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Vedalken Orrery 
Fifth Dawn Rare

Reviewed May 13, 2004

Constructed: 3
Casual: 3.5
Limited: 2.3

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* game store owner in CA, ShuffleAndCut

Oof...An amazing ability that could change the face of the game.  Unfortunately, its relatively high casting cost will probably prevent it from a dominate place in a mainstream deck.

In limited, it's pretty good. Since limited games tend to carry on longer, having the ability to play creatures as an instant at anytime is crazy good.  The surprise factor, or even the POTENTIAL of it, will cause your opponent to play differently and most likely less optimally.

In casual, this has fun abusive combo written all over it.  Not sure what will evolve from it just yet, but I'm sure Spike will find something crazy to do with it! 

Constructed: 3
Casual: 4
Limited: 3.5
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Vedalken Orrery - Fifth Dawn - TBA

Judge Bill

*Level 2
MTG Judge

*game store employee

At first, there was Vernal Equinox. The symmetry of that crad, along with the limiting to certain types of cards, left that card without a home.
Now, we have a card that will truly let you play ANY spell as an instant. And no, your opponent doesn't get to play too.
I have a feeling that someone will make up a very abusive deck with this card. I can't see it, but a one sided powerful effect usually doesn't go unabused for too long these days.
In limited, it doesn't give you enough "oomph" to warrent the slot.
I can pretty much guarantee this will get a lot of play in casual. A big, splashy effect usually does.
Constructed: 4.5
Casual: 5
Limited: 1

Ray "Monk"
* Level 3 DCI Judge
*DCI Tournament Organizer
*Game Store Owner (Gamer's Edge)

Vedalken Orrey


Yesterday I talked about how I did not look at Staff of Domination as an engine card. Well, thatís ok, because I would consider this card one. The ability to play ANY CARD as an instant, be it artifact, equipment, enchantment, creature, or sorcery, breaks a fundamental rule of Magic, and itís the cards that break the rules of Magic that become engine cards. While it does not grant the free aspect that Aluren does, it has the same potential for different cards. If nothing else, it forces the opponent into playing a game they are unfamiliar with, and for that reason alone can win you games, as they make a critical mistake not knowing what you can do when the card is in play. Thereís a lot of potential for this card in a lot of places.


Constructed:                 3

Casual:                         3

Limited:                        1


2 Grand Prix Top 8's

Multiple Pro Tour appearances

Everyoneís first response was to go, ďOooh!  Instant Wrath of God!Ē  While that actually might be a decent thought in another environment, I really donít see this making any sort of impact in real tournament Magic.  Itís too slow, it doesnít offer any sort of additional cards; basically, I think that this is probably best in control mirror-matches, and there simply arenít enough of those to make a world of difference.  This is completely ignoring the amounts of artifact-hate that are running around nowadays as well.


Maybe this has a fun role in group and emporer-style games; I can see this working out nicely there.  Other casual formats could just use this for fun; itís certainly going to be amusing to spit out random creatures and sorceries whenever you feel like it.  I wouldnít bother considering this for Mental or Prismatic, however.


This is something thatíll probably make its way to you very, very late in drafts, unless youíre feeling in a mood to be very cute or you are rare-drafting.  It isnít a terribly functional card, other than to allow you to perform amusing combat tricks with creatures in your hand.  On that merit alone, I see it having a little use, but thatís amusement more than practicality speaking.


Constructed:  2.0

Casual:  3.0

Limited:  2.0




At first glance, this card looks ridiculous.  I'm not sure what to think of it honestly.  Speculation went rampant on Upwelling a while back and look what happened.  I'm going to go with conservative ratings on this one and wait it out.
Constructed: 2.5
Casual: 2
Limited: 1.5

Jeff Zandi

5 Time Pro Tour

Level 2 Judge

Vedalken Orrery
The ability that this artifact provides to play any non-land card in your
hand as an instant is very powerful, indeed. The problem is that you have to
give up your third or fourth turn in order to cast Vedalken Orrery. Passive
combo cards like this usually end up seeming like fairly good ideas but
generally fail to end up in really good decks. In limited, giving up your
third or fourth turn by tapping out to cast this card seems really bad. Once
the Orrery is in play, it certainly would be fun to watch your opponent
continually afraid to attack into you when you have a lot of untapped mana.
For many intents and purposes, this card works a little like cards that give
your creatures Haste. Those cards never caught on much in many formats
constructed or limited. Everybody knows I am not the combo king, so it's
hard for me to like this card, I'd have to say that this card is card
disadvantage, and we don't like card disadvantage.
CASUAL:            3.0
LIMITED:            2.5

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Vedalken Orrery

I don't know what to make of this card.  It seems pretty good.  Play
anything you want as an instant.  Wrath as an instant.  Play all blue card
drawing spells as an instant.  Any power of a sourcery at an instant.  To do
that for 4 mana isn't that bad of a price.  Super fun in casual, though I'm
not sure how this will do in constructed.  4 mana might be too much...
though I would be willing to pay that for this effect.  I'm gonna say that
it's good however because there are so fez instants and to play something on
your opponents turn is very powerful.

In limited, I'd play it also. They swing with a fatty, then you immediately
play your puny creature to prevent the damage.

Constructed: 4
Casual: 4
Limited: 4

Vedalken Orrey scares me. Although a bit pricey it looks like it has great potential for abusive decks. I expect we will see it in use soon and it will pop up as a critical card in decks from now until the end of Magic. Maybe not a powerhouse but it allows many other cards to be abuseive.

Constructed - True potential for the thinking man - 3.5

Limited - Some benefit but not amazing - 2.5

Casual - Many combos will be really interesting during someone else's turn - 4.0


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