Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Frontier Legal
Vintage Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Noble Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Block Constructed Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vanguard Legal
Leviathan Legal
Planechase Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Limited Legal
Modern Legal
Highlander Legal
Pauper Legal
Pauper EDH Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Casual Legal

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Set Rarity
Battle for Zendikar (BFZ) Common
Return to Ravnica (RTR) Common
Worldwake (WWK) Common

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Counter target instant spell.

Dispel Discussion

Oloro_Magic on [Primer] - Ad Nauseam Combo [[Procellam Legit]]

4 days ago


U/W Control is favorable, the problem that deck has specifically is that we have inevitability over them. The control deck can't realistically expect to win if they never play a threat, and if they mis-time playing that threat they can lose on the spot. It really is a matter of patience and not getting too jumpy with going off. Their best plan is to try to stick a Jace, the Mind Sculptor at a point where we can't feasibly combo and fate seal to victory. That's the dream for them; for us its to get to at least 6 mana as quick as possible and play conservatively, they are at an onus to not counter anything but Ad Nauseam , anything else is risky and can be the game. For us then, its about crafting a hand that has at least 2 Pact of Negation in it, that is usually pretty hard for them to beat, especially if they try to tap for anything to progress towards winning the game; our goal is to present a scenario where we can win if they ever try to commit, they need to play very very smart, the onus is really on them to pick their moments, we just have to observe. Mystical Teachings also is often great in this matchup, I've had control players stare down a Mystical Teachings at end step, knowing it is getting a Pact of Negation , put in a lose-lose situation as, if it resolves, they don't have the mana to beat 2 Pact of Negation , and if they counter it they can't beat 1.

I've had a few players express how much they dislike the matchup, but to me it's really just a matter of being patient, sometimes keeping a below average hand with just acceleration, dig, and Pact of Negation , simply because a smart control player is not going to try and win quickly and play as though you always have it.

After sideboard, because I never leave home with at least 1 Grand Abolisher type effect and if control was feeling worse I would probably also have a Swan Song , while it gets a bit more complicated because of Dispel changing the math, overall we are still favored; the one exception perhaps being Esper Control just because they have access to Thoughtseize + Surgical Extraction .

Overall my record against U/W (+Esper since I began recording a couple months ago I have lumped those two together as they play out similarly) is 33-3-13, so about 67%, the majority of the loses coming to decks with the black splash. Its a hard matchup if you don't know what you are doing, but we have the advantage as long as you are smart (keep in mind though that there is a point of no return with a deck like control, like we aren't going to win if they have 20 lands out and 7 counters in hand but if it ever gets to that point the game probably should have ended ages ago). :P

fastzero on U/B Delver (First Time Pauper deck)

6 days ago

I think Annul is great against artifacts or enchantments decks(affinity, boggles, etc), Dispel is good for counter battles against other blue decks(" i kill ur delver with Doom Blade , i use gush, i counter ur gush, i counter ur counter with dispel, now my gush resolves and i use foil for counter ur Doom Blade ), Duress is great against control decks or creatureless decks, Hydroblast is insane, rly good card, Nihil Spellbomb against graveyard strats, Stormbound Geist is great aggro/anti removal card, good against control, Shrivel is great against elves, goblins, or any decks that have a lots of 1/1 creature cards, Ghastly Demise is insane but is just against non-black creature decks.

heckproof on Can’t Block This

1 week ago

I feel like you’ll be wanting way fewer creatures and more counterspells. Modern’s in kind of a degenerate spot right now, and this deck doesn’t really have any way to race with Izzet Phoenix or Dredge. I’d say cut down to 16 creatures, and then run a number of Spell Pierce , Spell Snare , Disrupting Shoal , or maybe even Dispel . The deck really just needs the interaction.

mitomeg on Tips for powering up my ...

1 week ago

Hi guys, i'm an old school MtG player who got on MTGO for the first time 4 days ago. I've only played Mono Black in a casual format until now, so i'm not an expert.

