I have heard Memory Lapse trashed
so many times its sad! Memory Lapse has always been my favorite card, and I'm
going to try and explain why.
Counter target spell.
Put it on top of its owners library instead of in
The first thing that jumped out at me when I saw
this card was the casting cost.
A cost like that allows it to be put into any
deck that can support blue.
The second thing is the
Obviously this card won't be optimal in just any
deck, but others can abuse it.
'Turbo Chevy' and 'Blue Chevy' both love this
Because the casting cost is great, and the deck
draws LOTS of cards in a single turn.
A Memory Lapse in these decks gives you time to
search for a better answer.
In my testing I have found Memory Lapse to be
priceless in certain combo decks. Why?
Lets say your using a B/R combo or something
similar. Memory Lapse allows you to back it up with counters; without totally
wrecking your mana base. 4x Memory Lapse and 4x Arcane Denial Can allow you to
stall, and protect your combo, and still not slow you down considerably.
Finally, Memory Lapse is flexible. It is a stall
counter to the core, but there are times when it is more :~)
It can be used as a really crappy way to keep
you from decking an extra turn. Obviously, this is a poor and unreliable method,
but you never put Lapse in your deck because of this. It's just a neat bonus
trick that will only come in handy 1 out of 1,000 games.
The card can also be used to counter BAD cards.
You will find that some opponents will play Raging Goblins on turn 17; even if
it will do them no real good. MEMORY LAPSE IT! Teach that guy a lesson for being
a poor player. Next turn he'll have to draw it again! Again, this isn't ground
breaking, but its nice to know you have the option.
Memory Lapse also has one more trick. It is
sometimes a 1U Time Walk. If your opponent taps out to play one card, and you
lapse it, then they basicially skipped that turn and showed you the top card of
their library! I must stress, I'm not an idiot and I don't think this sort of
stuff makes the card good. Its just another way of using it.
So, I hope I've shown that in the proper deck
Memory Lapse is VERY good due to its casting cost. Also, in addition, I hope I
have shown that it has many tricks that make it valuable in those same
Reasons to use Memory Lapse
1. You draw ALOT of cards in a single turn and
2. You want a way to stall, or protect, but
don't want to ruin you mana base with UU casting cost stuff.
3. You have one of the above decks, and want
some extra situational uses and tricks out of your cards.
I Understand Force of Will, Thwart, Foil, and
Counterspell are better in mono blue. I also know that Undermine and Absorb are
better if you use the apropriate decks. I was just trying to show Memory Lapse
is a Common that CAN be better if used properly with a great CC.
You can E-mail me and I will respond, but don't
bother if your going to call me an idiot, or be a real big jack
Thanks for reading this far,