by itself? It seems like a solid card if you get it out early and it stays out for most of the game; you'll probably end up countering at least a few spells .... or would Crystal Ball /imitation Top/Topdeck manipulation or tutor be required for this to be worthwhile/work.

hudsonw on Go Ninja, Go Ninja GO!

1 month ago

I found the secret to a quicker Yuriko deck is top deck manipulation. Here is my package for that: 1x Augury Owl 1x Insidious Dreams 1x Lim-Dul's Vault 1x Mystical Tutor 1x Personal Tutor 1x Sage Owl 1x Sensei's Divining Top 1x Vampiric Tutor

I would definitely swap out your Diabolic Tutor for at least Mystical tutor, and budget depending, the other 2 I listed as well. Maybe Crystal Ball but I find it too slow.

You could also focus the deck more by taking out the graveyard recur. I would also add more 1 cmc unblockables to enable all your ninjustu ninjas. Here's my decklist: It's very focused on what Yuriko wants to do.

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Crystal Ball occurrence in decks from the last year

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All decks: 0.02%