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Volition Reins
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Volition Reins
Scars of Mirrodin

Reviewed November 15, 2010

Constructed: 3.17
Casual: 3.50
Limited: 4.17
Multiplayer: 3.67

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Volition Reins

Six mana may look bad, but this enchantment can steal any permanent, even planeswalkers. If you've got to six mana, your opponent is likely close to that amount too and will almost certainly have something impressive to steal. It even untaps the permanent it steals, so you can snag a Baneslayer that just swung at you last turn and have it available as a blocker just as if you'd cast it yourself. Would you pay 3UUU for Banslayer Angel? I would, especially if my casting it caused my opponent to no longer have his.

The downside here is that Scars of Mirrodin block has encouraged people to have plenty of artifact hate on hand, and most of the best artifact hate also hayes enchantments. If your opponent deals with the Reins by destroying whatever they're attached to, you still denied them whatever it was you stole from them and made them spend further resources to kill whatever it was. If they just kill the Reins, they just get their permanent back.

Constructed- 3
Casual- 4
Limited- 4
Multiplayer- 4

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Volition Reins
Remember all those times you were playing a deck with Confiscate, stole something that had just attacked you, but the opponent still had another creature and so was able to attack you anyway because the one you Confiscated was still tapped? Actually, maybe that was just me. Regardless, Volition Reins is as useful and versatile as its ancestor. Stealing effects have always been game-changing, and one that lets you turn opponents' planeswalkers against them will only become more relevant. And maybe sometimes it'll untap a creature you need to block with!
Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 3/5

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Volition Reins which is a six mana enchantment that gains control of a target permanent and untaps it. 
Possibly the most appealing usage is against an opponent's planeswalker, but it works on creatures, artifacts, or even a Valakut in a pinch which makes it useful in nearly any situation where mana is available to cast it.  The cost is a bit high, but reasonable for a control theme and has a worthwhile result.  A powerful card, but not likely to be played too commonly as countermagic is both cheaper and more reliable.
In Limited this is a card that dramatically change the flow of a game and the cost is reasonable in the slower format.  The fairly dedicated casting cost can be managed if the primary color is Blue, so it works as a second pick in Booster and deserves to be drafted that early as it can and will win games.  In Sealed it should be included if about half or more of your mana sources produce Blue mana and should not be left out unless it is the only card above your curve.  As an answer to any permanent your opponent may have on the board this is one of the better cards to topdeck in the later stages of the game and most responses will likely cost your opponent their own permanent.
For Multiplayer the odds of at least one opponent having a truly useful target increases noticeably which makes control spells a good overall investment.
Constructed: 3.5
Casual: 3.5
Limited: 4.5
Multiplayer: 4.0

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