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Recently, I asked a couple of my friends: Aside from the ridiculously priced Power 9 cards, what is the BEST Magic card to ever be printed? We all had our opinions, but this got me thinking what everyone else thought was their all-time best card.
However, for ease and accuracy, I'd like to put in a few rules:
1. While people may have "favourite" cards, I'd prefer it if we avoid that and choose what they personally think is the BEST card.
2. If you cannot pick a single card, you may PREFERENCE up to 3 cards.
3. If you vote for a Mox colour, you vote for all Mox.
4. No Ante cards. E.G Contract from Below , Jeweled Bird .
5. No basic land cards.
I'll tally the votes up as we go every so often and keep track of the progress.
NOTE: Some preference voting may be omitted.
Well, I just so happen to have a spare PROMO Wurmcoil Engine up for grabs. I've also got some Feature Tokens on the T/O website. So I'm thinking of doing it like this:
1ST PRIZE: PROMO Wurmcoil Engine
, a Feature Token to the deck of your choice.
2ND PRIZE: A Feature Token to the deck of your choice.
3RD PRIZE: Uhh... Your name written up so you can show of the glory off being 3rd?
So how do I acquire this free goodness, you ask?
Well, all you have to do is +1 this "deck". Yep, thats it. On the 12th of May I will draw out the names of winners - which I will do by numbering each person accordingly to the list of users who have liked the "deck" and using this random number generator to draw out the winners.
Spellskite. It is a 0/4 for 2 that redirects spells. It sets up mid to late game protection if you don't want to waste a counter, it kills RDW, it holds off fast hitting aggro, it redirects creature enchantments like Angelic Destiny and while good in control, it fits in any deck! Thats my vote!
1) user:Jace,%20the%20Mindsculptor - This guy is the epitome of continuous card advantage. His "menu" of ability options will always be relevant turn after turn. He can even win the game by himself if gone unchecked. This is also the only real planeswalker to be used in eternal formats. That is really saying something. His overall use in the past standard and eternal formats prove his worth and reliability. You'll most likely run these in any blue deck.
2) Tarmogoyf - He's a monster in his own right. I love how it is in actuality just a beatstick. It's 1G for a 2/3 and up. He doesn't really do much besides being a very aggressively costed creature. His 100$ price tag my still indicate that he's still one of the best creatures in Magic history, if not the best.
I guess being OP, I'd better put my opinion in too.
Force of Will. Its a staple amongst Legacy/Vintage - with good reason. Being able to counter something for no mana with fairly little drawback is amazing. Not to mention the artwork is pretty cool and interesting as its predominantly red for such a blue-flavoured card.
Right then in my opinion the best card is Sensei's Divining Top this bad boy was printed UNCOMMON!!!! and now is like 15 and a must have in all formats it is legal, its is near impossible to get rid of and it gives you a nice way to organize your deck and pick out what you want or fetch that specific colour land you need. also its cost of 1 colourless to cast and use is insanely cheap. it literally fits in any deck and i love this card. if i had enough of them theyd b in every one of my edh decks! :-)
il give a second too. Demonic Tutor this think is insanely good, one and black casting cost is mega cheap for a tutor with no draw back and no reveal of the card one black is easy to get even when splashed and the fact that it enables silly combos to happen much more efficiently breaks games alone. yesterday as an example opening hand in an edh game has Demonic Tutor and Genesis Wave and some land. so i keep it play a while play lands get a few bits and bobs some land fetch then i tutor for a Mana Reflection turn later i play Genesis Wave where x is 20 land a Sarkhan Vol and loads of huge dragons along with In the Web of War GG 5 player edh game your all dead INSANE shizzle happended because Demonic Tutor very cheaply ignored random chance and let me simply win (sorry for the long explanation!!)
Scratch another point up for Mr. Jace, the Mind Sculptor. I don't think I've ever lost a game where I resolved a Jace, and even if he died shortly afterwards, you're still so far ahead by that time that the game is pretty much over.
This poll is assuming none of us are going to include Black Lotus, correct? Because that card is, in fact, the best card ever printed.
Another vote for Tinker -- that shit's so broken, especially with the wealth of huge, deadly artifact creatures, and abilities like Master Transmuter or Venser, the Sojourner to bounce them for additional ETB effects. So, so early on.
By that same token, if I were to make another category for land, Tolarian Academy is awfully awesome. :)
Since my fav dude, Emrakul, the Aeons Torn is taken, my second favorite card of all time is Primeval Titan. Reminds me of Force of Nature on crack lol. I mean, he can fetch ANY lands and if you have Amulet of Vigor and a Lotus Cobra or two out, man, SERIOUS ramp!!! Third favorite is Wurmcoil Engine. Just an awesome card that can go in any deck. Yep.
