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Venser, Shaper Savant
Future Sight

Reviewed May 11, 2007

Constructed: 3.00
Casual: 3.07
Limited: 3.63

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Jeff Zandi

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Venser, Shaper Savant
This card is a perfectly playable rare, good but certainly not great.
Mostly, all you get is a 2/2 for 2UU that can be played as an instant that
bounces a permanent or spell back to the hand of its owner. In limited, the
bounce ability will come in handy more often than in constructed. For
limited, there is nothing wrong with this card at all, other than the fact
that a card like this would ordinarily not be a rare. As a rare, Venser is a
card that limited players don’t really need to learn how to fit in their
decks very often. It is very cool that Venser is able to bounce a SPELL back
to its owner’s hand. That means that Venser is more than a bounce spell
turned into a creature that can be played as an instant, Venser is also a
bit of a counterspell, in the tradition of Memory Lapse or Remand. Since
Venser is not quite as good as either of these two spells, but costs twice
as much, the Shaper Savant is unlikely to see much play in constructed


Venser, Shaper Savant
I'm personally not happy with this card, because I believe counterspelling decks can get out of hand and this can counter Wreak Havoc and Scragnoth, and even a Hellbent Demonfire (but not Krosan Grip). This is likely the only counterspell you will ever leave four mana open for, simply because it's a 2/2 body and you can play it even without a spell on the stack to bounce a permanent. The question is: bounce a permanent, or wait for a nasty spell?
Constructed- 4
Limited- 4


Friday - Venser, Shaper Savant

A slightly tweaked Mystic Snake. He can't counter a spell like Mystic Snake, but he just delays the inevitable. He does have the bounce ability tacked on, which is the more likely ability to get played. However, he won't see play because U/G would rather use the Snake for the hard counter, and blue control already has Teferi and Remand which are both way better.

In limited, I'd probably take him if I had a decent blue base. It gives you a nice tempo boost.

Constructed - 2
Casual - 2
Limited - 3
David Fanany Venser, Shaper Savant

The more I think about Venser, the better he seems. He's the cheapest Man-o'-War variant we've had lately and are likely to have any time soon. Not only is he a Man-o'-War, though, he's also a Remand - a Remand that hits uncounterable spells like Scragnoth and Demonfire, and Obliterate and Urza's Rage (in Extended and casual play). I'm going to go out on a limb and predict that he will be played somewhere in constructed. He's quite potent in limited, too. Four mana to push your opponent's Plague Sliver out of play for a turn so you can find a more permanent answer? Heck, yeah.

Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 4/5

Venser, Shaper Savant

Constructed: A remand or boomerang on a flashy 2/2 body will undoubtedly find a home in the Teferi or Mystical Teachings control deck in standard and block right now. Unfortunately the body isn’t that impressive and won’t do much in the way of attacking of defending making remand still a better choice as it will draw you a card. I can see it being abused in a W/U control deck though, using things like Momentary blink or the rescue cards from Planar Chaos.

Casual/Multi: I’ve had a few opportunities to use this around the multiplayer table so far and it’s been slightly more impressive than I initially thought. Not impressive enough to break standard but for multiplayer games helps handle big threats, gaining you some tempo, or temporarily dealing with otherwise uncounterable spells. Casual gamers can also use some more fun cards like Blood Clock or cloudstone Curio to make Venser a more repeatable occurrence.

Limited: A pretty solid card for blue in limited. Musses up combat math by bouncing blockers or attackers, delays potentially game breaking spells like Tromp the domains or Fortify. Still not an impressive 2/2 body, and you will have to deal with whatever you bounced eventually, but the tempo bought can win you the game if timed right. Not a bomb, but still a worthwhile pick up.

Constructed: 3
Casual: 3.5
Limited: 3
The Missing Linc
Venser, Shaper Savant
I am still mulling over the "return target spell" part of this card.  I guess that means it acts like a remand and can effectively temporarily counter a spell.  The bounce factor in this guy has potential.  Blink him around a bit or bounce him back and forth and you could cause some havoc.  An old artifact I remember used to allow you to return a card to the owners hand unless they paid 1.  I build some cool decks with that card and this would be a great addition targeting your own creature.  I see this being in decks, even in constructed.  I will have to play with this one for a while to really see if the 4 mana cost is worth it.  The flash is what makes it.
Constructed: 3.5
Casual: 4
Limited: 4
Venser, Shaper Savant:

Well, we already had a man-o-war in block, though it didn't have flash. I don't care too terribly much for the echo cost of the other man-o-war, and this one has the cost set at the same CMC. This is more versatile, which works for it. There's also the flash.

Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 4/5
PsychoAnime Let's say I'm paying 1 mana for a 2/2 body with flash. That's pretty good. Now
the remaining 3 mana goes to it's ability. It's a counterspell mixed in with a
bounce spell for 3 mana. Boomerang is 2 mana bounce and it's decent, so paying
an extra mana for a delay has to be worth the cost.

So essentially, you stick both of the above into 1 card and you've got a
decent card. I think the power of this card comes from its versatility. Yet, I
think some people are overating this as its power level isn't as high as some
other stuff like Loxodon Hierarch or something. It's playable but not
exceptionally good.

Standard: 3/5
Casual: 3.5/5
Limited: 3/5

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