Strictly better list

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Posted on Aug. 14, 2017, 7:58 p.m. by chaus12

I am compiling a (hopefully!) huge compilation of strictly better cards and functional reprints.

If you would like too contribute, simply post a comment with color shifted cards, strictly better cards, or functional reprints. Thanks for your help!

Accomplished Automaton > Hexplate Golem

Accumulated Knowledge > Take Inventory

(Abrade, Ancient Grudge, Fury Charm, Smash to Smithereens, Wear & Tear) > Shatter

Aerial Guide > Wind Drake

Aerial Responder > Diving Griffin > Chapel Grist = Sunspire Griffin

Aim High > Savage Surge

Alloy Myr > Opaline Unicorn

Alpine Grizzly > Elvish Ranger

(Arcane Sanctum, Nomad Outpost, Sandsteppe Citadel, Scoured Barrens) > Forsaken Sanctuary

Armored Griffin > Abbey Griffin

(Ashcoat Bear, Gatstaf Shepherd, Wild Mongrel) > Balduvian Bears = Barbary Apes = Bear Cub = Forest Bear = Grizzly Bear

Assembled Alphas > Inferno Elemental

Aven of Enduring Hope > Aven Battle Priest

Back to Nature > Tranquillity

Banishing Light > Isolation Zone

Basking Rootwalla > Frilled Sandwalla

Bastion Mastodon > (Steelclad Repent, Stone Golem > Venser's Sliver)

(Bearer of Silence, Olivia's Bloodsworn) > Vampire Interloper

(Bishop's Soldier > Ajani's Sunstriker > Boris Mastiff > Fresh Volunteers = Glory Seeker = Knight Errant = Silvercoat Lion = Traveling Philosopher, Nova Cleric, Stoneforge Mystic) > Squire

Bitterbow Sharpshooters > Sentinel Spider

Blessed Alliance > Sacred Nectar

Blight Keeper > (Muck Rats, Nightshade Stinger)

Blossoming Defense > Ranger's Guile

Boil > Boiling Seas

Borrowed Grace > Fortify

Bramblecrush > Creeping Mold

Brave the Sands > Serra's Blessing

(Burn from Within, Devil's Play, Fireball) > Blaze

(Caravan Vigil, Traverse the Ulvenwald) > Lay of the Land

(Castaway's Despair = Sleep Paralysis, Containment Membrane > Paralyzing Grasp, ) > Dehydration > Merseine

Cavern of Souls > Unclaimed Territory

Certain Death > Sip of Hemlock

Clear Shot > Ambuscade

Charging Monstrosaur > (Gerrard's Irregulars, Night Revelers, Thundering Giant)

Chilling Grasp > Frost Breath

Choked Estuary > Salt Marsh = Submerged Beyond

(Cloudfin Raptor, Faerie Miscreant, Mace's Phantasm, Mausoleum Warrior, Siren Stormtamer) > Flying Men = Zephyr Sprites > (Cloud Pirates = Cloud Sprite, Fledgeling Osprey, Manta Riders, Shrieking Drake > Faerie Imposter, Spindrift Drake, Thought Nibbler)

(Coastline Chimera, Dancing Scimitar) > Silent Observer

(Comparative Analysis > Inspiration, Glimmer of Genius) > Weave Fate > Touch of Brilliance

Consign//Oblivion > Dispers

Control Magic > Mind Control

Coordinated Assault > Kindled Fury

Costly Plunder > Altar's Reap > Skulltap

(Counterspell, Disallow, Dissipate, Dissolve) > Cancel

Countervailing Winds > Rakshasa's Disdain

(Crumbling Necropolis, Frontier Bivouac, Mystic Monastery, Swiftwater Cliffs) > Highland Lake

Cultivator's Caravan > Manalith

Dagger of the Worthy > Torch Gauntlet

Dead Weight > (Debilitating Injury > Enfeeblement, Weakness)

