- 1x Arcbound Ravager
- 2x Baneslayer Angel
- 1x Birds of Paradise
- 2x Bloodbraid Elf
- 1x Dark Confidant
- 2x Delver of Secrets Flip
- 2x Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite
- 1x Elvish Piper
- 4x Emrakul, the Aeons Torn
- 1x Golgari Grave-Troll
- 1x Grave Titan
- 1x Guiltfeeder
- 1x Hero of Bladehold
- 1x Knight of the Reliquary
- 1x Lorthos, the Tidemaker
- 1x Meddling Mage
- 1x Mossbridge Troll
- 1x Mother of Runes
- 1x Myr Welder
- 1x Ob Nixilis, the Fallen
- 1x Phyrexian Metamorph
- 6x Phyrexian Obliterator
- 2x Platinum Emperion
- 1x Primeval Titan
- 1x Progenitus
- 1x Puresteel Paladin
- 1x Rofellos, Llanowar Emissary
- 1x Scalpelexis
- 1x Scavenging Ooze
- 2x Serra Angel
- 1x Sliver Queen
- 8x Snapcaster Mage
- 1x Spellskite
- 1x Stoneforge Mystic
- 4x Tarmogoyf
- 1x The Mimeoplasm
- 1x Vampire Nighthawk
- 1x Vesuvan Doppelganger
- 1x Wolfir Silverheart
- 7x Ancestral Recall
- 6x Brainstorm
- 1x Commandeer
- 3x Counterspell
- 4x Dark Ritual
- 1x Daze
- 1x Dismember
- 1x Doom Blade
- 1x Entomb
- 2x Flash
- 18x Force of Will
- 9x Lightning Bolt
- 6x Mana Drain
- 1x Mental Misstep
- 1x Mirrorweave
- 2x Moonmist
- 2x Surgical Extraction
- 1x Word of Command
- 1x Bitterblossom
- 1x Braid of Fire
- 1x Defense of the Heart
- 1x Doubling Season
- 1x Mana Flare
- 8x Necropotence
- 1x Oath of Druids
- 2x Oblivion Ring
- 1x Rancor
- 3x Balance
- 1x Black Sun's Zenith
- 4x Channel
- 1x Cruel Ultimatum
- 1x Damnation
- 4x Demonic Tutor
- 1x Mind Twist
- 1x Reanimate
- 1x Rite of Replication
- 1x Shahrazad
- 2x Show and Tell
- 1x Sinkhole
- 1x Smallpox
- 2x Time Walk
- 17x Tinker
- 5x Yawgmoth's Will
- 1x Candelabra of Tawnos
- 3x Coat of Arms
- 1x Door to Nothingness
- 1x Grim Monolith
- 2x Isochron Scepter
- 1x Mana Vault
- 1x Nevinyrral's Disk
- 4x Sensei's Divining Top
- 4x Skullclamp
- 7x Sol Ring
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!
April 25, 2012 10:48 a.m.
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.
April 25, 2012 10:48 a.m.
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.
April 25, 2012 10:50 a.m.
Moonmist. Every werewolf / wolf players will know why.
April 25, 2012 10:52 a.m.
Brainstorm - Draw 2, put 2 on top of your library. Works wonders with alot of cards, including fetch lands. It also does wonders with the new miracle cards!
Oblivion Ring - Deals with any nonland permanent on the field. A staple card.
April 25, 2012 10:54 a.m.
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!!)
April 25, 2012 10:59 a.m.
All Format Illegal: Contract from below.Draw 7 cards for 1 black.
Vintage Legal: Yawgmoth's willSerious argument for banning this card in vintage, see here.
April 25, 2012 11:01 a.m.
Do not be sorry for your explanation, in fact I'd prefer it if everyone had their own long opinions on their choice, haha. Gives me and everyone else more insight on cards. (:
April 25, 2012 11:02 a.m.
April 25, 2012 11:05 a.m.
, Snapcaster Mage. Of course, I'm going off of a little bit more "personal favorites," as I don't often play outside the standard environment.
April 25, 2012 11:11 a.m.