Well it looks like we are a little low on lands for this deck and one of the most powerful lands is one that was just recently spoiled in Avacyn Restored. Cavern of Souls is great! You want your Eldrazi, Preators, or Giants (Titans) to hit without fear of counter magic... just tap this card and all of your worries are gone!
Emrakul, the Aeons Torn. In every format it is or has been legal in, it warped the way the format worked and played out. As it stands, it wins Legacy tournaments on a regular basis. It IS the strongest card ever printed. There's simply no arguing over that fact.
But as for the BEST card ever printed, I'd go with Jace, the Mind Sculptor. He brought on the first Standard banning in over 5 years, was automatically banned from Modern without even a chance, and regularly (and single-handedly) wins Legacy tournaments. He was the most expensive Standard card ever printed and remains to be the most expensive card printed in the last 5 or 6 years. He Brainstorms for +2, erases threats for -1, Fateseal-locks your opponent into automatic defeat, annihilates the game-state with his ultimate, and does all of these things for the simply cost of 2UU.
Broken in every essence of the word. Also, the best card ever printed.
Is this "best" as in "most powerful" or "best" as in, utterly perfectly designed wicked awesome?
I'm going to assume the former and just say Skullclamp. Never before has such a cute, innocent-looking little uncommon piece of 1-mana equipment been so dirty that it rolls in mud and atomic waste for its appetizer. And it's so cute!
Here are what I think are the top 7,8 of all time.
There some awesome standard cards, but none of the standard cards compare to the ones in my top 7.
Also Jace M S would be # 9, he is slightly just barely overated as far as being considered the 1 of the best cards of all time.
He will come out turns 2.3., which may seem semi fast. But the reality is that he will either get milled, discarded, before he comes out, or he will be countered, or he will be destroyed, bounced, killed immediatly after he comes out.
Being the 39 or 10 card of all time as JMS is or should be, is nothing to snide at. JMS is extremely powerful, and is very useful and is in almost every blue deck that its legal for him to be in.
That said JMS cant hold the jock strap of FOW, channel, Ancestral recall.
My favorite card is Jokulhaups, but since we are doing the best cards....
By far the best card ever printed was Force of Will. It even shows by the play value.
The next best card is Cavern of Souls. This card is going to be a major force in MANY decks here to come. It even makes goblins viable in legacy. That's a plus.
The third best card is probably Mana Drain. This card is nuts.
Recently got into RDW-esque decks and AVR didn't disappoint. Here's my top 3:
3) Mogg War Marshal He's only a common, but elicits a groan from my friends whenever I play him because he usually sets up a....
2) Goblin Grenade 5 damage? Count me in. Sac a Goblin? Eh, they're cheap. For a single red mana?! Sounds legit. This baby has won me multiple Modern matches, including one game where I dropped 3 in the same turn.
1) Thunderous Wrath I like the look of Miracle and a miracle Goblin Grenade (sans sacrifice) floats my boat pretty well. Collecting foils if anyone has them about.
In no particular order...
Hmm. So hard to pick a "Best" card. Let's see. (avoiding all of the Clearly broken cards. Jace, i'm looking at you.)
Since broken stuff like Jace and other format staples have been covered I'd like to nominate:
1) Golgari Grave-Troll. King of dredge, no questions.
2) Dread Return. Again, dredge staple, enables manaless decks.
3) Yawgmoth's Will. Shouldn't need an introduction. Powers out silly combos (twice) all day long.
For those of you that have been playing for a while all I would like to say is there is a reason they called it the "black summer" for those of you who don't remember ice age standard Google it. They named a time of year around a card. Now that's what I called broken.
I feel that any card that can find its way on the the vintage restricted list would be a serious contender for the best MTG card ever.
Tinker is for me, one of the more ridiculous ones. Although it is only in today's time that we see how truly broken it is. Consider turn 1 Island,Mana Crypt and then cast Tinker sacrificing the Mana Crypt and searching Blightsteel Colossus. Phenomenal power.
Platinum Emperion!! Whenever he hits the table, if he isn't taken care of right away, all of my opponents groan! Also Pelakka Wurm and Engulfing Slagwurm. They are hated so much by the people I play with because of me. Concerted Effort is also very amazing! I've also found that I'm increasingly using Sundial of the Infinite in all of my decks because it's so amazingly good!
I don't play much other than Standard and I've only been playing magic since the Shards block, so for that reason my choices are more recent:
Snapcaster Mage: Flashback is rediculous on cards that weren't meant to be flashed-back.
Jace, the Mind Sculptor: the most rediculous planeswalker ever printed and there was a time when he was in every blue deck for obvious reasons.