Deathcap Cultivator > Leaf Glider

Demonic Tutor > Diabolic Tutor

Desert's Hold > Arrest

(Despise, Harsh Scrutiny) > Ostracize

Deviant Glee > Unholy Strength

Dinosaur Stampede > Trumpet Blast

Dive Down > Glint

(Djeru's Renunciation, Expose of Evil, Feeling of Dread) > Lead Astray

Docent of Perfection > (Air Elemental, Water Elemental)

Dragon Mantle > Firebreathing

Druid of the Cowl > Orochi Sustainer = Wirewood Elf

Dukhara Peafowl > Cobalt Golem

Elvish Archers > Hornet Cobra

Ethereal Armor > Lance

Expedite > (Accelerate, Unnatural Speed)

Fact or Fiction > Fortune's Favor

Failed Inspection > Statute of Denial

Falkenrath Gorger > (Flamekin Bladewhirl, Goblin Cadets, Goblin Patrol)

Falkenrath Reaver > (Barbarian Outcast, Goblin Bully = Goblin Piker = Independent Troops, Goblin Elite Infantry, Goblin Firebug, Goblin Firebug, Goblin Hero = Gray Ogre = Raging Bull, Ironclad Orcs > Hulking Goblin = Goblin Raider = Yellow-Scarves Troops, Mad Dog, Mogg Jailer, Reckless Cohort > Goblin Brigand, Scarwood Goblin, Sell-Sword Brute = Smoldering Effreet, Skittish Kavu)

(Fate Forgotten, Revoke Existence) > Ironwright's Cleansing

Filigree Familiar > Exultant Cultist > Merfolk Seer

Firedrinker Satyr > Jackal Pup

Flame Slash > Boulder Salvo

Flametongue Kavu > Goblin Commando

Flaying Tendrils > Infest

(Foreboding Ruins, Lavaclaw Reaches) > Cinder Barrens = Urborg Volcano

Fortified Village > Elfhame Palace = Tranquil Expanse

(Frontier Bivouac, Opulent Palace, Seaside Citadel, Thornwood Falls) > Woodland Stream

Foundry Inspector > (Jangling Automaton, Sliver Construct = Stonework Puma, Wicker Witch)

Furious Reprisal > Swelter

Game Trail > Shivan Oasis = Timber Gorge

(Ghostfire Blade, Vulshok Morningstar, Warmonger's Chariot) > Cultist's Staff

Ghostly Flicker > Judgement

Giant Crab > Homarid Warrior

Ghoulcaller's Chant > Disentomb = Raise Dead

(Gild, Sever the Bloodline) > Oblivion Strike

(Glacial Fortress, Port Town, Sejiri Refuge) > Coastal Tower = Meandering River

Gnarlwood Dryad > Sedge Scorpion

Goblin Tunneler > Dwarven Nomad

Graf Mole > Colossodon Yearling

Grip of the Roil > Crippling Chill

Grim Lavamancer > Mons's Goblin Raiders

Heron's Grace Champion > Horned Cheetah = Zebra Unicorn

Hero's Downfall > Murder

Hound of the Farbogs > (Dreg Reaver = Zombie Goliath, Mass of Ghouls = Renegade Demon)

Hovermyr > Omegamyr

Howl From Beyond > Bloodcurdling Scream

(Hulking Cyclops, Lathnu Sailback) > Fire Elemental > Frost Ogre

Hungry Flames > Lunge

Hunting Triad > Might Beyond Reason

Icefeather Aven > Gaea's Skyfolk

Ice Over > (Coma Veil, Glimmerdust Nap, Inertia Bubble, Paralyzing Grasp > Dehydration > Merseine, Spectral Prison)

Improvised Armor > Siegecraft

Immolating Glare > (Kill Shot = Rebuke > (Eightfold Maze, Just Fate), Terashi's Glare)

