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Prismatic Strands 
Judgment Common

Reviewed May 8, 2003

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Prismatic Strands

Constructed: 3
Limited: 3
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While it seems a bit high costed at first for 2W, it does have some distinct goodness built in. For one, it doesn't just prevent 1 source of damage. It prevents all sources of a color "this turn". So if your opponent is playing mono red, you could block to your heart's content, then spring Strands on him. His guys die, your guys are sitting pretty.  Also nice against burn. And the great thing is that it flashes back!  You'll get two uses out of it.  Flashback like this is good card economy.

In limited, it's a nice surprise to add to your deck if you go white. Mid pick.

Constructed: 3
Limited: 3.75

Judge Bill

An interesting effect. A one sided fog if you are playing a mono-colored deck, and it stops the burn as well. Maybe useful as Moment's Peace #5-8 in a Wake deck, if you need them.
In draft, the fact that it is one sided is huge. Typically, you will block (or attack) with this in mind, and make the combat very unfavorable.
Constructed: 2.5
Limited: 4


Prismatic Strands is simply broken. For a small cost you get a super version of Pay No Heed AND Fog. Oh yeah, you can cast it twice. Not so good in formats with multiple colors.

Constructed - Lots of multicolor decks but if the metagame shifts the right way a stunning card to stall the game - 3.55

Limited - Everyone has at least 2 colors so not as good but it makes for great combat tricks so it evens out - 3.55

PEZ - Almost every deck is only 1 color, play 4 - 4.95


Prismatic Strands

Prismatic Stands is a very playable common, that can frustrate speedy decks
that are only one color.  This card is completely anti red and black that
it's not even funny, because niether of them can do anything about it, and
it just rips the heart out of each deck.  MBC has problems with it, because
they will tap out for their tricks, and Strands will leave them open.  The
same will happen to Goblin Sligh also.

In limited, it's a nice stall card that can buy a few turns for white when
needed.  The problem is that color is more divirse in draft, and the odds of
a creatures from 2 different colors being in play to smash you is very real.
  Still considerably useful, though.

Constructed - 2.7/5.0 (Very Very Very good... at the right times.)
Limited - 3.0/5.0 (Again, situational, but can break games when used right.)

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