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Sunglasses of Urza
Revised Edition

Reviewed April 19, 2005

Constructed: 2.00
Casual: 2.50
Limited: 2.00

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* Game Store Owner

Sunglasses of Urza - Tuesday
This is a card that new players always seem to think it good.  Unfortunately, when we get better, we all realize that is not that good.  And if we really want multi-colored mana, we simply play spells or lands that can get us those colors.  It lessens the odds of a card being stranded in your hand.  It was OK for the early days of Magic, but it's terrible now.
Constructed: 1.5
Casual: 1.5
Limited: 1.5

Paul Hagan

Sunglasses of Urza --
I'm honestly having trouble rating this card.  I know that if I were to use it in limited in a red-white deck, it would be stellar, as it saves you from potential mana-screw situations.  But once I hit constructed and casual play, I'm stuck in the middle.  On one hand, Sunglasses of Urza can save you from mana-screw (just as in Limited), it can allow you to play cards with a lot of one color in the cost (stuff like Kiki-Jiki or Dawn Elemental), and you don't have to worry about being able to pay for anything.  On the other hand, is Sunglasses of Urza worth more than a well-constructed mana base?  I rarely have trouble getting the right color of mana over the course of several games, and this comes without Sunglasses of Urza eating up one to four slots in my deck.
In the end, I'm going to give this card a fairly low rating in constructed and casual, as it has limited use and I think that by making your deck correctly the first time, you don't really need to have Sunglasses of Urza.
Constructed Rating: 2.0
Casual Rating: 2.0
Limited Rating: 3.0

* Game Store owner in CA, ShuffleAndCut
Multiple M:TG Pro Tour Appearances

Sunglasses of Urza:

This card, IMHO, was created for one purpose - screw over Conversion (it's an old white enchantment that turns mountains into Plains). Did I ever play with it? I actually did have in in a sideboard once. But, eventually I figured out that if you're playing mono-red and they're running conversion, you could just play Disenchant in your board instead - they can kill the Sunglasses, but you can kill the Conversion. The card has some awesome cool value, but not a lotta play value.

Maybe I could see this seeing some play in limited if you were really splashing around into red, but overall, a waste.

Constructed: 1.5
Limited: 1.5


Game Store owner in CA, ShuffleAndCut

Sunglasses of Urza
Fun stuff....you'll have to ask Judge Bill or Scott why.  Obviously a nice way to have White blend in some Red mana.  Very old school, so you won't be seeing Sunglasses in limited play...if you do, please invite me to sit with you.
In casual, retardedly useful if you're blending Red and White.
Constructed - 3
Casual - 4
Limited - haha
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