Dismember: iffy, but giving any color removal capability really gets rid of black advantage.
I can't decide between:1. Tinker for reasons explained above.2. Arcbound Ravager When he was in standard his deck dominated and even still in modern this deck sees a lot of play and a lot of wins. I love this card so much. So powerful.3. Gaea's Cradle Produces rediculous amounts of mana. Amazing.
I just read you wanted some opinions as to why we pick our "best card".
Well, Shahrazad is just one of THOSE cards, you know? It's an "oh crap!" kind of card that must be answered to. It also has a nearly completely unique ability (the only other card that comes close to it is Karn Liberated), and you know if you had one you'd be itching to cast that baby (along with a few Twincasts, of course).
Also, I really like the flavor. Anybody who has read the Arabian Nights should know who Shahrazad was, and how she'd tell the vile sultan a story every night, making stories within stories within stories. All in all, it's one of the few cards in Magic I give a 10/10 across the board.
Emrakul, the Aeons Torn to me is the single best card in the game. While not only being the largest single creature in the game at a 15/15, (marit lage being the largest token creature being a 20/20 but has to be cast with Dark Depths) but it is the most game breaking creature in the game. Annihilator 6 causes them to sacrifice 6 permanents every time you attack. And it give you another turn after you cast it. No other creature cards that I know of have the same ability. It cant be targeted by any colored spells at all as well as cant be countered. If you successfully play this card during a game, it will undoubtedly be over in the next turn or next 2 turns if they have life gain or extra tokens. The only draw back is the mana cost but if you make decks dedicated to it, you can get him out on turn 4 using some Elvish Piper or Quicksilver Amulet or hard cast it as early as turn 4-6 hard casting it using mana ramp combos. It really is the single most terrifying card to ever see come onto the field against you.
A slightly more practical card that is my second choice is Baneslayer Angel. Giving you a 10 life difference on you opponent if it is not blocked. 5/5 flying, lifelink, and firstrike, and protection from dragons and demons all for 5 cmc. Now thats a very effective card for its mana cost.
My last pick for best card in the game is Mother of Runes. Instant protection for any of your creatures from any color all for 1 mana. That amount of protection leads to being able to have one of your creatures to attack right through any mono colored deck. It also negates any single color of control for a full turn. You can get this card out on turn one and keep it there and it can protect itself or any of your other creatures. Very fun.
Sac lotus and memnite to cast Tinker searching up Blightsteel Colossus. Cast Reckless Charge on the colossus and attack for 14 poison counters. Obviously hard to pull off because of restrictions, but you can't ignore a 4-card t1 win combo!
Necropotence. Hands down. Made for silly combos in standard, and is super fun in EDH. And the bonus is, it is amazing! I can't think of a single time drawing a necro is a bad draw.
Rishadan Port. Come on now, who doesn't love a land that says no to other lands every turn? Fun, and again, gamebreaking.
Bloodbraid Elf. Again, not a time he/she would be a bad draw. And in any well curved / aggro deck, it is fantastically devastating. 2 spells for 1 cost is always good I've heard..
im goin with Smallpox. I know it seems stupid but guys, this card is fucking underrated. Its a Geth's Verdict (for those who play standard), while killing a land of theirs and making them discard a card. Now, i know it does shit to you so thats why you play cards like Gravecrawler and Black Cat and Geralf's Messenger so that you dont mind saccing creatures. Thats all for just two swamp. Guys, this is my favorite by far and is totally underated. It has singlehandedly made it possible for me to win games that i was fucked on. Smallpox is the da bomb guys, so yea
thats my rant!
add me plz!
good luck to all,
I think I have to rank them because there are a lot of great cards.
I can't belive that no one has pointed out BY FAR THE BEST CARD EVER PRINTED. This card has been printed in every set of magic ever and is an enabler for things such as Brainstorm, Ponder, Jace, the Mind Sculptor, AND Snapcaster Mage let me introduce you to
1# card in magic: Island
Daze has my vote, it's better Mental Misstep because 1) you don't have to lose life to cast it 2) It doesn't matter what the CVC of the countered card is, and the Island you return to your hand doesn't even have to be untapped, you can (for example) turn one Ponder and still be able to counter your opponents turn one spell. Another example of Daze's greatness is that if you're tapped out and unable to cast your traditional counterspells, you're still able to counter any spells that your opponent taps out to cast, as long as you have an Island. Being able to spend all of my available mana and then being able to counter my opponent's Jace, the Mind Sculptor is pretty amazing.
gotta be Mossbridge Troll. seriously a 25/25 that is super hard to kill. can u beat a 5/5 especially with board sweepers like day of judgment. So many people laugh at this but screw you guys, swing with a 25/25. BEST GREEN FATTY EVER! It's funny because it is super fat in the picture
If I were to pick 3 of the most overpowered magic cards ever printed my list would look like this... (in no particular order)
1.) Jace, the Mind Sculptor: As its been stated in previous posts this card does SO many different things for blue at once that he's the ultimate card advantage swiss army knife. His popularity among the pros speaks for his power.
