Essence Scatter


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Frontier Legal
Vintage Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Pioneer Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Noble Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Brawl Legal
Standard Legal
Arena Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vanguard Legal
Leviathan Legal
Planechase Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Modern Legal
Pauper Legal
Pauper EDH Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Casual Legal
Oathbreaker Legal

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Set Rarity
Core Set 2019 (M19) Common
Duel Decks: Merfolk vs. Goblins (DDT) Common
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.

Essence Scatter Discussion

1324J5 on Noob Izzet First Deck

1 month ago

You could probably get more effective use out of Cancel or Essence Scatter rather than giving the creatures back to them. If you really want any of your friends to not like the deck you could also go for more outright control like Counterspell . If you did want something pioneer friendly Sinister Sabotage is a good option which also gives some control over your next turn.

Argy on Pioneer Turbo Mill

1 month ago

Sorry mate, I keep having more thoughts the more I test against this deck.

I would also put some Disallow and maybe some Essence Scatter in your Sideboard.

I am convinced that Disallow is better than Dissolve due to the ability to counter any, well, ability.

Dependent on the deck, of course. Some decks would rather Scry a card away - yours might be one.

Essence Scatter will stop things like Walking Ballista

Proposed Sideboard

4x Disallow
3x AEtherspouts
3x Invasive Surgery
3x Essence Scatter
2x Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger

Then adjust based on local meta.

Keep Turn Aside in mind if people keep destroying your stuff.

x12721 on Jeskai-ing to Meet You

1 month ago
- 2x Chandra, Awakened Inferno - 4x Devious Cover-Up - Sinister Sabotage - 4x Oath of Teferi - Everything except maybe Ixalan's Binding and possibly a copy of AEtherize from the sideboard.
- You want 24-26 lands for a control deck. Unless you want to go faster, in which case you need to completely change what kind of counterspells you're running. Field of Ruin is super good to deal with a flipped Azcanta and similar. - Essence Scatter and Negate / Dovin's Veto . Mana cost is everything, at the cost of utility. - Absorb against Burn, Render Silent vs Control - Teferi, Hero of Dominaria is one of the best walkers ever. - Chandra, Torch of Defiance would be better in a more burn-centric deck as well. - I've found that Blessed Alliance is an amazingly versatile card against Bogles, Burn, and even control (sometimes) - Disenchant . Need I say more? - Cyclonic Rift is legal in this format. - Dig Through Time / Treasure Cruise are some of the best spells available in this format (inb4 the bans), but it may be difficult to support the heavy Delve requirements. - Detention Sphere is probably better than Intervention. - The Sulfur Falls cycle to complement your shocklands

Argy on Draw-Go! Pioneer Style

1 month ago

Righteo, then. Here we go!

Just checking that you know the second time Approach of the Second Sun is cast, it must resolve in order to win the game. A lot of people don't realise that and get a nasty surprise when it is countered, and they don't win.

This deck absolutely creams my Cast a Shadow [Pioneer] deck, which is set up primarily to deal with Creature decks.

It struggles against my Monothopters [Pioneer] deck, which is a lot more aggressive.

Aggressive decks will be this deck's downfall. To that end, I think you need to get your curve a bit lower. You can do that by building a Sideboard.

Some spells you might want to consider for it are:

The other way to go beside this is to use spells like Syncopate or Spell Pierce , to counter early spells of any kind.

Hope that helps.

Caerwyn on Blue Ocean Control

1 month ago

Casual is a pretty difficult format to offer feedback for, since the metagame varied widely from table to table. To that end, I am going to try and offer advice that fits with the theme of this deck--the Blue Ocean. So, while it might be fair to say something like Judge's Familiar would be an upgrade to Cursecatcher , it would not work flavorfully, so I will not be making those suggestions.

To start, I do not think you need four copies of Pearl Lake Ancient . Strong as High Tide can be from a ramp stance, you're not going to be able to ramp into casting two Ancients in the same turn as your High Tides. Frankly, I do not think you have enough payoffs to really justify running High Tide , and you might want to focus instead on removal, counters, and card-draw. I would replace all four copies with two copies of the much better Nezahal, Primal Tide .

You are in Casual, which gives you freedom to run whatever counterspells you want. Rather than running Negate and Essence Scatter , both of which are conditional, consider running the classic Counterspell and Mana Leak .

Opt and Brainstorm are both great budget-friendly cards that can be cast during your opponent's turn to boost Brazen Borrower .

You do not quite have the high enough density of instant/sorcery cards (or fetch lands) to really make it shine, but Treasure Cruise is still an incredibly powerful card, worthy of a slot or two.

Long-Finned Skywhale is pretty mediocre, being a 4/3 for 4 that can't even block all the time. Tempest Djinn would be a good replacement--you can cast it as a 3/4 flier on turn 3, and it only gets bigger from there.

Hope some of this helps!

dogeconomics on Deck Quality Control

1 month ago

Hello friends,

(Disclaimer: My first post, so let me know if I need to make edits.)

Could anyone provide some feedback on my two decks? I’m getting back into this after 15 years. Yay. For now this is just for casual play. I don’t mind spending a few dollars, just not many dollars. Thanks for stopping by and for any and all help!

Blue Ocean Deck

Blue White Drakes

kamarupa on Budget(ish) Modern Elemental Tribal

2 months ago

With 3 colors, it will be harder for you to decide what to cut than it will to find means of dealing with big creatures. I suggest you start adding responses to you sideboard for starters, and after a bit of testing, you can work an appropriate number of copies into your mainboard. 31 is a lot of creatures. You can probably afford to cut up to 6 and still be pretty creature heavy.

With blue, you can 1) counterspell threats with budget stuff like Mana Leak , Essence Scatter , etc. You should try to choose such a spell on effectiveness and versatility. 2) bounce threats back to opponent's hands after they lose summoning sickness with things like Vapor Snag , or Void Snare . These options are easier to cheaper to cast, but aren't as permanent. Similar and more fun, there's stuff like Turn to Frog and Polymorphist's Jest which can be very effective after opponent's Declare Attackers phase. 3) Fight their creatures with stuff like Prey Upon . This option is great if you have a creature with deathtouch. 4) Destroy their creature (or anything else) with Beast Within . There's also Pongify , but that's less useful and more pricey. 5) Enchant their creatures into non-threats with stuff like Lignify or Imprisoned in the Moon .

There's also always Fog , which can set you up for lethal backswing and shouldn't be underestimated.

So you have a lot of options.

Sorin_Markov_1947 on blue conterspells

2 months ago

Why Cancel ? There are better counterspells out there. If you want a catch-all counterspell, the real counterspell is a mana cheaper, or you could go with Sinister Sabotage , or use a combination of Quench (although that's not great late-game which is what this deck likes), Essence Scatter / Capture , and Negate . Cancel is just one of the worst ones out there.

That sounds really critical, but this deck isn't horrible. I do think it's very slow for modern though, even with delaying your opponent with counterspells, you're going to get overrun before your deck gets up to operating speed. Try and find some more ramp or some cheap blockers like Fog Bank (although not actually Fog Bank . Too limited).

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Essence Scatter occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.01%

Blue: 0.14%


All decks: 0.03%


All decks: 0.19%