Essence Scatter


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Standard Legal
Pauper EDH Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Casual Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Amonkhet (AKH) Common
Magic 2014 (M14) Common
Magic 2013 (M13) Common
Duels of the Planeswalkers (DPA) Common
2010 Core Set (M10) Common

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Essence Scatter


Counter target creature spell.

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Essence Scatter Discussion

Wido92 on U/R Drake Control

2 days ago

Aguss, you should add 2x Cancel and 2x Essence Scatter. I would take out Pull from Tomorrow, Negate & Insult / Injury for them.

The rest is fine I guess... maybe you could add 4x Highland Lake and take out 2x Island 2x Mountain

Wood_Elemental on All in T4 Approach Combo

1 week ago

Yeah, I see that, but you aren't going to get the AotSS early every time so you need to protect yourself. Little tokens aren't going to do well against boardwipes or creatures with trample. Even Mono-Red Aggro has a bunch of removal to take care of the tokens. And the removal you have can leave the battlefield with Cast Out, Naturalize, Ixalan's Binding, etc. and they'll just get there thing back. I'd recommend some removal such as Settle the Wreckage, Cast Out, Ixalan's Binding, Disallow, Essence Scatter or even Negate. I know that's a lot of cards but there are a couple of cards in your list that you don't necessarily need like, Implement of Examination is a little slow, Padeem you could get away with a one of, Authority of the Consuls Might be useless in some matchups, If your looking for T4 Approach you might be able to cut to 23 lands. Also Possibly Some card advantage. Opt and Glimmer of Genius are good at that. I realize tht if you add all those cards it woud just be a normal approach deck, so don't add all of them. I'm just trying to help so at least consider some of the cards. And sorry for my extra long comment. Again, It a really cool idea and you get a well deserved upvote from me!

taq on My Unoriginal Izzet Aggro Deck

1 week ago

I'm finding that Slip Through Space and Vapor Snag are excellent changes to the deck. I actually had just recently taken out Slip Through Space in hopes that the flashback from Artful Dodge would be useful, but the deck is typically fast enough not to need it and card draw is better.

Also finding that Dive Down can be a suitable replacement for Apostle's Blessing and even Manamorphose. I don't miss taking out Essence Scatter and Spell Pierce. Keeping Negate in the sideboard, but I never seem to swap it in.

Still undecided on Temur Battle Rage, I have had at least one game where I could have had a potential turn 3 win combo had there been one more mana, but I do find that getting trample is super useful when up against a deck with a lot of small creatures (like goblins).

Also considering whether or not Spellskite could be a worthwhile addition.

Still playing around - any more suggestions are welcome. I don't have a huge budget, so no Jace or anything :)

Aileesan on Mono Blue Mill Deck.

1 week ago

I also love cards like Mist-Cloaked Herald with cards like Navigator's Ruin. I feel like Curious Obsession is a great card, and pairs well with Mist-Cloaked Herald, but I think it takes too long to get Navigator's Ruin and Fraying Sanity off.

Expel from Orazca is great, but doesn't pair with getting your opponents to lose cards. You might want to consider replacing this with some Compelling Argument instead

I also think it might be worth looking into Baral, Chief of Compliance, and adding in some of the counter cards (like Essence Scatter, Disallow, Negate).I have personally found it almost not worth putting a card in if you only put one copy in. I feel like I would take The Immortal Sun out and replace it with another Kefnet's Monument, or remove them both and replace them with some counter cards.

Snivy__ on Favorable Pirates ($25 Budget Tempo)

1 week ago

I've been thinking of a sideboard for this deck and I've come up with some ideas:

Silent Gravestone or Sentinel Totem against The Scarab God, BR/MonoB Aggro, and other graveyard strategies.

Full playset of Unsummon against flyer-heavy decks and big flyers such as Angel of Invention or The Locust God.

2 more Hope of Ghirapur against control strategies, my brother used one against my Approach with his Mardu Vehicles and prevented me from casting it to win.

Maybe a couple copies of Ceremonious Rejection against decks using a lot of artifacts.

Maybe Essence Scatter against creature heavy decks and Negate against control decks

Jace's Defeat could come in handy against the Grixis/UB/UR/UG decks in the meta (which is quite a lot)

Supreme Will might work against control-heavy strategies and midrange decks

If you could create a good sideboard for this deck, try using these cards and it might turn out to be game-changing!

tjt on Torturous Intentions

1 week ago

I've been thinking Essence Scatter?

Argy on Esper GPG

1 week ago

I can see a lot of issues with this deck.

I'm not surprised that you are being overrun by Aggro decks. You don't have much of an early game. Just lots of early Creatures that aren't particularly effective, and hardly any removal.

Fatal Push should be four copies.

You are in some of the best colours here, and your spells should reflect that.

Things like Essence Scatter, and Thopter Arrest will slow your Aggro Opponents down.

Put Fumigate in the Sideboard rather than Bontu's Last Reckoning.

Take out all but two Gate to the Afterlife and put at least another two God-Pharaoh's Gift in the deck.

If you only have one God-Pharaoh's Gift then all your Opponent has to do is put it in your Graveyard, then Exile your Graveyard, and you can kiss that sucker goodbye.

With so many copies of Abrade, and so much Graveyard hate running around, that isn't hard to do.

Some copies of Refurbish would also help.

I'd like to see Dusk Legion Zealot replaced with the woefully underused Metalspinner's Puzzleknot. It gives better draw options, and you can sac it to turn Revolt on for Fatal Push.

I don't think Seekers' Squire or Trophy Mage are that good. You need less Creatures in a Gift deck. Replace them with removal, or just plain old counter spells like Disallow.

I do understand that you are using Creatures that are nice for God-Pharaoh's Gift to bring back from the Graveyard, but if you run out of time to cast the Gift, they won't be very effective.

You need more Non-Creature spells to let you make it to the late game.

multimedia on U/W Approach (RIX block 2018)

1 week ago

Hey, Essence Scatter into Glimmer of Genius is a very good line right now in Standard I suggest adding more Scatter and Glimmer. Glimmer is busted with Torrential. Consider adding 2x more Scatter and 2x more Glimmer cutting 2x Countervailing Winds and 2x Supreme Will?

Champion of Wits seems out of place because you don't want to really tap out to play it. Consider adding 3-4x Cast Out cutting Wits? The cycling of Cast makes it is a very good control card. If moving Cast to main deck then consider adding 2x more Negate to the sideboard? Think of Cast as Vraska's Contempt it's how you deal with The Scarab God and Rekindling Phoenix at instant speed very much needed especially if these creatures aren't Scattered.

Regal Caracal is a nice card to have in Aggro matchups I suggest adding 2x Caracal to the sideboard. In some matchups such as Tokens or Golgari/Sultai Constrictor you'll want another Fumigate. I suggest adding 1x more Fumigate to the sideboard. I think you can choose one of Azor or Nezahal. I don't think you need to play both. You want either in Control matchups therefore I think Nezahal is the better card because it can't be countered.

If I was to choose a core, the most important cards for Azorius Control it would be:

  • 4x Scatter
  • 4x Glimmer
  • 4x Cast

Summary of my suggestions.

Consider adding main deck:

Consider cutting:

  • 2x Winds
  • 2x Will
  • 3x Wits
  • 1x Azor

Consider adding sideboard:

Consider cutting:

  • 2x Cast
  • 1x Pull
  • 1x Slaughter
  • 1x Farm

Good luck with your deck and at the PPTQ.

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