15/15 that can't be countered, take an extra turn when you cast it, and then the brutal Annihilator 6 as well as pro colored spells, makes him deadly :3 Lets not forget, he's a flyer too! Combo it with Eldrazi Conscription for even more laughs.
April 25, 2012 11:11 a.m.
Vesuvan Doppelganger - It is the best creature on the battlefield, regardless of what comes later. This was one of my first Rares I ever drew. This card is why I love Magic as much as I do.
April 25, 2012 11:16 a.m.
- Tinker, due to the fact that it will enable you to put any artifact from your library onto the battlefield for 2 mana. You could for example put a Blightsteel Colossus onto the battlefield really early.
- Show and Tell, it's almost the same thing. It's an easy way to put fattys in to play. 3 mana Emrakul, the Aeons Torn, yes please :)
April 25, 2012 11:25 a.m.
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.
April 25, 2012 11:28 a.m.
April 25, 2012 11:30 a.m.
I have to choose Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite bcause it's a constant one sided board clearer, and also boosts your own creatures.
April 25, 2012 11:42 a.m.
Necropotence. It single-handedly broke the format of the day. They have released many cards since that have tried to valence the effect but every time they do it warps the format.
April 25, 2012 11:52 a.m.
April 25, 2012 12:26 p.m.
Dismember, awesome removal which goes through indestructibility. Any deck can use it do to the phyrexian mana symbol
April 25, 2012 12:26 p.m.
Cavern of Souls, because it can make creatures uncounterable
April 25, 2012 12:32 p.m.
April 25, 2012 1:13 p.m.
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. :)
April 25, 2012 1:16 p.m.
Snapcaster Mage. One day someone WILL break it wide open.
April 25, 2012 2:03 p.m.
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.
April 25, 2012 2:14 p.m.
April 25, 2012 2:16 p.m.
Banned or restricted in every format it was in at one point due to flat-out dominance. No other card is a multi-format powerhouse quite like this one is, including casual formats like EDH.
April 25, 2012 2:20 p.m.
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!
April 25, 2012 2:25 p.m.
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.
April 25, 2012 2:28 p.m.
Anyone who played against either of these cards is going to know what I am talking about.
April 25, 2012 2:34 p.m.
Yawgmoth's Will because what is more powerful than casting any of the previously listed cards? Casting them again!
April 25, 2012 2:35 p.m.
I'll have to say Emrakul, the Aeons Torn. I've never used him personally, but every time someone uses it against me I lose. I hate the card to death, but it is simply amazing.
April 25, 2012 3:13 p.m.
April 25, 2012 3:53 p.m.
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!
April 25, 2012 4:17 p.m.
Demonic Tutor: 2 mana and you get any card in your deck without a drawback. Talk about a toolbox card.
Sol Ring: Yields an extra mana on turn 2 with no drawback.
Mind Twist: Best hand denial in the game and with some mana ramp this card can win the game alone.
April 25, 2012 4:24 p.m.
Sol Ring gives you 2 extra on your second turn, letting you spam 4-drops before most opponent play a spell.
April 25, 2012 4:26 p.m.
Mana Drain for me. Whether it's better than FoW is debatable, but the advantage it gives you is undeniable.
April 25, 2012 4:42 p.m.
Balance is the cleanest and most surefire way to crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and hear the lamentations of their women.
April 25, 2012 4:47 p.m.
Here are what I think are the top 7,8 of all time.
- Force of Will
- Ancestral Recall
- Tie between Tinker, and Show and Tell
- Emrakul Aeons Torn
- Demonic Tutor.
- Sensei's Diving Top.
There some awesome standard cards, but none of the standard cards compare to the ones in my top 7.
April 25, 2012 5:44 p.m.
Skullclamp, I love this card! Its just so good. I loved the Elfclamp decks back in Mirrodin and this was my favorite card. Its insanely powerful! You just draw crazy amounts of cards.
April 25, 2012 6:01 p.m.
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.
April 25, 2012 6:03 p.m.
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.
April 25, 2012 6:19 p.m.
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.
April 25, 2012 6:49 p.m.
