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Force of Will 
Alliances Uncommon

Reviewed April 14, 2003

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1 being the worst.  3 ... average.  
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Good 'ole "Stop Spell".  This card is amazing, but not broken.  I have never once thought this card should be banned - it is actually, IMHO, balanced.  It possibly should be, "Pay 1 life, remove a blue card from your hand, pay 1 mana."  This way you know when they're tapped out, they're tapped out.  Then again, that was sort of the allure of this card.  You could tap all you want, and if you didn't mind getting 2 for 1ed plus a life, you stop something.  Despite the otherwise horrid casting cost, the card was and is a staple.  Simply put, the fact that this card stop things from out of the blue, and before you've even played a single mana makes it a staple in any environment it is legal.  On paper, it's terrible.  In reality, probably the best counterspell ever made, with the possible exception of Mana Drain, and that would be a fun debate.

In limited, not as solid.  Pitching a blue spell randomly is not as good, and it's not as needed to counter fast.  I might play it if I was defensive.

Constructed: 5
Limited: 3
Current Price:


The ultimate in Blue "I control you" slap you in the face. While in the current Type 2 environment, you must have mana open to counter something, Force of Will and other pitch counterspells, make it possible to counter anything, anytime, making it impossible for your opponent to be assured of getting their spell into play.

It's one of our highest priced uncommons, and for good reason.  In constructed, it's an amazing control card.  In limited, it's decent, but not as pivotal.

Constructed: 4.5
Limited: 3.75

Judge Bill

The orignal pitch counterspell. There's a reason this is still a card that is worth something, even though it is just Type 1 now. To be able to stop any play, regardless of whether it is your first turn or your 20th, without spending any mana is very strong.
Back when this was Type 2, I took second at states that year with a 3 color control deck, and it really abused this card.
In limited, this is decent, but not broken.
Constructed: 5 (More like 43256923578237, but 5 is the highest)
Limited: 2.5

 Van Zandt

Force of Will
It took them way too long to get rid of this card.  Thwart, foil, and rewind
were good enough,  if it's that important to counter you should pay  an
actual price, not just a brainstorm that was in your hand.  and it should
have required an island in play to start with (and of course dual lands
rotated out...), it got included in too many decks.  which is to say that
this card, while not necessarily "too" good, affected the extended
environment too much.  In limited... meh.  it's a bad counter... if you're
overly worried about a bomb, that's fine, otherwise...
limited 2.5
constructed 4.5


Force of Will – Perhaps the best counter ever made and definitely in the top three with Counterspell and Forbid. This counter is always useful, never a waste, and the biggest surprise in the world. Mono-blue that can use it should. Other decks that  splash Blue can probably use it as well depending on what the rest of the deck looks like. One of the bets cards ever printed and a must have.


Constructed – On the list of best cards ever – 5.00 (I think my first 5.00 ever)


Limited – Counters aren’t quite as good here but still a powerhouse – 3.95


PEZ – Well it uses a critical slot and its worth depends on the metagame – remember a lot of big decks aren’t really susceptible to counters (Sligh and Stompy) – 4.00

Scott Sager
04/14  Force of Will





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