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Sunglasses of Urza
Reviewed April 19, 2005
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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.
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
Constructed Rating: 2.0
Casual Rating: 2.0
Limited Rating: 3.0
Game Store owner in CA, ShuffleAndCut
Multiple M:TG Pro Tour Appearances
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.
Game Store owner in
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.
casual, retardedly useful if you're blending
Red and White.
Constructed - 3