Narset's Reversal


Copy target instant or sorcery spell, then return it to its owner's hand. You may choose new targets for the copy.

proterran98 on Kalamax and narset

2 weeks ago

I am so confused. My opponent cast Beast Within targeting something of mine. I have a tapped Kalamax, the Stormsire, have yet to cast an instant and a Narset's Reversal. I cast the narset. What happens? How does that play out (keep in mind I want to make the best play for me).

Thank you.

Profet93 on The Sliver Overlord Rocks!!![cEDH][primer]

1 month ago


+1 What about yavimaya and urborg for color fixing, or is that not needed?

How has delay been working for you? This deck seems like a solid piece of work. Delay seems a bit out of place, I would hate to have a counterspell that would mostly be beneficial against board wipes. Something else to consider based on meta and playstyle would be Narset's Reversal

How has Scroll Rack been working for you? It doesnt actually draw you cards so it would suck if you were behind and drew it. Why not replace it with another draw spell?

How has Engineered Explosives been working for you? I feel it would be hard to use, but am unsure. Have you considered other forms of mass removal?

lagotripha on Counter Everything?

1 month ago

Jwari Disruption  Flip is great as it sits in land slots - sandbar will do fine in its place so long as your spell count is high enough. Even a one of in your list massively improves tempo if your opponent plays around it.

Mana leak has some sweet alternatives - Lose Focus in particular lets you scale up as the game draws on, and is hard to protect against due to copies.

Thassa's Intervention is both cheaper than memory deluge and acts as a counterspell.

I'd give a little thought to old Grindclock style decks, where you just play protect the artifact until you can win - or play something like Zur's Weirding where you reach a point where you just lock out the game and win on life. As is, you'll need to use recursion on mill spells which isn't being used holding up counterspells.

The main thing I'd consider going outside budget for is Surgical Extraction - hitting the shuffle eldrazi is essential to mill decks, while being able to remove a deck's main threats or answers when you see them in the graveyard is incredible. On that note, Gut shot/Void mirror is a nonbo- you'll want one of them in the sideboard to swap into. Tormod's Crypt or similar will do on a budget, but you do need to have an answer for milling a Kroxa, Titan of Death's Hunger or similar somewhere in the 75.

Baral's draw/discard is mostly land filtering here, and the cost reduction isn't as crazy as it is when ramping - you could safely swap it for more draw power.

Broken Ambitions is traditional for counter/mill.

I'd want a wrath effect or comparable card in the side or main - as is you have 4x suspend, 4x gut shot for creature matchups, which doesn't feel like enough what with the time counter thing meaning you need another card afterwards - its a great synergy with void mirror, but I'd want a bit more.

More important than any of this advice is this - target your meta. Put sideboard cards maindeck to win your FNM - the control decks that make it through tournaments aren't the ones that have the best 'generic answers' (though they feature them), but ones that target metagame weaknesses - the maindeck Steel Sabotage or Narset's Reversal or for example. The void mirror setup is an incredible start for that - build out from there.

Profet93 on The Goal of a Game

2 months ago

I've always found games that allow for crazy interactions to be my favorite. The story, the memories are most important. Utilizing worst fears, then mindslaver, then emrakrul the promised end 3 turns in a row is just pure fun, using their own necropotence. Redirecting their own spells just for them to redirect it back at me!

One of my favorite moments against me was when I played a Thought Distortion against my friend with a smug/smirk on my face, cocky that his mono blue deck would crumble. He politely smiled, tapped his lands, to which I replied, it can't be countered to which he responds, i know and proceeds to cast Narset's Reversal against my creatureless mono black deck. BOY DID THAT MAKE ME LAUGH AND CRY! Such a found memory, being put in my place, IN STYLE.

tylorlilley on Parnesse Politics

2 months ago

I think Spelltwine doesn't work with your commander, because you are copying the cards and casting them instead of copying the spell. If that's right than Mizzix's Mastery and Arcane Bombardment also wouldn't work, sadly. Maybe they are good enough to keep anyway? Not sure. Cards with the Cipher mechanic are also so close to working but I don't think they do. This is actually kind of hard to brew around! Ugh, God-Eternal Kefnet wouldn't work either, ew.

