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Courier's Capsule
Shards of Alara

Reviewed October 13, 2008

Constructed: 2.90
Casual: 2.90
Limited: 3.25

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I picked the cards this week.

Monday - Courier's Capsule

A very interesting spin (and very in-flavor for Esper) on your typical draw spell. You are, overall, paying four mana to draw two cards, but this has a few advantages. First, the four mana can be split into two mana over two turns. This is great if you get stuck on two or three lands because you can still draw two for four mana even if you don't have that much available. Second, a blue deck can play this on turn 2 and then hold up counter mana until they don't play a counter, then pop it end of turn for 2 cards. Overall I see this little common getting lots of play in blue control decks

In limited, it's good for similar reasons. I would probably play this if I got it, especially if I was playing Esper.

Constructed - 3
Casual - 3
Limited - 3

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Courier's Capsule
I like this card (and the other two similar ones in Alara) for the same reason I've always liked Nemesis and Planar Chaos' Seals of Fire, Primordium, and so forth. You can pay for them early in the game, and they'll wait around until you need them. The extra flexibility is often worth the risk of them being removed before you get a chance to use them. The only wrinkle is that after everything that's happened with the Mirrodin block, lots of people in every format are going to be gunning for artifacts and are likely to have things like Akroma's Vengeance, Kataki, and Viridian Shaman close at hand. It's still worth playing, though.
Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 3/5

Monday 10-13-08

Courier's Capsule


Constructed: Ancestral Vision has some big shoes to fill when it left standard. Blue still has Ponder and Telling Time for draw, this is one of Shards of Alara's addition to blue's drawing power. It is basically four mana for two extra cards. Not bad, could see some play in standard. It is good Naturalize bait also.


Casual: Fun card for any blue base artifact deck.


Limited: Sense this PTQ season is Shards of Alara sealed than this subject should be hot. Number one ulitity card for picking in my seal pool. Will always pick this card if blue is one of my colors. Draft not that high of a pick. Would expect to see it come around the table, maybe once. Once the blue mages pick some solid creatures first, than I would expect this card next.


Overall a solid common for blue to draw more cards. Should see alot of play at all levels of play. You can even get it back with Sanctum Gargoyle.


Constructed: 3

Casual: 3

Limited: 4





Courier's Capsule 1 ManaBlue Mana
1 ManaBlue Mana, Tap, Sacrifice Courier's Capsule: Draw two cards.
Nice card. For the same mana you get concentrate, except this lets you play it with smaller installments. this can be especially important if you dont hit your 4th land. I can see it finding a place in blue control. Lay it turn 2 if your on the play and then pop it later if they dont play anything worthwhile countering/bouncing etc. Also fits nicely with the new Esper theme. In draft I wouldn't complain if I saw this, it draws into answers/threats and if your palying Esper then thats a bonus.
Constructed: 2.5/5
Casual: 2.5/5
Limited: 3/5

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