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Fact or Fiction

Pojo's Average Rating -
Constructed: 4.90 (5 Reviews)
Limited: 4.70 (5 Reviews)
Reviewed August 26, 2002

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Some cards are just too good to print and FoF is one of them. In my memory
almost every blue card that allowed multiple card drawing completely upset
the color balance in the game. A card which cost 3U and lets you get at
least one of the 5 top cards in your library and usually more is way to
cheap, then, of course, it's an instant adds up to a great card. It is a 5
in every format.




Good lord this card is good.  The card advantage alone is nuts, but in combination with Threshold and Flashback, not to mention things like Wonder, Genesis, and Glory, this card is a monster.  It's been ridiculous from the day it was printed, and it will continue to be ridiculous until the day it rotates out.  The 3rd best blue uncommon ever printed (behind Mana Drain and Force of Will).

Not QUITE as dominant in limited due to the more uniqueness of the format, but I still would play it if going blue, and consider going blue if I had it.

Constructed: 5
Limited: 4.5
Current Price: $4.20


Limited: 4
Constructed: 4 1/2

I'm so incredibly glad that FoF got printed in
Invasion instead of Odyssey.  Can you imagine this in
the block version of Speculation?  Absolutely nuts.
Oh, by the way, if it gets banned in Type 1, it's
usually good in constructed formats.  It's definitely
not terrible in limited, either, since it's extremely
splashable and works with the U/R/B color combo that
is great in Invasion drafting.  Oh, and it's an
instant.  I love Blue.

Judge Bill

Um, yeah. Instant card drawing for Blue, and it lets you dig 5 cards deeper
in your library. Add in the Fact that your opponent has to divvy the piles,
and mistakes happen. So it ends up being pure Fiction that this card is
anywhere near balanced. This card has led to R&D saying that they will not
be printing any more aggresively costed blue card drawing instant spells ...
they will either cost a lot more, or they will be sorceries. See Deep
Analysis for what the best of the future looks like.

There's a reason they've restricted this in type 1.

Constructed: 5+
Limited: 5+


Fact or Fiction is mad card drawing.  For 4 mana, you have the possibility of getting 3 cards at instant speed, or fewer cards with higher quality to them.  Most of all, you manage to put your opponent on the spot, and can cause them to over analyze certain situations merely because they let you have something. The only two major downfalls to Fact or Fiction is that your opponent controls what you can get, and now knows what a large part of your hand.  Still, it gets a 5 in constructed.  This didn't see so much play for nothing.

In limited, you opened this, you took it.  Rarely was there something better in a pack (unless of course you opened a dragon legend.)  It is major card drawing for a deck that could use it, and going from how draft decks are, you're game winner could come up much faster as well.  A 5 in limited as well.

Fletcher P.

What more can be said about a card that gets more press than any other?

Essentially for U3 you always get a minimum of 3 cards. Now, your opponent gets to select these 3 cards, and you might choose the 2 card pile, but Inspiration is not even that good. With Psychatog, its even worse. A 5 in all categories, even restricted in Type 1.


What is there to say about this card that hasn't already been said.  It's obviously good in constructed.  It's in almost any deck that has blue, minus a few super aggro decks. 

In limited, it's pretty good.  It's probably not a first pick, but you're never gonna be upset to draw it if you do take it :)

Constructed: 4.4
Limited: 4


Fact or Fiction. This card is all about the argument over whether or not R&D should make cards that are too good. This card is TOO good. Maybe if it were a sorcery? Maybe if it cost more mana? Maybe if it were double blue in the casting cost? I don't know, but they made this card way to easy to use, and it punishes dumb opponents.

Limited: 5
Constructed: 5

Alex H.

Over here in England its a holiday today and I want to still be in bed so I'll keep this brief.

Great card. A no brainer in any blue deck. What were Magic R&D thinking? Blah blah...

Constructed - 5

Limited - 5


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