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Jace's Phantasm
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Jace Phantasm
Magic 2013

Reviewed July 24, 2012

Constructed: 4.0
Casual: 4.0
Limited: 2.9
Multiplayer: 3.0

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David Fanany

Player since 1995

Jace's Phantasm

From the flavor text, it seems that this creature is a relation of Future Sight's Narcomoeba, which hails from a plane that we unfortunately have yet to visit in an expert expansion that doesn't have a time travel gimmick. If you've been waiting for such a visit as long as I have, you probably jumped at the chance to put this in a deck, because, honestly, it's pretty darn good. The obvious use is plan B in a mill deck, a way to close the game if your opponent managed to Oblivion Ring your Jace and Shatterstorm your Howling Mines and Memoricide your Haunting Echoes; but it's also more subtly strong against "normal" blue decks, becoming an outright monster within the space of a couple of short, cantrip-laden turns. Tarmogoyf who?

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

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Jace's Phantasm which is a one mana Blue 1/1 with Flying that gains +4/+4 when an opponent has ten or more cards in the graveyard.  A one mana 1/1 with Flying is already decent and illusion has some support in Blue, but adding in the potential for a one mana 5/5 with Flying means this will see frequent competitive play. 
There is no real drawback to running this as a one drop and decks that use mill effects can really benefit from having this out early.
For Limited most one mana creatures are useful, so adding in evasion without a drawback makes this a top choice.  Getting ten cards into the graveyard is more difficult in a forty card format, though it does allow this to be an excellent topdeck in the later stages of the game.  This is valuable enough to draft first if the rare is weak in a Booster draft pack and should be splashed if possible and always run when using Blue in Sealed.
Constructed: 4.0
Casual: 4.0
Limited: 4.5
Multiplayer: 4.0


      Welcome to Pojo.com’s card of the day section. Today we are checking out Jace’s Phantasm from M13. Jace’s Phantasm is an uncommon blue creature that costs one blue mana for a 1/1. Jace’s Phantasm has flying and says that it gets +4/+4 as long as an opponent has ten or more cards in his or her graveyard.

      A 5/5 for one mana is game changing, especially in blue. Should your Phantasm attempt to be countered, you should have enough untapped mana to counter. And I know, it starts as a 1/1, but if you are running the Jace’s Phantasm that means you are intending to get cards in the graveyard, and that usually means milling ala Jace. In limited formats that will mostly rely on you using things like Mind Sculpt’s combined with counter spells and removal, meaning that in limited you will likely be running blue/red or blue/black. But once you get to greater formats, you could just mono-blue and run with it!

      A scary card, especially when added to a well designed mill deck. Just think of two or three of these plus a Mindcrank! And in older based formats, it could be a second turn 5/5 flier. You do this by dropping the Jace’s Phantasm first turn, then second turn twin Tome Scour. Ten cards in, five to the face.
Limited: 3/5
Constructed: 5/5
Casual: 5/5
Multiplayer: 2/5

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