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Aeon Chronicler
Planar Chaos

Reviewed September 4, 2007

Constructed: 4.00
Casual: 3.40
Limited: 3.33

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A really popular card in any deck sporting blue these days (especially in block constructed). For a decent investment of mana you get some great card advantage plus a solid body in a few turns. He really speaks for himself; I personally don't like him as much as a lot of people, but he is definitely a solid option for blue control decks.

In casual, just play Howling Mine instead.

In limited, if you're solidly into blue, you play this. Card advantage plus a body is great.

Constructed - 4
Casual - 2.5
Limited - 3.5

David N

This card started off getting no love. Then everyone hopped on it and found out it was a great card drawing engine and beatdown stick in slower dralnu builds. But from my experience at the recent PTQ in fort worth this card has a lot of hate. Almost every green deck is maindecking riftsweeper and pull from eternity is in some sideboards. However, if they do not have either suspend removals you can set this up to draw a bunch of just set it up for 1 and have a huge creature the following turn. In limited this card is a bomb as you can easily splash blue with just the U casting cost.

Constructed: 4
Casual: 4
Limited: 5

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Aeon Chronicler

This card became prominent in Standard decks with the Urzatron that had huge amounts of mana to make huge values of X and bury the opponent in card advantage. Now that the Tron isn't in Standard any more, you probably won't see Chronicler get suspended for 20 quite so often, but it's still a very good card. Think of it not as an expensive Tidings, but more like an uncounterable, un-Disenchant-able Phyrexian Arena. The only cards that stop it are Riftsweeper and Pull from Eternity, and you'd be surprised how many people don't know those cards exist.

Though it may seem obvious, drawing cards is pretty good in limited play, too. Suspending the Chronicler for one mana to draw a card and get a 6/6 haste creature is also a pretty good trick in constructed, and just as good in limited.

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

Aeon Chronicler

Constructed: Up until Tarmagoyf this was one of the most splashed cards in all of the Time spiral block, some decks going so far as to only run one island to go along with it. It’s easy to see why. For a reasonable amount of mana you have a nigh-uncounterable source of card draw that can net you a good number of extra cards while your opponent gets nothing. At the same time, when the card drawing is complete you get a creature that should be decent sized (in my experience most Aeon Chroniclers come in and either go away right away due to too few cards in hand or stick around as like 6/6s). Most blue mages don’t like to tap out on 4th/5th turn, but the window you offer your can be made up for with the extra card advantage and potentially fat creature. Though the time of dual shocklands and VERY easy splashability is nearing an end (in Standard), expect to see this card still stick around played off Coalition Relics, Prismatics Lens, etc for as long as its legal. It’s hard not to want to run this card in any blue deck.

Casual/Multi: Great card for casual as it helps eek out some card advantage for against multiple opponents. Combines well with some great more casual cards like Jhoira and Clockspinning (working as a slightly cheaper whispers of the muse) and even those loveable timebugs. In a deck featuring lots of card draw it can be a huge finisher and enabler at the same time, I’ve actually killed someone by swinging with a 5/5 Chronicler then before damage went on the stack using Perilous Research to sac a Hatching plans and turn a 5/5 into a 9/9.

Limited: You don’t pass this card. Card advantage in limited is easily the most important factor, so taking this card even if you’re not playing Blue makes splashing the island worthwhile for the possibility of getting those extra cards. It’s hard to find fault with a card that can swing games in your favor. Of course it might not be as big as you’d like, and when in topdeck mode it isn’t going to be the biggest threat or help you right away, but even then it’s still going to help you dig a few cards and get you into more options (if you can live that long).

Constructed: 4.5
Casual: 4
Limited: 5

MTG Rules Advisor
Aeon Chronicler:

I thought negatively of this card and the rest in its series whenever I first saw them. I've since changed my opinions on this card and its red cousin, however, after seeing them in action. This card is a perfect control mirror breaker. Not sure about limited, however.

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

#1 Magic Noob in Canada since 2002
Aeon Chronicler (3UU)
Creature - Avatar

Aeon Chronicler's power and toughness are each equal to the number of
cards in your hand.
Suspend X - X3U. X can't be 0.
Whenever a time counter is removed from Aeon Chronicler while it's
removed from the game, draw a card.

Aeon Chronicler's most useful application is to suspend it for 1 to
draw a card and get a hasty large creature for the turn. It's second
application is to get a bunch of mana and make it a no life loss
uncounterable Phyrexian Arena.

Both of these are rather good and are crucial in a control mirror match
as whoever has the card advantage will pretty much win. It also has
suspend which allows you to save up your mana for counters on the turn
it comes into play.

In casual, it's still just as good as who hates getting more cards?

In limited, it's a beast. Getting this out as a 5/5 will give you an
astoubnding amount of advantage.

Constructed: 3.5/5
Casual: 3.5/5
Limited: 4/5

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