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Scepter of Insight

Reviewed February 24, 2009

Constructed: 2.25
Casual: 3.00
Limited: 3.25

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Scepter of Insight

This one really shows off what colored artifacts are about. Enchantments couldn't really do this since it has a tap ability (I know, I know...), and a colorless artifact would have to cost more. How good do we want red and white to be at card draw?

But how good is this card? If your plan is to sit back and draw extra cards at end of turn whenever you don't need to counter something, this lets you do it every turn should you so desire. In a dedicated "draw-go" deck, it's crazy. Heck, this makes "draw-go" viable in Standard again. But if you expect to want to tap lands on your own turn, four mana for a card is kind of a lot.

Constructed- 2.5
Casual- 3
Limited- 3.5

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Scepter of Insight

From the point of view of competitive constructed, Scepter of Insight doesn't compare too well to Jace Beleren or even Tidings, but I think there's a place for it. Mono-blue decks will appreciate being able to save one mana in the first turn cycle of their Jayemdae Tome variant, and Esper decks in block tournament tables and kitchen tables will like that it's both an artifact and a blue card. And me, I'm not sure I'll ever get used to these colored artifacts (especially since Future Sight showed us global enchantments with tap abilities - whatever happened to those?), but I just like its art!

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

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