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Ancestral Vision
Time Spiral

Reviewed November 02, 2006

Constructed: 3.53
Casual: 4.4
Limited: 4.12

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Ancestral Vision

This card is reasonably solid. If you are playing a slower deck, you likely plan to draw cards at some point. So, I suppose whether you draw them right then, or four turns from the time you cast Ancestral Vision, it's not a huge deal. It's slightly less convenient, but you are getting 3 cards. And combo players are sure to love this card. If you get it early, you are likely to get those cards on the critical turn.

Constructed: 4
Casual: 3
Limited: 3.5


Ancestral Vision

Draw three cards. This effect has always been awesome. It's worth waiting for. Especially when it's "target player draws three cards", so in an Underworld Dreams deck you can use it to finish off opponents.

Constructed- 4
Casual- 4
Limited- 3.5

Jordan Kronick

Ancestral Vision - Far different from yesterday's Suspend offering, Ancestral Vision is a great card. It's incredibly cheap and has a very powerful effect. The only cost is time. But it also comes from a color where time should be your friend. If this were a red card, (aside from the odd color choice) it would be out of place because red likes to win *now*. Blue can wait a few turns. Cast this and then protect your board and eventually you'll get a return on your investment. That's how blue plays, and this card is blue to the core.

Constructed Rating - 3.2
Casual Rating - 3.0
Limited Rating - 2.8

Nick Tan

Ancestral Vision

The new Ancestral Recall… and again, nowhere as good as the original. The thing about Vision is that you want to draw it in the early game so that you’ll get your 3 cards somewhere in the mid-to-late game. If you get it too late, you’ll find that the effect will be just too slow for you to take any real advantage. And with cards like Compulsive Research, Perilous Research, Careful Consideration, and even Whispers of the Muse hanging around, I’m ready to say that they’re more reliable sources of card draw in this format.

Constructed: 2.5
Casual: 4
Limited: 2.8


Ancestral Vision

The suspend version of Ancestral Recall. Like yesterday's card, this is very slow, but slow is okay for blue decks. The only problem is that you HAVE to play it the slow way, so drawing this late hurts a lot. It IS cheap card drawing, though, so you might see a couple of copies (although not more than 2) get played in blue control decks. I doubt it, though.

In casual, it draws 3 for 1 and doesn't cost several hundred bucks. It's slow, but it'll get used.

In limited, I'd play this. It is slow, but it only costs 1, and slow is okay. It can even deck your opponent if you can't win the ground war.

Constructed - 2.5
Casual - 3
Limited - 3

Gackley Ferguson

Today's card much like yesterday's card can only be played by utilizing it's suspend cost. However, unlike yesterday's card, today's spotlight shines on a card that has much, much more uses.

Ancestral vision is simply this: you cast it on turn one (blue doesn't have many good one drop creatures) and then four turns later you get to draw 3 cards no questions asked. What's not to love?

Constructed 5/5
Casual 5/5
Limited 5/5

Again, all three formats get the same review. Getting three extra cards for one blue, is nothing to sneeze at.
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