I've chosen to play the Pauer format on MTGO and i've started with a UB Teachings... this is my Decklist:

LANDS: 1x Bojuka Bog 3x Dimir Aqueduct 4x Dismal Backwater 7x Island 1x Mortuary Mire 2x Radiant Fountain 4x Swamp

INSTANT: 1x Dispel 1x Disfigure 1x Tragic Slip 4x Counterspell 1x Deprive 2x Essence Scatter 1x Doom Blade 1x Diabolic Edict 3x Think Twice 1x Soul Manipulation 3x Forbidden Alchemy 1x Mystical Teachings

SORCERY: 1x Preordain 2x Duress 1x Wretched Banquet 3x Chainer's Edict 1x Shrivel 3x Rakshasa's Secret 1x Deep Analysis

CREATURES: 2x Sea Gate Oracle 1x Mulldrifter 3x Gurmag Angler

SIDEBOARD: 1x Chainer's Edict 1x Crypt Incursion 1x Dispel 1x Doom Blade 2x Duress 1x Mulldrifter 2x Negate 1x Nihil Spellbomb 1x Sea Gate Oracle 2x Shrivel 1x Stormbound Geist 1x Echoing Decay

I've got more losses than wins (probably mostly due to the fact the i'm new to this type of deck) but i'm wondering if you guys have some tips for maximize my chances to win consedering the actual meta in pauper.

I'm not playing in tournaments right now.


Thanks in advice!!

Icbrgr on Modern Horizon

1 week ago

Everyone please respect/be nice to others in the community/life in general... there isnt any need to devolve an otherwise healthy discussion.

I think there is a alot of evidence supporting the 3cmc counterspell/if they don't have a restriction or downside. Cancel , Dissolve going into Silumgar's Scorn , Logic Knot going into Dispel , Spell Pierce ... that makes a lot of sense to me and i think that logic fits really well untill the "X" factor of not needing to consider Standard came into play. This is the only reason why i think Counterspell / Sinkhole are plausible. otherwise id agree and say its just "wishful thinking" for some of us.

By printing a set that is meant to influence Modern makes me believe/hope modern will continue to get this kinda support for those of use who really enjoy the format and would like to see new/other options that are more Spikey without all out joining the ranks of legacy/vintage.

lorthosthetidebaker on Rain Drops

1 week ago

Cantrips like Serum Visions and Opt are great turn 1 plays in counter decks. I've been playing around with the idea of Disrupting Shoal in Modern and a normal distribution mana curve about 3 or an exponentially decreasing mana curve like yours might be great for some modern Force of Will . I think Illusory Angel is really cool but Tempest Djinn might just be better. Be sure to pack graveyard hate, 4 mana bounce sweepers, and Dispel s in your sideboard.

Tenebroleso on Zur the Enchanter [Voltron] [6/10]

2 weeks ago

08/03/2019: WIN

vs Toshiro Umezawa + Niv-Mizzet, the Firemind + Teysa Karlov + Athreos, God of Passage

Partita interessante e tesissima in un field a 5 giocatori estremamente difficile, contro avversari dotati di numerose removal e counter.
Rhystic Study di 3° che rimane sul tavolo fino a fine partita è il vero vincitore, mentre Windborn Muse al 4° mi garantisce di poter tirare avanti qualche turno.
Zur scende al 5° turno, protetto da doppio counter a cc1 ( Dispel + Swan Song ).
Il comandante riesce in qualche modo a fare il giro del tavolo e indossa Swiftfoot Boots . Attaccando, si mette anche addosso Shielded by Faith e da lì è protetto.
A quel punto parte l'ovvio archenemy ma Rhystic Study continua a darmi gas e a garantirmi una mano piena, senza saltare land drop.
Si aggiunge presto anche uno Strionic Resonator che mi permette di tutorare due a turno. Senza senso.
Nell'ultimo turno disponibile Teysa tutora Dictate of Erebos su cui piazzo un Negate . Se avesse tutorato Fleshbag Marauder non avevo counter contro creatura e avrei perso.
Tolgo di mezzo Teysa e rimango solo contro Athreos, sparo un Teferi's Protection nel suo upkeep e vinco nel mio.

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Dispel occurrence in decks from the last year


All decks: 0.04%

Blue: 0.34%

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.06%

Blue: 0.35%