Vedalken Orrery or Leyline of Anticipation?

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Posted on March 11, 2021, 10:14 p.m. by DemonDragonJ

I have Vedalken Orrery in every one of my EDH decks, because it is simply too awesome to not have in those decks. However, it is very expensive due to not having been reprinted in a long time, so that is annoying, as I am currently building several news EDH decks.

Therefore, I am considering using Leyline of Anticipation in any EDH deck of mine that contains the color blue, rather than the orrery; the leyline does have a slightly stricter casting cost, but it also has an additional ability that could be useful, on certain occasions. Due to its color requirements, I would use it only in decks with one, two, or three colors, as it would be too difficult to use in decks with four or five colors.

What does everyone else say about this? Should I use Leyline of Anticipation or Vedalken Orrery in my EDH decks that contain the color blue?

enpc says... #2

The primary restriction around whether or not you should run either card is less about colour restriction and more around deck archetypes.

If you're not running a draw-go style control deck, neither of the cards add a huge amount of value. And if you really need to give stuff flash, run Alchemist's Refuge .

Of the two though, generally Leyline is just the better option. Can come in for free and is fodder to cards like Force of Will . Not to mention most control decks will be super blue heavy, so the casting cost isn't an issue.

March 11, 2021 10:39 p.m. Edited.

Icbrgr says... #3

I think the best answer is to have matching sleeves.... so you can take high value cards from one deck and play them in another without having to buy it multiple times.

But if aiming to drop threats at EOT why not both?

March 11, 2021 10:42 p.m.

DemonDragonJ says... #4

enpc, Alchemist's Refuge requires continuous payments of mana, whereas the other two cards do not. As for your advice, I thank you, very much, so I shall now begin to replace the orrery with the leyline in every deck of mine that contains the color blue, which shall also save me money for the decks that I am building, as three out of the four contain that color.

Icbrgr, having both cards in a deck would be nice, but I cannot sacrifice another card to have both, unfortunately.

March 11, 2021 10:47 p.m.

enpc says... #5

DemonDragonJ: Refuge does require a continuous payment, however as I mentioned, if you're playing an aggro deck that has blue in it (and aren't playing much in the way of control) then you can just play the cards during your turn. And that way you've freed up an additional cards slot.

March 11, 2021 11:03 p.m.

plakjekaas says... #6

Be sure to keep the Orrery in every blue deck that runs Fabricate , Whir of Invention , Tezzeret the Seeker and other artifact tutors, if you really do want to play it in every game you can.

March 12, 2021 5:33 a.m.

shadow63 says... #7

Theres fewer cards that blow up enchantments then artifacts

March 12, 2021 9:58 a.m.

DemonDragonJ says... #8

shadow63, I shall use the leyline instead of the orrery for my decks that I am still in the process of constructing, and change my existing decks gradually, as there is no dire need to replace those cards by any specific point in time.

March 12, 2021 4:10 p.m.

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