How is Guttural Response a Break?
Posted on Nov. 16, 2019, 1:23 a.m. by DemonDragonJ
Mark Rosewater has stated multiple times that Guttural Response breaks the color pie, but I do not see how it does, since it is so limited that I feel that it is perfectly within the capabilities of red and green.
What does everyone else say about this? Do you believe that Guttural Response is a break in the color pie? Why or why not?
It's not a matter of power level or flexibility, it's that counterspells are almost always blue. Off the top of my head, the only other exceptions are Mana Tithe , Lapse of Certainty , and Dash Hopes .
November 16, 2019 1:28 a.m.
November 16, 2019 1:32 a.m.
Typically red will redirect or copy spells, rather than countering (yes, I'm aware that Red Elemental Blast is a card), however in modern times we see a lot more cards like Reverberate , Ricochet Trap , Bolt Bend , etc. Green on the other hand just forces their spells through with stuff like Autumn's Veil , Veil of Summer , Savage Summoning , Prowling Serpopard , etc.
And when you put them together, you get stuff like Vexing Shusher , who is the epitome of red/green.
November 16, 2019 1:59 a.m.
You can use flavor to validate just about anything so it really isn't a valid reason.
November 16, 2019 7:36 a.m.
Dash Hopes and Mana Tithe were both printed in Planar Chaos - a set that was focused on breaking the color pie (also: Damnation ). RG has no business having a hard counter. That said, I love Guttural Response . Countering a cryptic with that is just ... oh so good lol
November 16, 2019 9:34 a.m.
The problem with Guttural Response is not the fact that it is an anti-Blue Counterspell for ; the problem is that it is an anti-Blue Counterspell for as well. That’s where it breaks the colour pie.
November 16, 2019 11:45 a.m. Edited.
November 16, 2019 5:19 p.m.
Nights_Loser, I agree with you about that.