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Krosan Grip
Time Spiral

Reviewed December 18, 2007

Constructed: 3.20
Casual: 2.50
Limited: 2.50

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Krosan Grip

Is destroying an artifact or an enchantment really worth three mana? It wasn't when it was Sundering Vitae, and that you didn't even have to pay full price for. It wasn't when it was Rending Vines, and that was a cantrip? So why is this getting so much play in the high level tournaments? Because it can't be countered, and the pros are terrified of counterspells.

It seems to me that for a card like this, burning a counterspell would be just as productive as actually killing an artifact or enchantment... unless of course it's a card like Worship, which flat-out stops you from winning. If you really need it to resolve, it's worth it. But how badly do you need it to resolve?

Constructed- 3
Casual- 2
Limited- 1.5

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Krosan Grip

Naturalize was always a good card (and no matter what anyone tells you, it is the correct color), so a version that's functionally uncounterable was always going to be good. The only wrinkle is that it costs three mana, so can sometimes be awkward in a deck with a low land count. But usually it's just an uncounterable Naturalize.

Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 2/5

#1 Magic Noob in Canada since 2002
Krosan Grip

There's hardly anything played right now that requires a Krosan Grip to destroy it. But it's still a worthy sideboard card if your area is flooded with enchantments and/or artifacts. T2 is pretty creature heavy right now in terms of enchantments which lowers the power of this card.

In limited, it's not an early pick but still decent sideboard material for a later pick, just in case someone has many of that rebel Pacifism card, which weirdly I forgot what it's called.

Constructed: 2.5/5
Casual: 2.5/5
Limited: 2.5/5
Meb9000 12/18

Krosan Grip

As we continue are look at green cards, we come to Krosan Grip, one of the powerful Split-Second spells from Time Spiral.

For me, this card has been quite invaluable in the sideboard of any deck that can support its colors. Being able to get rid of a problem artifact or enchantment while laughing at counter walls or weird tricks in response. This alone has given frustrated players everywhere a weapon against No Stick.dec in extended while being a pain to Sacred Mesa or other enchantments in Standard. This is a strong yet simple utility card that has its distinct purpose to fulfill.

Constructed: 4/5
Limited: 3.75/5

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