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Mental Misstep
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Mental Misstep
New Phyrexia

Reviewed June 7, 2011

Constructed: 3.88
Casual: 2.00
Limited: 2.00
Multiplayer: 2.10

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David Fanany

Player since 1995

Mental Misstep
New Phyrexia had an immediate impact on Legacy, if nothing else. In particular, this card is showing up in all sorts of decks and events; despite its superficial mission of bringing counterspells to other colors, it's also empowered blue decks. If you don't play that format, though, you don't need to fear this card nearly as much - Legacy is very much an early-game setting, and with deck in Standard, limited, and casual play generally having a more diverse range of mana costs, Mental Misstep becomes a little less reliable.
Constructed: 4/5 (3/5 outside Legacy and Vintage)
Casual: 2/5
Limited: 2/5
Multiplayer: 2/5
Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Mental Misstep which is a one mana Blue or two life spell that counters a spell with a converted mana cost of one. 
This is an okay countermagic in modern formats, but very effective as you go into older ones where it can work against many of the key cards available without costing you a turn.  The change in tempo by having them tap mana while you pay life, in any color deck, to counter a spell can easily win the game making this a format altering card.  In Standard it isn't nearly that dramatic and may not even see a great deal of play, so overall this is dependent on the exact format in Constructed and isn't always better than more versatile countermagics.
In Limited the relatively low number of one mana spells makes this a very poor card that is almost never worth including in your main deck. 
It should be sidedecked in Sealed and drafted in Booster only if passed around or for the value.  If an opponent happens to have several in their deck it can be sidedecked in, but you may not even see them again when this is in hand making the value relatively low compared to other formats.
Constructed: 4.5
Casual: 2.5
Limited: 1.5
Multiplayer: 2.5


     Welcome to the Card of the Day section here at Pojo.com. Today we are looking into Mental Misstep from New Phyrexia. Mental Misstep is an instant that costs one blue phyrexian mana. Mental Misstep counters target spell with converted mana cost one.

     While this card has soared in price, becoming the most sought after uncommon card for many people from this set, and worth more online than many of the rare cards from the set, I am one of the many people who do not seem to understand why. The ability to spend life to counter a one mana drop just doesn’t seem worth it. Many of the best spells certainly cost more than one mana. And even if tapped out, countering the feared Lightning Bolt does not seem worth it. Perhaps if your back is to the wall, than this is a good card, but that seems the most likely reason, and the fact that your back is against the wall in that scenario means that I very highly doubt that what you need to counter is only going to be costing one mana.

     For me, it is a decent early game card at best, nothing worth having later. The likelihood that the things you should be countering only have a converted cost of one seems very unlikely.
Limited: 2/5
Casual: 1/5
Multiplayer: 1/5
Constructed: 2/5


Magic  The Gathering Card of The Day: Mental Misstep
Welcome back readers today’s card of the day is one of the most influential and powerful cards from New Phyrexia. Mental Misstep has fundamentally shifted legacy and provided a power blue counter to deal with commonly played cards. In standard it may see a small amount of play but its targets are truly limited. In extended it may see fringe play but its impact may be small. In legacy this is a format changing card and should be treated  as such countering all the great cards such as Goblin Lackey, Aether Vial among others is just absurd and this card is worthy of all the legacy hype. In vintage it may see play as well countering an Ancestral Recall is an ok play. In casual and multiplayer this card is obviously good early game and poorer late game I don’t forsee this seeing play over counters such as Counterspell. In limited it’s a money card to some degree and it can counter a few spells. Overall a card that has fundamently shifted legacy and powerful new blue card for blue legacy decks.
Constructed: 5.0
Casual: 2.5
Limited: 2.5
Multiplayer: 2.5

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