Incendiary Flow > Volcanic Hammer

Incinerate > Lightning Strike > Volcanic Hammer

Incorrigible Youths > Thundering Giant

(Inexorable Blob > Centaur Courser = Nessian Courser, Spirit of the Hunt) > Gnarled Mass = Trained Armodon

Ingenious Skaab > Watercourser

Inner Struggle > Wrack with Madness

Inspiring Captain > Ampryn Tactician

Invasive Surgery > Envelop

Iona's Blessing > Marked by Honor

(Ismaru, Hound of Konda > ((Elite Vanguard = Expedition Envoy = Savannah Lions, Devoted Hero = Sanctuary Cat = Volunteer Militia), Akrasan Squire, Akroan Jailor, Angel's Herald, Anointer of Champions, Apothecary Initiate, Ardent Recruit, Auriok Glaivemaster, Auriok Transfixer, Benalish Hero = Kjeldoran Warrior, Benalish Missionary, Benevolent Bodyguard, Boris Elite, Burrenton Forge-Tender, Bushi Tenderfoot, Caravan Escort, Caregiver, Cathedral Sanctifier, Cenn's Tactician, Champion of the Parish, Charm Peddler, Children of Korlis, Cho-Arrin Alchemist, Civic Guildmage, Clergy of the Holy Nimbus, Cliffside Lookout, Confessor, Court Homunculus, Daru Mender, Death Speakers, Dedicated Martyr, Deftblade Elite, Dega Disciple, Devoted Retainer, Devout Harpist, Devout Monk, Doomed Traveler, (Duskborne Skymarcher, Topplegeist) > Aven Skirmisher = Kitesail Scout = Lantern Kami = Suntail Hawk > Royal Falcon, Dutiful Thrull, Empty-Shrine Kannushi, (Encampment Keeper, Mosquito Guard) > Serra Zealot = Tundra Wolves = Warclamp Mastiff, Firehoof Cavalry, Foothill Guide, Frontline Strategist, Ghost-Lit Redeemer, Gideon's Lawkeeper = Goldmeadow Harrier, Glittering Lynx, Goldmeadow Dodger, Gustcloak Runner, Haazda Exonator, Honor Guard, Honorable Scout, Hopeful Eidolen, Icatian Infantry, Icatian Javilineers, Icatian Priest, Icatian Scout, Imperial Lancer, Infantry Veteran, Kami of False Hope, Kelsinko Ranger, Kitesail Apprentice, Kor Duelist, Leonin Elder, Lionheart Maverick, Loam Lion, Mardu Hateblade, Martyr of Sands, Martyred Rusalka, Miracle Worker, Mother of Runes, Mtenda Herder, Mystic Penitent, Netter en-Dal, Nomads en-Kor, Planar Guide, Plated Sliver, Priest of the Wakening Sun, Ramosian Sergeant, Resistance Fighter, Royal Herbalist, Sacred Cat, Sacred Guide, Salvage Scout, Samite Censer-Bearer, Selfless Cathar, Serra Ascendant, Shield Mate, Sidewinder Sliver, Songstitcher, Soul Warden = Soul's Attendant, Soulmender, Spurmage Advocate, Stern Constable, Student of Warfare, Sunscape Apprentice, Tireless Tribe, Toolcraft Exemplar, Town Gossipmonger, Trade Caravan, Tragic Poet, Trained Caracal, Vigilant Martyr, Votary of the Conclave, Weathered Wayfarer) > Eager Cadet), Squire)

(Jungle Hollow, Opulent Palace, Sandsteppe Citadel, Savage Lands) > Foul Orchard

(Jungle Shrine, Mystic Monastery, Nomad Outpost, Wind-Scarred Crag) > Stone Quarry

