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Dream Leash

Reviewed December 06, 2005

Constructed: 2
Casual: 2.25
Limited: 2.16

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Jeff Zandi

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Dream Leash

In limited, you would probably rather pay one more colorless mana for a Confiscate that can take control of ANY permanent. The problem is NOT that Dream Leash can't target enough permanents, it can get almost any card your opponent is likely to play. The problem is that when your opponent plays a giant monster, and you have the ability to take control of that creature, you don't want to have to wait until after that creature has swung at you once. Another hidden downside of this card is that since it will always be tapped when you take control of it, you have to wait ONE MORE TURN before you can use the card that you went to so much trouble to take control of.

Does that make any sense? Despite all this grumbling, Dream Leash is a great card for Ravnica limited formats. For constructed play, Dream Leash just doesn't make the cut. Just play Confiscate instead.


Paul Hagan

Dream Leash

Ew. It's like Confiscate, but a lot worse. Why is this only able to be played when the target is tapped? Is that really necessary? As the card is an enchantment with no extra abilities attached, it already has a big strike against it. The somewhat high mana cost at five is also an issue, considering it wasn't too long ago that we could take control of creatures in Standard by tapping a Vedalken Shackles and paying two mana.

I suppose in limited, when players may be less prepared for the "surprise enchantment" that only lands after their big threat has turned sideways, this card could be useful. Go ahead and play it if you get it, since you can generally take your opponents' bombs away from them...the turn after they go off. Sigh.

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


Dream Leash
Another nice control card for Rav block limited. It can be a bit frustrating at times, as you can't use it until the permanent is tapped, so in some cases, you have to wait for the big, bad, nasty creature to hit you in the face before you can grab it for yourself. There also tends to be a lot of sacrificial effects in Rav, so often Dream Leash turns into a removal card - fine with me for the most part. Favorite Dream Leash incident:  Playing my sealed deck Blue/Black discard build, I Leashed my opponent's Vulturous Zombie. Yummy. He scooped.
Not really for tournament, as it's too expensive, and too limited by the tapped requirement. In casual, I suppose it could find a deck that steals permanents, just for fun and amusement.
Pojo Note: 12-12-05  Adrian Sullivan won the Wisconsin State Title using this card in his deck.  He'd hit an opponent's card with Icy Manipulator and Dream Leash it.  Nice. 
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