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Aether Vial 
Darksteel Uncommon

Reviewed November 8, 2004

Constructed: 3.9
Casual: 4
Limited: 3.2

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Aether Vial


* game store owner in CA, ShuffleAndCut

So Aether Vial has found it's place in Extended formats, making appearances at Pro Tour Columbus.  Apparently with good reason.  In a deck built properly, you can abuse Vial's ability and get out some odd creatures at opportune times.  In limited, it's awesome.  It gives you the opportunity to get more creatures out faster.  If I had it available to me, I would probably add in a lot of card draw so I could get more creatures into my hand, and so, into play. Very very nice.

In casual, this puppy could really be fun.  Throw it in your dragon deck (say you wanted to play ALL the Invasion Legendary Dragons, like Darigaaz, even though they are all different colors... this could get them into play double time.  Or play it with a bunch of draw, like Counsel of the Soratami, etc., and a bunch of, say, good 4 drops.  You can get them into play double time. Fun fun, or I'm sure you can come up with some devious plan to abuse this card. =)

Constructed: 4
Casual: 5
Limited: 4.5

   Current Price:
Aether Vial - Darksteel - $2.94

   Combos Well With:
Darigaaz the Igniter - Invasion - $4.34
Crosis the Purger - Invasion - $4.42
Dromar the Banisher - Invasion - $4.43
Treva the Renewer
- Invasion - $4.62
Rith the Awakener - Invasion - $4.87
Counsel of the Soratami
- Champions of Kamigawa - $0.22

Judge Bill

*Level 2
MTG Judge

*game store employee

Well, it's finally time to get out of Kamigawa for a while. I'm sick of just Kamigawa cards. I've picked the next 2 weeks' cards from the top 8 decks of PT Columbus (with the exception of Friday of next week, which is an interesting card in a deck that didn't make top 8).
First, we start out with the winning deck, affinity. This happens to a key card in the deck, as being able to sneak in a Disciple (or Meddling Mage, as Pierre Canali did) without having to pay the mana cost is big. This is also an artifact, so it helps your affinity count as well as being sacable to Ravager when the time comes. If you're playing affinity, you should definitely play this card.
In limited, this helps you cheat on your mana. If you haven't drawn enough mana of a certain color to cast a card in your hand, this will let you do it. You could even use this to get out creatures with no mana of that color (although I wouldn't recommend that).
In casual, this would also seem like a good card - it would be able to throw off combat math.
Constructed: 5
Casual: 4
Limited: 4.5

Jeff Zandi

5 Time Pro Tour

Aether Vial
My first impression was that this card featured too narrow an ability to
include three or four in a constructed deck. I was wrong. This card has
become a powerful part of the very dominate Affinity deck for close to six
months now. Why is Aether Vial so good? It's great to be able to put
creatures into play at instant speed by doing nothing more than tapping an
Aether Vial, but the real reason Aether Vial is a winner is because it is,
essentially, an all-purpose mana accelerator for a cost of onely one mana.
(All-purpose as long as your deck contains creatures!) An Aether Vial with
three counters on it is basically a Mana Vault whose mana must be used to
cast a single creature. Of course, Aether Vial is subtle in that it puts
creatures into play seemingly without using mana. Aether VIal is good enough
for limited play if you have lots of creatures of similar mana costs.
CASUAL:           3.5
LIMITED:          3.0

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

Aether Vial


This is one of those cards that is talked about so much in Affinity that I almost feel silly talking about it. Play it in Affinity, nuff said. In Limited, itís a card slot you will waste on another creature you could have. In casual, itís actually a pretty fun card to build a deck around. I strongly suggest it for the fun value.


Constructed:                 3

Casual:                         4

Limited:                        1

Aether Vial --

No complaints at all about this card. It's cheap, it's efficiant, and it allows you to trick creatures into play. As long as you are playing a deck that can take advantage of this card, such as Affinity or maybe White Weenie, then it should probably be in the deck.

In limited, Aether Vial is a bit less effective, but I might consider putting it in my deck if I had a fair number of cards that cost the same amount. Otherwise, if you are all over the place on the mana curve, you might pass on this one.

Constructed Rating: 4.0
Casual Rating: 3.5
Limited Rating: 3.0

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