Kessig Forgemaster > Ashmouth Hound > Kolaghan Aspirant

Knight of Cliffhaven > Glory Seeker

Lagonna-Band Trailblazer > Tasseled Dromedary = Yoked Ox

Lamplighter of Selhoff > Ancient Carp = Armored Cancrix

Lantern Spirit > Fleeting Image

Last Grasp > Tar Snare

Lightning Blast > Unfriendly Fire

Lightning Bolt > (Lightning Strike > Volcanic Hammer, Searing Spear, Shard Volley, Shock)

Make Obsolete > Cower in Fear

Makindi Griffin > Spotted Griffin

Malevolent Whispers > Traitorous Instinct

Malfunction > Coma Veil

(Manic Vandal, Suq'Ata Lancer) > Gray Ogre

Multiform Wonder > Venser's Sliver

Murderous Compulsion > (Assassinate, Death Stroke)

Mystic of the Hidden Way > Covert Operative

Nature's Way > Rabid Bite

Negate > Flash Counter

Neglected Heirloom > Leonin Scimitar

(Niblis of Frost > Ringwarden, Long-Finned Skywhale) > Hoverguard Observer = Stronghold Zeppelin

Night Revelers > Berserkers of Blood Ridge

Ninth Bridge Patrol > Unruly Mob

Noose Constrictor > Grappler Spider

(Obsessive Skinner, Kujar Seedsculptor) > Ironshell Beetle = Satyr Grovedancer = Timberland Guide

Olivia's Dragoon > Gutter Skulk = Walking Corpse > (Spineless Thug, Whipstitched Zombie)

Outland Boar > Rhox Brute

Overwhelming Denial > Last Word

Pale Rider of Trossad > Drekavac

Pick the Brain > Night Terrors

Plague Myr > Manakin > Hedron Crawler

Porcelain Legionnaire > Kor Scythemaster

Prakhata Club Security > Scavenger Scarab

Predator's Strike > Awaken the Bear

Prophetic Ravings > Epiphany Storm

Quilled Wolf > Kraul Warrior

Reprisal > (Legion's Judgement, Smite the Monstrous)

Repulse > Drag Under

Reverse Engineer > Tezzeret's Ambition

Scrubland > Godless Shrine

Seed Guardian > Cloudcrown Oak = Grazing Whiptail

Selfless Spirit > Mistral Charger = Stormfront Pegasus > (Lightwalker, Royal Falcon)

Serra Angel > Glorifier of Dusk

Sin Prodder > Bogart Brute

Skittering Heartstopper > (Hunted Ghoul, Muck Rats)

Slip Through Space > (Infiltrate, Touch of Invisibility

Soldier of the Pantheon > Elite Vanguard = Expedition Envoy = Savannah Lions

Spell Queller > Talon Trooper

Sporecap Spider > Rib Cage Spider

Stampeding Elk Herd > Hollowhenge Beast

Stoic Builder > Cartographer

Structural Distortion > (Demolish, Melt Terrain)

Sylvan Might > Tread Upon

Tajuru Pathwarden > Feral Krushok

Thought Harvester > Azure Drake

Thraben Gargoyle > Razorgrass Screen

Tooth Collector > Eyeblight Assassin

Tormenting Voice > Wild Guess

Tragic Lesson > Catalog

Ulvenwald Observer > Cowl Prowler > (Alpha Tyrranax = Canopy Gorger = Tusked Colossodon > (Craw Wurm, Jerrard of the Closed Fist, Thorsten Von Ursus), Kindercatch)

Unconventional Tactics > Angelic Blessing

Unnatural Endurance > Boon of Erebos

Vicious Conquistador > (Muck Rats, Pulse Tracker, Thornbow Archer)

Vildin-Pack Outcast > (Bonebreaker Giant = Fomori Nomad = Obsidian Giant > Berserkers of Blood Ridges, Flowstone Crusher)

Village Messenger > Raging Goblin

Vines of the Recluse > Silk Net = Snare the Skies

Voldaren Duelist > Vulshok Berserkers

Vow of Wildness > Equestrian Skill

Vulshok Battlegear > Warlord's Axe

Wall of Vines > Wall of Wood

Watcher in the Woods > Selesnya Sagittars

Whitesun's Passage > Sacred Nectar

Wierdling Wood > Sheltered Aerie

Witness the End > Mental Agony

Wolf of Devil's Breach > Hulking Cyclops > (Earth Elemental, Fire Elemental > Frost Ogre)

Yavimaya Wurm > Craw Wurm

Zada's Commando > Riot Piker

MindAblaze says... #3

This is quite the undertaking. Just looking at blacks 2/2s for 2 takes you down a long and winding road.