2.) Force of Will: This card single handedly defines the most brutal, expensive, aggressive format there is. If you aren't running a playset of Force of Will odds are you probably aren't going to win.
3.) Sensei's Divining Top: This one might have been questionable as "most powerful card ever printed" a month ago. But with miracle cards being announced I suspect that the infamous top will be banned from the rest of the formats that it is currently allowed in. This card rivals the great Jace, the Mind Sculptor in how powerful its ability to dig into your deck is.
1 surgical extraction. (oh you forced willed me? that's ok let me see how many do you have...)2 force of will. (duh)3 place is split whit oath of druids ( oh nice little bird do you have... it's my turn? so let's triguer oath of druids ability and oh my a blightsteel colossus. ) AND stasis. ok she has a nasty upkeep cost. but ho played against it must remember the pain it was. and today 7 or 8 years after the first turbo stasis deck i guess a deck with it can dominate the laegacy format. and by the way i beat 2 power nines with my turbo istasis deck (with out kismet)
I'm going to have to go with...
1, Phyrexian Metamorph- he copies any big creature threat on the battlefield and can even copy a devastating equipment or Annoying artifact.
For pure nostalgia I have to say the Serra Angel gets my first vote.
Looking at the card now she's not all that great, but when I was 12 it was the game changing ultimate zOMG moment of countless casual matches with my buddies.
Add in the Slayers' Stronghold to haste it and is a fun rouge deck.
My $0.02 for 5 awesome cards.
My personal favorite power cards are as follows:
Back in the old days, Word of Command was the king card to have when playing black. Play any one spell of opponents choosing targets and mana tapped. Fireball a players own creatures.
Better is Balance. Evens out the playing field if you are getting the shaft. But really gives it to you if you have more land than a single opponent.
I think the best though has to be Nevinyrral's Disk. Resets the battlefield to a clean slate. Even gives your opponent a 1 round warning, but is great to have out as a threat if the battlefield gets too one-sided against you.
I've honestly been able to pull off so many combos with this it wasn't even funny.
(note: Was a vintage deck played on Cockatrice. Yes I realize the hand had an EXTREMELY low chance of ever turning out like that considering you have a 1 in 60 chance for two of the essentials...BUT STILL)
I saw this deck within minutes of it being posted, and instantly I knew it would be the top-rated deck. Then I nearly forgot to post! STG, this is a cool idea and thanks for your generosity. If you ever do more of these contests, I would personally be interested in seeing one that asks for the best card at a single rarity (common, uncommon, rare, mythic).
In a vacuum, my vote has to go to Jace, the Mind Sculptor. He provides such an overwhelming advantage. I nearly gave Force of Will my vote, but I think JTMS has the edge since the freshly-printed Cavern of Souls takes a ton of power away from Force.
May 7, 2012
Hey, thank you. It means a lot (:
Its hardly much of a prize really, but y'know, I love this site and its got such good people, felt like something nice to do back in return - whilst also being pretty fun and interesting to do.
Also maybe I will do more competitions like this in future. Perhaps I will do that idea next, thank you for your suggestion. :D
I was also thinking of perhaps doing a Best Artwork vote too.
I'll have to be on the lookout for something better for a prize next time around. (:
My first number I rolled, was 104, so the 1st Prize winner who gets the Promo Wurmcoil Engine is...
Congratulations! I'll contact you about your shipping address so I can send you your card, and assignment of a feature token for your deck. (:
2nd Prize winner of a free feature token goes to No. 20, meaning the winner is...
And now, for the esteemed 3rd Prize winner, who gets nothing but the glory of being 3rd... Goes to No. 267. Congratulations...
Thank to everyone for casting your votes towards the Best MTG Card of All Time. I'll be starting a new competition and poll shortly, as soon as I can find a worthwhile prize pool for next time. I promise this next one will have better prizes. :3
I don't know how much support this will get from everyone else, but Opposition would have to be the ultimate "control" card. Unless it's dealt with, it basically says that you decide what abilities your opponent can use, what lands they can tap for mana, which creatures they can use to attack, which they use to defend, and even more. I think I'll tap my Storm Crow during your main phase to lock down your Emrakul, the Aeons Torn . I think I'll do that all day.
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