Haha. Forgot Rule 1: No favorites. Best card printed? Tarmogoyf I have been on the wrong end of that thing way too many times.
April 25, 2012 6:54 p.m.
April 25, 2012 7:26 p.m.
In no particular order...
- Force of Will: A free counter... unthinkable.
- Jace, the Mind Sculptor: This card turned the meta upside down. Such a powerful card that allowed you to do a variety of things for only four mana. His ultimate is pretty much an automatic game-win, his 0 is a free Brainstorm, another one of the better cards ever printed. His +2 ramps up to his ultimate and essentially allows you to monitor and control your opponents top-deck. His -1 just gets rid of your opponents' threats, no biggie.
- Show and Tell: Simple insanity, you can drop a game-breaking creature, such as Emrakul, the Aeons Torn for three mana? I'm in.
April 25, 2012 7:59 p.m.
Elspeth, Knight-Errant arguably the best mono white planeswalker out there. Two very good +1 abilities and a crazy -8 ability.
April 25, 2012 8:23 p.m.
April 25, 2012 8:26 p.m.
Id have to go for Guiltfeeder, especially with all the self milling these days...it makes for a alright throwback!
April 25, 2012 9 p.m.
- Lightning Bolt. Maybe not the best in terms of raw power. But it is versatile and cost efficient. I am biased simply because I love burn though.
- Gaea's Cradle and Tolarian Academy are so good because as lands, we expect them to produce one mana, and maybe two with severe drawbacks. They produce amounts that are usually over two.
- Flash just breaks Protean Hulk. That combo is faster than anything known to MTG, sometimes going off turn 0 (opponent's upkeep)
April 25, 2012 9:17 p.m.
I know these aren't the best in the game, but for anyone else who plays crazy artifacts like I do, they will know why I picked:
April 25, 2012 9:19 p.m.
Hmm. So hard to pick a "Best" card. Let's see. (avoiding all of the Clearly broken cards. Jace, i'm looking at you.)
- Puresteel Paladin Allows you to equip for free as long as you have metalcraft. There is an entire genre of decks built around his mechanic.
- Myr Welder Allows you to exile an artifact in any graveyard to "steal" it's activated abilities. I have performed SO many different combos with this card as the Crux.
- Candelabra of Tawnos Instant infinite mana with any Dual-Land. Turn one genesis wave for 40? Yes please.
April 25, 2012 9:33 p.m.
Contract from Below by far. Just read the card. There is nothing better.
April 25, 2012 9:39 p.m.
Trying to avoid ante cards because its illegal in pretty much all formats.
April 25, 2012 9:41 p.m.
April 25, 2012 9:43 p.m.
I also guess for my 3rd vote, after thinking about it, Bob should be included. Dark Confidant
April 25, 2012 9:46 p.m.
April 25, 2012 10:22 p.m.
Dude, Ancestral Recall is arguably better than both of those, probably is the best card ever printed.
April 25, 2012 11:27 p.m.
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.
April 25, 2012 11:31 p.m.
Creature: Student of Warfare
Enchantment: Pyromancer Ascension
Planeswalker: Venser, the Sojourner
Non-basic Land: Valakut, the Molten Pinnacle
April 25, 2012 11:37 p.m.
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.
April 26, 2012 12:08 a.m.
I vote Island. It's so broken. Without it, you wouldn't be able to cast Jace, the Mind Sculptor, Time Walk, any multitude of counterspells, Ancestral Recall, Timetwister and the oh so powerful, Storm Crow
April 26, 2012 1:04 a.m.
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.
April 26, 2012 1:33 a.m.
I personaly only know standard cards. I'd have to say Phyrexian Obliterator , if the opponent doesn't have some sort of removal to take care of him, they're screwed. Ive had so many rage quits while playing online because of him lol.
April 26, 2012 1:38 a.m.
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!
April 26, 2012 2:13 a.m.
I vote Snapcaster Mage because not only is it very powerful, but it gives you a lot of variety and options when you play it. I have so much fun with that card. It is also as good as nearly any instant/sorcery that will ever be printed.
April 26, 2012 11:45 a.m.
April 26, 2012 12:08 p.m.