August 14, 2017 8:16 p.m.

Epochalyptik says... #4

Lava Spike can't hit creatures, meaning it's not strictly better than Volcanic Hammer.

August 14, 2017 8:20 p.m.

chaus12 says... #6

August 14, 2017 8:35 p.m.

maxon says... #7

Lightning Bolt isn't arcane though. How am I going to splice my Desperate Ritual onto a Lightning Bolt.

August 14, 2017 8:40 p.m.

SteelSentry says... #8

I'm not sure this is feasable. Doom Blade, for example, is better than Hand of Death, Cradle to Grave, Dark Banishing, Terror, etc.

August 14, 2017 9:34 p.m.

tpmains says... #9

August 15, 2017 12:20 a.m.

sylvannos says... #10

Lightning Bolt is definitely strictly better than Shock or Lightning Strike, but Lightning Strike isn't strictly better than Shock. It does 1 more damage but costs more.

It's also worth noting that some abilities don't make something strictly better or worse, just kind of different. Shroud, infect, and phasing come to mind. Each abilities have pros and cons, so whether or not something is strictly better/worse will depend on the deck they're used in or the meta.

For example, Grizzly Bears isn't strictly worse than Humble Budoka in a deck that can target its own creatures. In a deck that's 56 Forests and 4 2/2 creatures, Humble Budoka is likely going to be better.

Card subtypes and colors are another thing to keep in mind. While we joke in here about arcane, sometimes that matters. Expedition Envoy could be considered strictly better than Savannah Lions simply because it's a human ally.

This is all kind of moot, however. MtG Salvation's Wiki has a list of each card in each set that's strictly better, a reprint, or a functional reprint (the link I posted is for Avacyn Restored).

I wouldn't try to go through and list each card individually because you're bound to miss some. I think you'd have an easier time with this if you went through the wiki for each set and recorded each instance. What the wiki doesn't have is a way to sort or search for cards that are strictly better. Compiling a list where people can use ctrl + f would be most appreciated.

August 15, 2017 6:06 a.m.

chaus12 says... #11

Thanks sylvannos! I'll look into that and comment/edit thread when done.

August 15, 2017 7:09 a.m.

chaus12 says... #13

August 15, 2017 7:46 a.m.

chaus12 says... #15

First block done!

August 15, 2017 7:55 a.m.

chaus12 says... #17

August 15, 2017 8:10 a.m.

chaus12 says... #18

Second block done!

August 15, 2017 8:11 a.m.

chaus12 says... #20

Third block done!

August 15, 2017 8:25 a.m.

chaus12 says... #22

Urza's destiny

Wild Colos = Raging Cougar

August 15, 2017 8:34 a.m.

chaus12 says... #24

August 15, 2017 9:31 a.m.

chaus12 says... #25

Fifth block done!

August 15, 2017 9:33 a.m.

chaus12 says... #27

Sixth block done!

August 15, 2017 9:46 a.m.

We don't need an update every block...

Wouldn't it be easier to just edit the first post?

August 15, 2017 10:20 a.m.

chaus12 says... #29

I agree Epochalyptik, but then how could other people contribute?

August 15, 2017 4:03 p.m.

vishnarg says... #30

Storm Crow > Scornful Egotist > Wood Elemental > Sorrow's Path > every other card in magic history

August 16, 2017 10:50 a.m.

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