Counterspell

Counterspell

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Counter target spell.

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Set Rarity
Mystery Booster (MYS1) Common
Signature Spellbook: Jace (SS1) Rare
Masters 25 (A25) Common
Masterpiece Series: Amonkhet Invocations (AKHMPS) Common
Eternal Masters (EMA) Common
Tempest Remastered (TPR) Uncommon
Duel Decks Anthology (DD3) Common
Vintage Masters (VMA) Common
Masters Edition IV (ME4) Common
Duel Decks: Jace vs. Chandra (DD2) Common
Masters Edition II (ME2) Common
Seventh Edition (7ED) Common
Beatdown Box Set (BTD) Common
Starter 2000 (S00) Common
Battle Royale Box Set (BRB) Common
Mercadian Masques (MMQ) Common
Starter 1999 (S99) Uncommon
Classic Sixth Edition (6ED) Common
Tempest (TMP) Common
Fifth Edition (5ED) Common
Ice Age (ICE) Common
Fourth Edition (4ED) Uncommon
4th Edition Foreign Black Border (4EDFBB) Uncommon
Revised Edition (3ED) Uncommon
Revised Foreign Black Border (3EDFBB) Uncommon
Unlimited Edition (2ED) Uncommon
Collector's Edition (CED) Uncommon
International Collector's Edition (CEI) Uncommon
Limited Edition Beta (LEB) Uncommon
Limited Edition Alpha (LEA) Uncommon
Promo Set (000) Common
Promo set for Gatherer (PSG) Rare

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Legality

Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Oldschool 93/94 Legal
Highlander Legal
2019-10-04 Legal
Pauper Legal
Pauper EDH Legal
MTGO Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

Counterspell occurrence in decks from the last year

Legacy:

All decks: 0.68%

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.29%

Blue: 1.64%

UB (Dimir): 2.59%

WU (Azorius): 2.96%

UR (Izzet): 1.8%

GU (Simic): 1.65%

WUB (Esper): 1.4%

UBR (Grixis): 1.34%

GWU (Bant): 1.1%

BUG (Sultai): 1.08%

Counterspell Discussion

Tylord2894 on How does Kaya’s Ghostform interact ...

2 days ago

For future reference, you can surround a card name with double brackets, "[", to link the card. This works sitewide.

To your question, the importance here is that both Emrakul, the Aeons Torn and Kaya's Ghostform will trigger when Emrakul dies. When a player has two or more triggers that are being added to the stack at the same time, that player gets to choose the order that they are put onto the stack.

Now, the stack is the pile of spell and abilities that are trying to resolve. The stack resolves in a first-in-last-out order. In other words, if you put everything that's trying to resolve in a tower with the newest stuff on top, you resolve the stack top to bottom. Think about something like Counterspell. If I cast Lightning Bolt and you try to counter it, obviously, my Bolt would be stopped. That's because you're Counterspell is newer than my Bolt, so Counterspell resolves first.

Back to your question, since you get to pick the order of your triggers, you get to choose whether you want to shuffle Emrukal away or reanimate Emrukal.

I want to point out one last thing. Not all effects like that of Emrakul work the same way. Consider Darksteel Colossus. Where Emrakul says "when" its put into a graveyard, Colossus says "if" its put. While these seem like they do the same thing, they are very different. This is a replacement effect, so Colossus never hits the graveyard. Meanwhile, Emrakul will, even if it's just briefly.

I know that's a lot of information, so all more questions are welcome. Hope this helps!!

RiotRunner789 on Zaxara instant

3 days ago

Also, you may want to change your counterspell suit. Your Isochron Scepter has only two targets (your infinite combo and cyclonic rift non-overloaded).

If your purely going for X-spell/hydra flavor then keep the likes of Syncopate but otherwise Swan Song, Flusterstorm, Counterspell, Unsubstantiate, and Delay will act as more efficient counters and provide for extra backups for the scepter.

Why run Bloodrite Invoker and not Lore Weaver? You already have ley weaver, which gives you the other half of the combo. With ley weaver you just use your infinite mana to draw most of your deck and then win or deck out your opponents. Bloodrite seems like a worse option when either ley weaver or lore weaver alreday gets you the other one.

Kiran_M on Better than cyclonic rift?

4 days ago

Counterspell is the solution to all the world's problems. Except maybe the current ones. All of the multiverse's problems then. But honestly, I have a couple of green-white token decks, and the card I fear the most is Rift. I have about 8 ways to survive through Ultimatum or punish my OP for playing it, but I have exactly 2 ways to stop Rift: Memory Lapse, and politics with the blue players.

griffstick on Better than cyclonic rift?

4 days ago

Don't say Counterspell anyone because I know. and That's not surviving through it

DuTogira on Better than cyclonic rift?

4 days ago

Honestly... even if the ultimatum was I’d still peg rift as better. If the ultimatum was instant speed but the cost didn’t change, rift would be better. If ultimatum got cost adjusted as mentioned above AND became instant speed... I honestly still believe rift would be better.
Cards like Heroic Intervention can give instant speed indestructible effects, but nothing (except the almighty Counterspell) saves against rift. Sure you can recast the bounced stuffed, but typically if you get hit by a rift, you’re dead. Plain and simple. There’s more outs against the effect of Ruinous Ultimatum than there are against Cyclonic Rift in any truly competitive deck, and that makes rift a more reliable card.
Genuinely... the ultimatum would have to exile, become instant speed, and have its cost adjusted for it to be within the realm of “better than rift”. As is... I’d put it closer to Austere Command. And even then I think austere beets the ultimatum just because it’s way easier to cast.

osumatthew on Planeswalkers Perfected

1 week ago

Hey, so I'm working on my own Superfriends list for Atraxa, and I'd love to hear some thoughts on a few things.

How do you feel about Garruk, Cursed Huntsman compared to Apex Predator? It's 1 mana less, you get two 2/2s instead of a 3/3 deathtouch, even if the loyalty they provide is delayed, the minus draws a card instead of gaining life, and the Ult is more versatile compared to Apex Predator. You lose the ability to kill other walkers, but I've rarely seen that as an issue in commander.

Do you think Vraska, Golgari Queen is a solid inclusion? She can't ult immediately off doubling season, but it's very strong, and she with a +2, her loyalty can increase very quickly. And, her minus is solid to clear out a variety of annoying cards.

What are your thoughts on removal and counter magic? I know you only run one instant, but disregarding personal taste, is it a good idea to run things like Veil of Summer, Swan Song and Counterspell to help protect your board state?

GoblinElectromancer on Advisor EDH

1 week ago

Lol I love Persistent Petitioners! You probably have a lot too much land for a deck with only two drops. I would drop down to maybe 33 or 34. Maybe play the following cards: Dramatic Reversal,Counterspell,Thrumming Stone,Minister of Inquiries, and Jace, Ingenious Mind-Mage.

+1 Good Luck!

Brutal_B on Hop in. We're going for a ride!

1 week ago

Well you got the black tutors of course: Demonic Tutor, Diabolic Tutor Vampiric Tutor, Grim Tutor, Cruel Tutor.

You can use cards like Fabricate, Whir of Invention, Tezzeret the Seeker to search for an artifact (like a vehicle).

As far as counters go, I don't play many and when I do it's to protect my stuff. You can never go wrong with Counterspell. I like Rebuff the Wicked, Disallow, Cancel, Dissipate, Unwind,Countersquall, Absorb. That new Fierce Guardianship is pretty cool.

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