Crystal Ball

Crystal Ball

Artifact

, : 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.)

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Crystal Ball Discussion

Monomanamaniac on Crystal Ball or Soothsaying?

4 weeks ago

Scroll Rack works best with tutors, searching your library, and shuffling it. Soothsaying could be really good, but only if you can reliably pay 5 mana to shuffle your library. If you don't have a mana combo (I'd suggest Dramatic Reversal + Isochron Scepter and you can get infinite untaps and mana) then Crystal Ball is much less of an investment mana wise.

zapyourtumor on Hallelujah

1 month ago

Honestly not having Brainstorm hurts modern miracles a lot but I've always wanted to make it work. My first comment is having 8 miracle boardwipes seems really overkill. I'd probably cut most of the devastation tides. Also, I don't think 4 Entreat the Angels are needed since its a finisher.

Counterbalance might work but usually requires instant speed deck top manipulation. We have Brainstone and Telling Time which might just be good enough.

Maybe Crystal Ball? I'm not sure. I've tried this one a few times as like a terrible version of divining top but it might be too slow for the current meta.

If you decide to go the blink version mainboard, there could be some value in using Riverwise Augur. And maybe replacing momentary blink with Ephemerate. You could maybe combine the two plans this way to make up for not having Brainstorm.

RambIe on Crystal Ball or Soothsaying?

1 month ago

personally i like to run Mindmoil with Scroll Rack stashing combo peaces into the rack, but if the options are Crystal Ball vs Soothsaying i would choose Soothsaying and then put it on my to be cut list for a Sensei's Divining Top

Necrosis24 on Crystal Ball or Soothsaying?

1 month ago

I would run Soothsaying if there are three or more cards you want to bottom consistently. Or if the number of cards you want to bottom is very inconsistent then soothsaying is also preferred.

Otherwise if on average your only need to bottom one to two cards Crystal Ball has the better mana rate.

seshiro_of_the_orochi on Venerable Soothsayer

1 month ago

I like the design, it's pretty on point. Changing the ability to Scry X is a big power-up, as I mentioned regarding Crystal Ball. Eligeth, Crossroads Augur is drooling all over this card, and both Ormos, Archive Keeper and Atemsis, All-Seeing could become very cool cards in that deck.

DemonDragonJ on Crystal Ball or Soothsaying?

1 month ago

I have a copy of Scroll Rack in my Nekusar, the Mindrazer EDH deck, because I believe that it is a very awesome card, but, without a way to put cards from the top of my library elsewhere in it, I will simply draw again cards that I put away with the rack, a task that I am currently using Crystal Ball to perform, but I wonder if Soothsaying would be better for that task. Currently, with the ball, I can optimally exchange a maximum of two cards in my hand for cards from the top my library, but, with Soothsaying, I can exchange my entire hand, provided that I can afford the cost of the enchantment's first ability. Therefore, I am contemplating replacing the artifact with the enchantment, but I wish to ask for everyone's opinion before I make any decisions on this matter.

What does everyone else say about this? Should I replace Crystal Ball with Soothsaying, or keep the current card?

DemonDragonJ on Variants of Crystal Ball

1 month ago

seshiro_of_the_orochi, in my experience, the scry 2 from Crystal Ball is very useful, especially in situations where a player is seeking a certain card and wishes to filter away unwanted cards; for example, there have been times when I have plenty of lands, and use the ball to discover that the top two cards of my library are lands, so I put them onto the bottom of my library, meaning that I am more likely to draw a card that is not a land the next time that I draw a card.

seshiro_of_the_orochi on Variants of Crystal Ball

1 month ago

In case you want to play Sphere of True Seeing, Soothsaying is very close, though I do realize that it's ability is worse than scrying.

Regarding OG Crystal Ball, it might be a good card, but I feel like the opportunity cost is quite high with it. Sure, Scry 2 is powerful, and in some decks, like Eligeth, Crossroads Augur, it is straight up obscene. But for the most part, it is a three-drop that smoothes out your draws. That's fine, and I'd usually want such a card in most decks, but I wouldn't want too many cards that do just that and nothing else. Seer's Lantern for example is a similar card for that only scrys for one, but also doubles as a mana rock. I'd prefer this in many cases when I'm not hellbent for the scry 2.

Am I underestimating scry 2? I'm always open for new knowledge.

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