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"Undermine is like a counterspell where I kick you in the face and punch you in the nuts at the same time" -Mason Peatross

Pojo's Average Rating -
Constructed: 4.01 (10 Reviews)
Limited: 3.66 (9 Reviews)
Reviewed April 15, 2002

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I love this card personally, and I'm fairly certain I'm not alone.  Counter
your spell and smash for face for 3?  In constructed, its effect was most
prominent in the Nether-Go archetype, and could possibly see a rise again. 
Its not perfect due to its 3 mana cost, but most U/B decks could easily fit
4 in without breaking a sweat.  In limited if you're playing this color
combination, its a first pick.  Its probably a first pick just because of
its trade/sell value.  C: 4, L:3.5


Undermine is like a counterspell where I kick you in the face and punch you in the nuts at the same time, all Jet Li style. Not only am I taking out your spell, I'm going to your dome.
I like that in a card.
Ninja rating: Stealthy garotting of the neck.
Limited Rating: 4
Constructed Rating: 4


I'm not a huge fan of counter cards.  However, when I think about playing them, these are the kind that I like.  As old schoolers would say...this is "some good."  The only down side to this card is it's casting cost, and the truth is, that's not so hard to overcome.

As for's a no brainer.  If you are playing those colors, take it.  If you're not...put it on the boat and ship it.

Constructed: 3.8
Limited: 3.0


You know, there is a warm, fuzzy feeling you get south of the border when your opponent is at 3, and you have an Undermine in hand.  When killing is your game, Undermine is your man.  If you like the counterspells, Undermine is your friend.  I like countering stuff.  I like killing people.  I like Undermine.

Constructed - 4.5
Limited - 4.0
Current Price - $

Judge Bill
A good counterspell, finding its home in many a U/B deck. The loss of life also helps against things like Worship and CoPs, and often helps finish someone off.
In limited, a counterspell is always helpful, but having a 2 color counterspell makes it a bit tougher to be in your deck. If you're playing U/B though, I'd definately play this.
Constructed: 4.5
Limited: 3.5

John B

  In a type 2 control deck that doesn't aim to win ASAP, 3 mana is not too much to pay for a counterspell variant.  The side effect of bringing you closer to winning is nice. 3.5


limited ***  
Constructed ****

I've always enjoyed running a good B/U control deck, and Undermine is one of the reasons why.  A definite "aggro-control" card as it allows you to stop almost any spell as it's cast... and at the same time you punish the opponent for trying to cast the spell!!  Combine a few Undermines with Yawgmoth's Agenda and you've got a solid road to victory.

Andrew Chapman

Undermine packs two great abilities into one.
Countering an opponent's spell and making your
opponent lose life.  Both effects have no options.
The spell only casting three mana (the specificity is
negligable now due to the many lands we have) makes
even more wonderful.

In Limited this is a great spell, too.  Counter your
opponen't best spell and make them lose three of their
precious life points.  Good deal!

Constructed: 4
Limited: 4


Almost broken and it would be if it didn't require BUU. A counterspell that give you a free lightning bolt to the other guys dome for 1 more than a regular counter is excellent. If absorb had not been in the same set Undermine would be rated higher by players.
In limited the only question is are you playing these 2 colors ? If the answer is yes it becomes a very high pick.
Constructed- 4.25
Limited- 4.5
Congrats to all of you who will be visiting the mouse as a result of your play Saturday. Props to my buddies Aaron Rezepka, Hai Bing "Asian Jesus" Hoo, and Zach "TD king" Karthauser for surviving vs. 460 or so others to win in the South Regional.
A big boo to the cheater who was caught in the late rounds with sleeves so marked 3 different judges could tell what each card was. You should be forced to publicly apologize to the honest people who you screwed out of a shot at Nationals. I hope the DCI suspends you for a long time. After all, weren't you also DQed out of Grand Prix Houston for cheating ? Props to Jim Shuman and the other judges who took the proper action and are helping to rid our community of cheating scum bags.


Limited: 4 Stars
Constructed: 3 1/2 Stars

I really like both Undermine and Absorb since they
have such great effects, except that they are a little
slow in Extended or Type 1.  I really like countering
in Limited, and will usually take any counter-magic
fairly highly.  Another helping fact is that Undermine
is U/B, a very popular color combo to draft in
Invasion block.

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