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Pojo's Magic The Gathering
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Pojo's Average Rating -
Constructed: 1.69 (8 Reviews)
Limited: 1.51 (7 Reviews)
Reviewed March 28, 2002

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Transcendence's flavor text should say, "Break me, I dare you." Its definately a combo card waiting to happen. Until that point, it has a very narrow scope. Because it doesn't say, "When Transcendence leaves play, you lose the game," its much better than the Lichs. But its still not that playable. Broken rating? Unknown. Limited 2. Constructed, 1.


TOO MANY WORDS. Essentially this card is... poop? If you take 10 damage (and were at zero life) then you lose. The only way to make this work is with another card that you can use to lose life, but then you gain it back... AUGH.
Usefulness Rating: -43
Constructed Rating: 1
Limited Rating: 0


First my apologizes to my readers for not submitting yesterday. Suffice to say that collecting unemployment in Texas is worse than getting a job. Now on to today's card, Transcendence.
First, I don't have a great understanding of this card. So at least today I have an excuse for being dumb instead of just my lack of skills. But I do have a crazy T2 idea in my head about playing white weenie with this at Regionals. I'm sure the other Texas Guildmages will talk me out of it but...who knows. Under a very specific set of deck build rules this card can be good in constructed. BUT the cost is huge and it is virtually unplayable unless you know those rules. I asked my friend Bil Payne to write those up for me but he hasn't gotten around to it yet so you probably should just ignore it altogether.
In limited it is just to expensive and very much too limiting.
Constructed 1.5
Limited 1
US Nationals Qualifier Tip for Today- Build your own deck. I have missed one regionals since 1996 and I can tell you that if you want to go to Disney in July and you aren't already invited then ignore net decks, Not the ideas behind the deck but the card for card duplication of them. I have seen tons of people get down to the last few rounds and lose because they didn't understand how to sideboard the latest net craze. Although there are a few exceptions you should always build what you understand.


I can't even give an honest review of this card.  It has so much potential, but hasn't been used and abused yet.

In limited, you definitely take it.  Maybe you take it with a 4th or 5th pick.

Constructed: 2.8
Limited: 2.6

Andrew Chapman

I completely think this card will be broken at some point, but I thought that of Delaying Shield, too. It's easily based on combo, but what will it work with?

In Limited, it just doesn't work. Trust me, I tried. Constructed: 3 (with potential)

Limited: 1 (with no further potential)

John B

None of the combos with Transcendance are realistic in a format they are legal in. As far as I can see, the only practical way to use this card is as a freakish lifegain spell, much like Crumbling Sanctuary. 2


Limited *
Constructed *

Some joker will try to figure out some way to turn this card into a killer combo. Some joker will waste a bunch of time and eventually fail.

Judge Bill

Effectively, this card reads, "Your life is now 20-x, where x is your previous life total." It may have its combo uses, and yes, you can again reverse its effect again by bouncing/Disenchanting/etc. it, but that would be another 4 slots dedicated to a nearly useless card. 

In limited, it gives you the same lifegain trick. However, the potential 15-19 life swing this card would give you is a little better here than in constructed.

Constructed: 1.25
Limited: 2


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