April 26, 2012 12:22 p.m.
Also, Wurmcoil Engine itself is pretty tough to deal with, if it gets out.
April 26, 2012 2 p.m.
April 26, 2012 3:55 p.m.
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.
April 26, 2012 4:22 p.m.
Wait, I thought you said no Power Nine, and yet you've listed Moxen as being votable for and people have voted for Time Walk. I could have sworn those were Power Nine.
Anyway, might have to say Necropotence for my answer.
April 26, 2012 4:37 p.m.
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.
April 26, 2012 5:26 p.m.
Hmmm. I think I have to say Blightsteel Colossus.
April 26, 2012 5:52 p.m.
Surprised nobody has mentioned Shahrazad.
Definitely a contender for best card.
I'm also surprised at a lot of the cards people have picked here.
April 26, 2012 5:53 p.m.
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.
April 26, 2012 6 p.m.
And not to mention it's one of Richard Garfields' favorite cards.
Not many cards hold that honor.
April 26, 2012 6:01 p.m.
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.
April 26, 2012 6:10 p.m.
April 26, 2012 7:07 p.m.
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!
April 26, 2012 7:17 p.m.
Oh, I meant that was what I discussed with my friends - that doesn't apply here :P
April 26, 2012 7:31 p.m.
Perhaps I SHOULD rule the Power 9 cards out?
April 26, 2012 7:46 p.m.
I didn't say it was banned for innate power. I was just saying how awesome Shahrazad is. :P
April 26, 2012 8:09 p.m.
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..
April 26, 2012 8:21 p.m.
Moonmist. Wins games, saves you, gives you huge board presence/advantage, and supplies a great combat trick.
April 26, 2012 8:32 p.m.
Progenitus 10/10 Protection from everything? Nuff' said
April 26, 2012 10:47 p.m.
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,
April 27, 2012 12:22 a.m.
I have to go with Sliver Queen
Sliver decks can be powerful and vairy greatly, but Sliver Queen makes them all better :)
April 27, 2012 1:54 a.m.
Tinker its so fun, special and powefull
Phyrexian Obliterator won me so many games especally when unexpected
April 29, 2012 4:29 a.m.
Mana Flare is by far my favorite card. Everyone has to love all of that extra mana nowadays without the consequence of mana burn :D
April 29, 2012 4:55 a.m.
I think I have to rank them because there are a lot of great cards.
- Ancestral Recall. I am a sucker for cheap cards that do simple but effective things. You get to draw 3 cards for 1 blue mana. It can just change a game.
- Necropotence. Life for cards is always a great deal and it can sometimes border on unfair. This card can accelerate you really quickly and if you have a bit of life-gain in your deck, it just gets silly.
- Mana Drain. This card is just ridiculous. In terms of cost it is one of the cheapest counter-spells at 2 blue and it is a hard counter unlike Mana Leak. Not only that but you get the casting cost of the countered card next turn.
April 29, 2012 11:38 a.m.
April 29, 2012 12:44 p.m.
April 29, 2012 1:06 p.m.
Serra Angel a 4/4 flier with vigilance for a measly 5? It is such an underrated card, and the fact that they reprinted it as an uncommon really hurts me. This card has been here from Alpha to M12. It is such a fantastic card.
April 29, 2012 2:10 p.m.
April 29, 2012 4:25 p.m.
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
April 29, 2012 5:43 p.m.
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.
April 29, 2012 6:28 p.m.
April 29, 2012 7:31 p.m.
Rofellos, Llanowar Emissary. He was banned in EDH for a reason.
April 29, 2012 10:06 p.m.
Necropotence for sure. The things you can do with that card are just absurd.
April 29, 2012 10:41 p.m.
Yawgmoth's Will is my vote. It dominated formats, is still banned in legacy, is restricted in vintage and still sees play in the current vintage meta as a win-con despite being one-of at most.
April 30, 2012 1:20 a.m.
why has no one said Isochron Scepter???
The Mimeoplasm. it has a t-rex for an arm.
April 30, 2012 2:01 a.m.
why has no one said Isochron Scepter???
