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Library of Alexandria
: Add to your mana pool.
: Draw a card. Play this ability only if you have exactly seven cards in hand.
Library of Alexandria Discussion
4 days ago
Here's some thoughts on it:
Unban: Ancestral Recall , Balance the Moxes, Biorhythm , Braids, Cabal Minion , Coalition Victory , Primeval Titan , Sway of the Stars , Erayo, Soratami Ascendant , Library of Alexandria , Recurring Nightmare , Emrakul, the Aeons Torn , Griselbrand , Prophet of Kruphix and Tolarian Academy
All of these cards are strong, but there's so many answers to them now that they can all easily be beaten. Also if someone successfully casts any of the big stuff on there without someone countering it or somehow stopping whatever degenerate thing they're doing with that card, they deserve to win probably. All of them have answers outside of removal as well, such as methods to slow them down or steal their draws.
Ban: all other cards on the banlist, Stasis
All the other cards ruin games pretty much, or at least are just completely annoying. Stasis doesn't really have an answer past enchantment destruction currently, unlike the cards I said above.
1 month ago
Just for reference, this is the entire ban list for oathbreaker.
Ad Nauseam , Ancestral Recall , Balance , Biorhythm , Black Lotus , Channel , Doomsday , Emrakul, the Aeons Torn , Expropriate , Fastbond , Gifts Ungiven , Griselbrand , High Tide , Library of Alexandria , Limited Resources , Lion's Eye Diamond , Mana Crypt , Mana Geyser , Mana Vault , Mox Emerald , Mox Jet , Mox Pearl , Mox Ruby , Mox Sapphire , Natural Order , Painter's Servant , Panoptic Mirror , Primal Surge , Primeval Titan , Recurring Nightmare , Saheeli, the Gifted , Sol Ring , Sundering Titan , Sway of the Stars , Sylvan Primordial , Time Vault , Time Walk , Tinker , Tolarian Academy , Tooth and Nail , Trade Secrets , Upheaval , Worldfire , and Yawgmoth's Bargain .
4 months ago
ive got an altered Library of Alexandria if thats of interest. whats the condition on the orb?
4 months ago
Draw 1 for 1 mana... like Opt is not super broken.
The card token is just that: a token that acts like a card in your hand. It doesn't do anything. It has no abilities. There's no type or mana cost or anything.
What it 'does' I make you appear to have four 'cards' in your hand instead of three. You can discard it to Ravenous Rats , Merfolk Looter or whatever. It boosts toys like Ivory Tower or Library of Alexandria or something to that effect. If it's the only thing if your library you can draw it and not die. A card token has no intrinsic use, but it can be used by effects that use 'cards' in your hand. That's all.
5 months ago
reaper527 It is universally useful. It's constant draw in every deck in edh.
To say that not too many people would be affected is really naive. You can say the same thing about the rarity of The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale , but I myself have seen and held one in my hand, and have played with it many times.
The fact is, no matter how situational, if you are building an edh deck that doesn't have Library of Alexandria in it, then you are building the deck wrong. Its use might be conditional, but its an extremely powerful card even in 100-card singleton. The ability to draw an extra card every turn would make some already hard decks to beat even harder, and frankly, I understand the reason why it's banned.
Ultimately, the decision would be up to the oversight committee on bans/unbans. But I feel like if something as practical at face value as Primeval Titan is banned, something as powerful as Library of Alexandria will be too.
5 months ago
Stardragon: when Hi_diddly_ho_neighbor stated a "format where you always draw on the first turn", i don't think he was talking about the draw coming from Library of Alexandria . i think he was referring to the fact that in a game with 3+ people, the person who goes first gets a normal draw for their first turn.
5 months ago
There is a fair amount of subjectivity when it comes to EDH bannings. However, Library of Alexandria is absolutely busted in a format where you always draw on the first turn. The person going first gets a massive advantage. Not only do they have the play advantage and the mana advantage (obviously ramp changes this), but with Library they now have card advantage over the rest of the table. Furthermore, it's pretty easy to set up a scenario where you can abuse this card.
PlatinumOne, my guess is IAmTheWraith is referring to the recent statistical analysis conducted by The CommandZone where they found a negative correlation between win rate and a T1 Sol Ring . Now there are some serious questions about the validity of their analysis, but they did find some interesting results regardless.
5 months ago
To answer your other question--the reserve list has nothing to do with power level. The reserve list was created to preserve the rarity of certain cards for collectors. The original reserve list was:
Alpha and Beta cards that had not yet been in Fourth Edition or Ice Age.
Uncommons and rares from Arabian Nights and Antiquities that had not been reprinted with a white border.
All rares from Legends and The Dark that had not been reprinted with a white border.
There have been some changes since then, but that gives you a general idea of the considerations behind the list.
Also, just to put it in perspective, Library of Alexandria is also banned in Legacy and Restricted in Vintage. It's a pretty solid card.
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