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Dampen Thought 
Champions of Kamigawa

Reviewed December 20, 2004

Constructed: 2.10
Casual: 2.70
Limited: 2.70

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Judge Bill

*Level 2
MTG Judge

*game store employee

Monday - Dampen Thought
Well, I picked the cards this week. Shoot me if you think my picks are bad.
First, we have a card from a very powerful limited archetype. Basically, if you open one of these in the first couple of packs, you start drafting all of the arcane spells you can, and just mill your opponent. It can be very effective, but without at least 2 of these and some card draw (an Eerie Procession can replace the second Dampen), you will just lose.
This card also shows the great potential of a splice deck in block. Eventually, by Saviors (the last set in the block), we should have enough splice cards to make a splice deck possible. This will probably be one of the cards that you will build that deck around (along with Glacial Ray).
For now, though, it's just a bit too weak to make the cut.
In casual, I'm sure you could make a splice deck right now that would abuse this perfectly, and it will only get better with time.
Constructed: 2.5 (now), 4.5 (when the full block is out)
Casual: 4
Limited: 4.5

Jeff Zandi

5 Time Pro Tour

Dampen Thought

This card is very similar to the uncommon from Scourge called Brain Freeze.
Inasmuch as neither card would be very interesting if all you could do was trade a card from your hand to put three or four cards into the graveyard from the top of a library, both cards have the ability to be reusable in one way or another. Brain Freeze, which only mills three cards, is more open-ended. Brain Freeze has Storm, the ability to put copies of Brain Freeze on the stack based on how many spells have already been played during the turn. Brain Freeze has provided an interesting way to run an opponent out of cards in constructed combo decks. Dampen Thought, though allowing you to mill four cards at a time, is much more difficult to optimize the use of in a constructed deck. Dampen Thought has an appealing Splice Onto Arcane cost of 1U, the same cost as the spell itself. Unfortunately, you have to fill a deck with Arcane spells in order to make Dampen Thought a serious weapon against a sixty card constructed deck.

In limited play, Dampen Thought is about as interesting as Brain Freeze was. Playing forty card limited decks, it might well be possible to play Dampen Thought several times against an opponent and realistically get rid of eight, twelve or even sixteen cards from their library. The real problem with Dampen Thought in limited, however, is the pace of Champions of Kamigawa limited formats.

Champions booster draft decks are often too fast for Dampen Thought to have a chance of making any difference in the game. Moreover, Dampen Thought has to take the place of either a creature or creature removal card in blue limited decks that are already light on removal spells.


Ray "Monk"
* Level 3 DCI Judge
*DCI Tournament Organizer
 Dampen Thought

Yeah yeah, we all saw the really cool Dampen Thought deck during the last big event, and watched the match coverage as it smashed the double dragon deck, but is this really a testimony to the card being good? Its not very good in constructed at all, and in limited you need two at the least, and three hopefully to actually try to build the mill deck, but since it's uncommon, the odds of two being opened in a draft are bad enough. The odds of you getting them both if they do get opened is even worse, although admittedly not by much. If the format was much slower it might be useful, but it general, the format makes this deck nothing more than a novelty.

Constructed: 1
Casual: 1
Limited: 2


* game store owner

 Monday - Dampen Thought

A few players have played around with this card in constructed decks. There hasn't been a ton of success shown though. Most of the good players know about this card being good in limited play when drafting cards to work around it. It's about middle of the line as far as "mill effect" cards go.

Constructed: 2
Limited: 3.5
Casual: 3
 Dampen Thought --

I'm not terribly impressed with Dampen Thought, but at the same time, I'm not quite sure what I should be looking for. I don't usually care for cards with this type of ability unless they are extremely effective, and Dampen Thought it sitting right on the edge of "effective". If you are wanting to build a Type II deck that mills, I suppose this card has to be where you start off, but I wouldn't be happy about it.

For casual play, I don't see Dampen Thought seeing much play, if only because of the wide variety of cards available that have similar abilities that are all around better (see: Grindstone, Millstone, Brain Freeze, etc.)

In limited, this card doesn't get to hang out in my deck unless I have a lot of Arcane spells, and even then, I had better have a lot of good blue. I like depriving my opponents of resources, but if it comes at the price of a slot, I need to make sure that I don't have anything better.

Constructed Rating: 2.5
Casual Rating: 1.5
Limited Rating: 2.0

 Van Zandt


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