The Mimeoplasm. it has a t-rex for an arm.
April 30, 2012 2:01 a.m.
April 30, 2012 3:59 a.m.
I'm going with skullclamp. It defined a whole format, and no one saw it coming.
April 30, 2012 11:57 a.m.
When he is not looking, I am gonna add 200x Mana Drain to the deck :)
April 30, 2012 2:36 p.m.
I'm glad to see the card that actually had a 6 month time span named for its format warping self is in here.
April 30, 2012 9:08 p.m.
April 30, 2012 9:24 p.m.
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
April 30, 2012 11:38 p.m.
May 1, 2012 1:56 p.m.
May 1, 2012 2:27 p.m.
Blue- PonderBlack-Dark RitualPlaneswalker- Jace, the Mind SculptorRed- DragonstormGreen- Chameleon ColossusWhite- Wrath of GodCombo- Zur's Weirding with Form of the Dragonor Platinum Angel with That from which was Taken
overall probably Bitterblossom
May 1, 2012 8:22 p.m.
May 2, 2012 12:57 a.m.
May 2, 2012 12:57 a.m.
May 2, 2012 2:01 a.m.
Sorry to derail the thread just thought this was appropriate.
May 2, 2012 2:05 a.m.
Isochron Scepter. Add Silence, Counterspell, Lightning Bolt... the possibilities are endless and very, very powerful.
May 2, 2012 6:08 a.m.
I believe the best card ever is Goblin Hero, especially the rare version! ...JK
The best card I think is Wolfir Silverheart. That card is going to be a powerhouse in standard. An 8/8 for 5, great, plus an extra 4/4 on any of your creatures, fantastic.
May 2, 2012 11:54 a.m.
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.
May 2, 2012 1:43 p.m.
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)
May 2, 2012 3:52 p.m.
You guys are all ridiculous.
I also never played, but that's just a formality.
Also, it combos incredibly well with Storm Crow.
May 2, 2012 9:09 p.m.
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.
- Venser, the Sojourner- he is breakable to the max and makes ETB cards broken by being on the battlefield. He is the epitomy of battlefield manipulation: bounce, unblockable and exile. 'nuff said!
- Phyrexian Obliterator - a HUGE beat stick for black that needs to be either countered, exiled or avoided. There aren't many other cards in standard that I fear more than an obliterator.
May 2, 2012 11:57 p.m.
Dat Necropotence first. It's the best draw engine anyone can think of.
Secondly, Force. For obvious reasons.
Tertiarily, may i suggest Doom Blade? arguably the most useful card ever.
May 3, 2012 1:01 a.m.
May 3, 2012 11:39 a.m.
I absolutely love Commandeer. Whether this is a power card or just a personal favorite, I'm not sure. What I do know is that I'll gladly exile my Brainstorm and Spell Snare to steal Jace, the Mind Sculptor from you. Or Necropotence. Or your Channel-powered Fireball.
May 3, 2012 2:42 p.m.
For the sheer fact of "Target player loses the game." Plain and simple.
May 3, 2012 9:37 p.m.
May 3, 2012 10:03 p.m.
I should've clarified more, the "other than the Power 9" cards was in reference to the conversation I had with my friends. You're allowed to vote for the Power 9 if you want to,its up to you.
May 3, 2012 11:40 p.m.
In my meta there are also a few cards worth a mention:
All cards that works well against just about anything. +1 from me :)
May 4, 2012 11:44 a.m.
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.
May 4, 2012 11:54 a.m.
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.
May 4, 2012 1:15 p.m.
May 5, 2012 3:41 p.m.
May 5, 2012 5:31 p.m.
sol ring- cheap love getting in opening hand
Cruel Ultimatum- expensive but so effective and has so many abilities
May 6, 2012 3:24 a.m.
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)
May 6, 2012 4:01 a.m.
id say Phyrexian Obliterator , Platinum Emperion and Tinker because Phyrexian Obliterator can clear your opponents field without really doing anything except block and Tinker can get out Platinum Emperion turn one and thats pretty much game right there.
May 6, 2012 5:24 a.m.
