Crystal Ball

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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Archenemy Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Commander: Rule 0 Legal
Custom Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Highlander Legal
Legacy Legal
Leviathan Legal
Limited Legal
Modern Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Planechase Legal
Quest Magic Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Vanguard Legal
Vintage Legal

Crystal Ball


, : Scry 2. (Look at the top two cards of your library, then put any number of them on the bottom of your library and the rest on top in any order.)

DemonDragonJ on Should I Put Doom Whisperer …

1 week ago

I am considering putting Doom Whisperer into my Liesa, Shroud of Dusk EDH deck, because of its obvious synergy with that deck, but I would like to ask for advice, first.

The demon would be an easy replacement for Crystal Ball, because, while it does have a higher casting cost, its ability costs no mana, only life, which this deck excels at gaining. If the demon had the scry mechanic, rather than surveil, I would already have had it in that deck, but, since that is not the case, I need to be more cautious.

Does my Liesa deck have a sufficient amount of graveyard recursion to justify putting Doom Whisperer into it? What does everyone else say about this subject?

seshiro_of_the_orochi on Kenessos, Priest of Thassa

3 weeks ago

Going mono seems legit, but let me throw in another way:

If I counted correctly, you have 21 sources of Scry in here. 13 of them are small numbers on instants or sorceries. The remaining 9 are more or less repeatedable effects on permanents. My suggestions is to cut most of the one-shot scry effects. Valid exceptions are interaction spells that aren't overcosted (looking at Sea God's Revenge). You'll propably end up somewhere slightly below 100 cards that way. Fill that up with more repeatable scry effects and you're basically fine.

To end my comment, here are some ideas for repeatable scry effects:

Castle Vantress

Crystal Ball

Eyes Everywhere

Geist of the Archives

Hedron Alignment

In Search of Greatness

Isolated Watchtower

Lifecrafter's Bestiary

Psychic Impetus

Quandrix Campus

Seer's Lantern

Btw, Call of the Wild exists. Maybe give it a shot?

DemonDragonJ on Pursuit of Happiness

1 month ago

I have replaced Crystal Ball with Sensei's Divining Top, which reduced the average converted mana cost of this deck from 3.52 to 3.48, because, as great as the ball is, the top has excellent synergy with Elsha, herself.

seshiro_of_the_orochi on Crystal Ball or Warteye Witch?

1 month ago

If you want to exchange Crystal Ball, take Phyrexian Vivisector over Witch.

DemonDragonJ on Death and Rebirth

1 month ago

I have replaced Crystal Ball with Warteye Witch, because, as great as the ball is, the witch has very strong synergy with this deck.

DemonDragonJ on Crystal Ball or Sensei’s Divining …

1 month ago

Caerwyn, I actually have found Crystal Ball to be very useful, as it is one of the few cards in the entire game that allows for repeatable scrying, and at a very low cost, but I am very glad that you reinforced my desire to put Sensei's Divining Top into my Elsha deck.

griffstick on Crystal Ball or Warteye Witch?

1 month ago

In most decks I would say Crystal Ball is better because you control when you scry plus scry 2 is better than scry 1. However in Meren of Clan Nel Toth I'd say it's about equal.

Caerwyn on Crystal Ball or Sensei’s Divining …

1 month ago

Crystal Ball is a bad card. It is a three-drop (which is the point you really need to start generating real value) that does nothing helpful on its own (it helps you figure out what your next draw will be, but you need to either wait a turn or have card draw to profit off that miniscule value).

Top costs one mana, allows you to dig three deep with its "look at" skill, can both dig three deep and draw a card all on its own, can be used multiple times in a turn, and goes infinite with Elsha and something that reduces costs by .

There is no question--Top is a great card that outclasses the incredibly lackluster Crystal Ball in every significant way.

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