Immolating Gyre and Volcanic Vision are really good boardwipes in a spells-y deck... as is Cyclonic Rift, which you definitely should still run. In fact, all the overload spells are pretty sweet here, since they only target things you don't control, so if you copy them opponent's can't even pay the 4 life to hit one of your things. Makes Vandalblast and friends possibly worth it.

Radiate is such a fun card that could do some real crazy things here! Shoutout to Radiant Performer as well.

Sublime Epiphany and Volcanic Offering Might not be good enough here.

I really like Narset's Reversal, Split Decision, and the demonstrate cards in this deck! Obviously Twinning Staff is fun here too.

It will be interesting to see if Lithoform Engine or Pyromancer's Goggles will be good enough here (I like Primal Amulet  Flip). Maybe more spells that copy spells are better than these chunkier repeatable ones? Things like Galvanic Iteration or Reiterate if you like the buyback better. Or Increasing Vengeance for the beefier flashback. Hell, if its politics Bonus Round could be really fun. Chef's Kiss is a newer one that I forgot about

Maybe this is the kind of deck where Thrilling Encore shines?

Is Stunning Reversal here to try and copy and save other people with?? Seems like it may not be good enough when you have access to blue for card draw/protection anyway.

I've found the expertise cycle (Baral's Expertise, Yahenni's Expertise, maybe not Kari Zev's Expertise) to be really fun with spell copying, since they in turn let you cast more spells themselves.

I wish, as I always do, that Cloven Casting wasn't soooo bad. Or like, any of the cards with Replicate. Those would be so perfect. Maybe Shattering Spree is good enough but I think it isn't. Ugh, that makes me think about how you're definitely supposed to play storm cards in this deck. Are there any storm cards that aren't miserable? Mind's Desire maybe...

Is Charmbreaker Devils good enough?

Wild Ricochet is an oldie but maybe enough of a goodie here with the copying theme?

Harmonic Prodigy since your commander is a wizard isn't a terrible idea...

Humble Defector might be too cute.

Gotta have Rakdos Charm! Honestly there might be other charms that are worth it to like Crosis's Charm, but definitely Rakdos Charm.

Cruel Ultimatum is the ultimate chunky spell and you're even in the right colors for it!

Also Chaos Warp is still good enough as universal instant speed removal and kind of fun/politics-y as well

Guerric on What I Learned About This …

3 months ago

Lanzo493 Narset's Reversal is also just a powerhouse recursion card in spell copy strategies like Kalamax, the Stormsire and Veyran, Voice of Duality. It's also good with Reiterate combos like the one I run in my Mizzix of the Izmagnus deck.

Pact of Negation can also be brutally misdirected with Sudden Substitution to take a player out. It's a bit niche, but against someone who plays the card a lot I'd try it out.

Lanzo493 on What I Learned About This …

3 months ago

Something I learned that was really cool is how great Narset's Reversal is in a counterspell war. It can easily 2-for-1. If there’s a lot of counterspells a on the stack, you can bounce your own counterspell and retarget something else, effectively saving your own card and making the other players counter pointless because the spell got bounced. On the other hand, Pact of Negation can suck in counterspell wars because people will try to allow it to resolve if possible and work around it. The first time I used Veil of Summer against it was quite memorable.

le-stan on Infinite copy-redirect on the pile...

3 months ago


Thanks for this, I think we totally misunderstood Narset's Reversal. If I understand your answer correctly, it means that - without any Imp's Mischief involved - Narset's reversal actually copies Alrund's Epiphany but "counters" the original spell and sends it back to owner's hand... is that correct?


  • Alrund's epiphany on the stack

  • Narset's reversal on the stack targeting Alrund's epiphany

  • Imp's mischief on the stack targeting Narset's reversal


  1. Resoving Imp's misschief, target of Narset's reversal is redirected to imp's misschief
  2. Resolving Narset's reversal - No valid target --> countered
  3. Resolving Alrund's epiphany : opponent gets an extra-turn and Alrund's epiphany goes to the graveyard.

All good?

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