Jace really is a b****. But he's at the top, destroying standard for a couple months all by himself
May 6, 2012 11:17 a.m.
1st: Primeval Titan cause of well....landzzzz...
2nd: Rites of Replication cause EDH just wouldn't be fun without it
3rd: Birds of Paradise many memories made.
May 7, 2012 1:46 a.m.
Such a dirty way to increase your average deck rating. lol
Why did I think of this.
May 7, 2012 4:53 a.m.
There was honestly no bad intention for increasing my deck rating or anything like that, just doing it by likes is the easiest way to organize a numbered order of people.
May 7, 2012 5:56 a.m.
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 11:07 a.m.
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. (:
May 7, 2012 6:28 p.m.
Best artwork vote would be cool, I'd love to see which art other people like best.
May 7, 2012 7:43 p.m.
And there aren't even any Black Lotuses! hahaha...
May 8, 2012 4:26 p.m.
May 8, 2012 9:49 p.m.
Force of will, Tinker, and besides power nine i would have to say demonic tutor.
May 9, 2012 12:20 a.m.
I hate that card...
May 9, 2012 7:09 p.m.
Coat of Arms. Play it in any game, and your opponents will utterly HATE you. Especially annoying with token-heavy decks.
May 9, 2012 7:37 p.m.
May 9, 2012 9:13 p.m.
May 9, 2012 9:14 p.m.
May 9, 2012 9:14 p.m.
Definitely going to say Scavenging Ooze... it is so good at just doing everything for a cheap cost! For 1G you can gain life, get a large body, and neuter graveyard strategies. Now that's utility.
May 10, 2012 10:01 p.m.
In approximately 3-4 hours, I'll be announcing the winners of the prize draw.
Good luck everyone!
May 11, 2012 10:23 p.m.
Alright, thank you to all those who have contributed and put their vote in for the draw. I am now going to announce the winning numbers...
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
May 12, 2012 1:39 a.m.
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.
August 14, 2012 12:49 p.m.
I'd have to say these cards would have my vote for possibly the best cards ever.(Not in any order): Ponder - While preordain is extremely good to the point that it got banned, this is an even better card that allows you to shuffle if you don't like your cards on top, making it so much better.Sensei's Divining Top - Once again, that scrying is incredibly powerful, with this allowing for a three card scry every turn you wish, along with draw that card right away.Tarmogoyf - There's a reason it costs so much and is so desired. This might be the greatest creature ever printed.Also, I'd like to ask why it says "besides the Power 9" and still includes Ancestral Recall and Time Walk, which are a part of the Power 9?
April 27, 2014 3:04 p.m.
September 6, 2014 1:33 a.m.
Vampiric Tutor in my opinion, probably the best tutor out there...
January 29, 2015 1:30 a.m.
Well in order to cast most of all the best magic cards you must pay mana. So does that really make those cards good? Some people say islands must be the best best since blue is the best color in magic. They are wrong, yes blue is the best color in magic but that doesn't make an island the best card. The card that I believe is the best (and I'm surprised it's not on here yet) is Black Lotus. This card lets you cast any 3cmc card you have in your hand on turn 1! That means you could play Show and Tell on turn 1 and bring out Emrakul, the Aeons Torn with that! And to top it off you'll get an extra turn after that! That there is gg I don't want to play with you anymore. That is why I think Black Lotus should be the best card in magic.
March 5, 2015 5:52 p.m.
top 3:1: Terastadon, (in commander) because its effect is as close to control as green can get2: Ornithopter, because in an affinity deck (take mine for example: http://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/how-to-be-a-dick-with-ornithopter/ )it can be a win condition for 0 mana, and its fun to see how pissed people get when an ornithopter kills them on turn 3.3. Bloodchief ascension, because in a mill deck, if is hilarious to watch people take 20 damage from glimpse the unthinkable
March 12, 2015 6:30 p.m.
October 5, 2015 5:40 a.m.
I think kaalia and Zurgo Helmsmasher are both great for EDH, but I think Zurgo is the best, It is a beatstick that people worry and complain about when it comes into play, it can kill things and get stronger.
December 6, 2015 7:24 p.m.
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