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Academy Ruins
Time Spiral

Reviewed November 03, 2006

Constructed: 2.91
Casual: 3.48
Limited: 2.06

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Academy Ruins

I'm likely to give this card a much lower rating than the other reviewers today, and I'm fine with that. I'm just having some problems figuring out where I'd want to play it. I haven't put enough thought into it I suppose. But, when it comes to lands, if it's not quickly obvious how to use them, they usually don't see a lot of tournament play.

Constructed: 1.5
Casual: 2
Limited: 1


Academy Ruins

Well, it's not Tolarian Academy anymore, but it's still pretty solid. It's strictly better than an Island, so that buys it immediate entry into any blue deck with artifacts. I see the embryo of an infinite loop here, but I doubt it's in Limited, where artifacts aren't too plentiful or useful. But I'm just grateful there aren't any Spellbombs in Standard anymore--- oh wait, there's Chromatic Star. Crap.

Constructed- 4.5
Casual- 4.9
Limited- 3

Jordan Kronick

Academy Ruins

I've spent hours discussing this card and how best to turn it into the machine of destruction that it's non-ruined self once was. It might be hard, but there's ways to use it. My current thought is to combine the power of this card with the power of another recent blue powerhouse - Counterbalance. It's not Sensei's Divining Top, but it might work. Keep your eyes on Academy Ruins. It probably won't be burning up the draft tables (though I'll be happily proved wrong on that one) but it's just the kind of card that finds its home in a control oriented blue deck. And those are my favorite kind.

Constructed Rating - 3.0
Casual Rating - 3.0
Limited Rating - 2.6

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


Academy Ruins

Volrath's Stronghold for artifacts. I don't see this being that big of a deal in standard, but in extended, legacy, and vintage, this should get played. It is abusive with many cards from Tangle Wire to Disk, and is a strong candidate for any blue deck that has artifacts in it. It might even find its way into Affinity builds in extended, although that might be pushing it a bit.

In casual, this will be used in anything that plays blue and artifacts. A very fun card.

In limited, there aren't enough artifacts to take advantage of this.

Constructed - 4
Casual - 4
Limited - 1

Matt Cortez

Academy Ruins

Constructed - I don't see this making a huge splash in constructed. The fact that it's legendary hurt's it and my own personel beef is the fact that it doesn't add blue instead of colorless. The art shows it's at the bottom of the freakin ocean! That's more island then a lot of other thing's.

Casual - There might be some deck's with this. This is card that fan's of Mirrodin will love to add into the deck's.

Limited - I wouldn't pick this. There's not very many artifact's in the set worth playing this for. Again it should add a blue to bring the flavor of The original card this was based on. Not worth it.

Constructed - 2.0
Casual - 3.0
Limited - 2.0
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