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Telling Time

Reviewed December 22, 2005

Constructed: 3
Casual: 2.5
Limited: 2.45

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Paul Hagan

Telling Time

Instant-speed card draw is a rare commodity these days, but Telling Time is one of those cards that provides it. Two mana for manipulating your next three cards is a decent-enough buy, and you have the ability to ditch the least useful of the bunch, a lack of which is often a downfall of cards with similar abilities. I have to rate Telling Time high for Constructed purposes, especially with Standard in mind. Once you start dipping into other formats, especially Casual, it lowers in quality due to the availability of better cards.

In limited, I rarely play much card draw, but Telling Time is one that I would gladly put into my deck. It isn't a first pick by a long-shot, but if you see if floating in the middle of the draft and you're in blue, it is a quality pick that you won't regret.

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

Jordan Kronick

Telling Time - Remember that aggressive blue-black deck I was talking about on Tuesday? Well, it's got four copies of Telling Time in it. I threw it in mostly to test the card that had so much hype when Ravnica was in the rumor mill, and I've been quite pleased with the results. Telling Time is more than just a digging spell like Impulse. It also sets up your next draw, which comes in handy more and more often. Sometimes you don't want just one card off a digging spell, and Telling Time offers you two. The easy casting cost and instant speed of TT put it right up there with the classics of quick cantrips like Opt, Serum Visions, Sleight of Hand and Impulse. Sure, it's no Brainstorm, but what is?

Constructed Rating - 3.5
Casual Rating - 3.0
Limited Rating - 2.4


Telling Time

A very decent card, and though you don't see it in many constructed builds, it does have a lot of casual fans. Card draw is always great, and this gives you a bit of a deck stack too.

Constructed - 3
Casual - 3
Limited - 3.5
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