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Reviewed September 8, 2010

Constructed: 3.60
Casual: 3.75
Limited: 3.25
Multiplayer: 3.50

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As a turn one play, Preordain is quite good. It's like you get a built-in mulligan without actually having to lose a card, since on turn one, Preordain lets you do a decent amount of digging to find whatever card you need. And it doesn't involve shuffling, which makes it just plain easier to use than Ponder.

Constructed- 3.5
Casual- 4
Limited- 3.75
Multiplayer- 4

David Fanany

Player since 1995


As I may have mentioned in this space before, I am a fan of Singleton formats. When I first saw Preordain, the first thing I thought of was a deck concept called "The Philosopher": a blue deck with one copy of every card whose name is a synonym or near-synonym for "think," like Ponder, Concentrate, Recall, and so on. Granted, Preordain wouldn't exactly fit in that deck by name, but it certainly would based on its game text. It couldn't be around at a better time, now that there are so many cards that care about the top card of your library, like Oracle of Mul Daya or Conundrum Sphinx or Lash Out or Timesifter or . . . well, take your pick, really.

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


Magic The Gathering Card of The Day: Preordain 
Welcome back readers today's card of the day is a personal favorite of mine, Preordain an improved version or compliment to Serum Vision's. In standard this card mostly see's play in Pyromancer's Ascension decks or other combo decks looking to find their way to important cards, outside of combo its an interesting card but I doubt most decks have room for it. In extended once again combo is king, Hivemind could make use of this card as well as any blue based combo deck. In eternal this is a puzzling card I could see some decks utilizing this card to find of course, combo pieces. I could also see this card in a deck utilizing a threshold something along the lines of U/G thresh or perhaps a Quieron Dryad deck. In casual and multiplayer if you are playing combo it can help you find your pieces faster otherwise outside of combo I don't think this card is good enough to warrant play with so many options around. In limited I would not draft it highly but it can smooth out your draw's cantrips so its decent. Overall a narrow niche card but highly relevant.
Constructed: 3.0
Casual: 3.0
Limited: 2.5
Multiplayer: 3.0

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Preordain which is the 2011 replacement for Ponder using the core mechanic of Scry.  Seeing only two cards instead of three is a drawback, but being able to place one unneeded card on the bottom of the library instead of shuffling the whole library offers a little more control.  Preordain is not as powerful, but remains playable as a single mana to help sort the top of a library is a fairly small price to pay even in the fairly early stages of a game.
For Limited this is a solid card to support any Blue deck that can be played to maintain tempo and avoid bad draws for a very low cost. 
Likely a third pick depending on the pack in Booster, Preordain can be safely added to any deck using Blue in Sealed.
Constructed: 4.0
Casual: 4.0
Limited: 4.0
Multiplayer: 4.0

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