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Ancestral Recall
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Ancestral Recall
- Alpha

Reviewed December 11, 2013

Constructed: 5
Casual: 5
Limited: 5
Multiplayer: 5

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David Fanany

Player since 1995

Ancestral Recall
After twelve years and three thousand Cards of the Day, here we are: talking about one of the first Magic cards, for the first time on this section of the site. It was also one of the first to be recognized as a "power" card; the only thing that held it in check was that not everyone owned one. Of course, the advent of tournaments and the attendant scene changed everything - take some time to think about that when you're done reading this page.
From a pure math point of view, Ancestral Recall's game text is amazing - consider that your starting hand is seven cards. When you start from using one card to draw half of a starting hand and add the fact that it does it for one mana, letting you cast things you drew in the same turn, and that it's an instant and can be snuck in at a time that's convenient for you, it's clear why it's so coveted and sometimes so dangerous. Like Time Walk, it's one of the most-imitated and most-tweaked cards in Magic, even to the present day - literally every blue draw spell, including those that were less than half the power level but still dominated Standard scenes, owes its existence to Ancestral Recall. Iconic, powerful, controversial, and imitated: Ancestral Recall has done a great deal to shape this game we call Magic.
Constructed: 5/5
Casual: 5/5
Limited: 5/5
Multiplayer: 5/5
Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Ancestral Recall which is a one mana Blue instant that has target player draw three cards.  A one mana instant that draws three cards with no in game drawbacks is pretty much the definition of a five star card and why it, along with the other eight members of the power nine, last saw print almost twenty years ago. 

There are very few situations where having this is not a benefit and the ease of casting combined with the advantage given make it one of the top cards ever printed.
Constructed: 5.0
Casual: 5.0
Limited: 5.0
Multiplayer: 5.0

Skid Rambo

Ancestral Recall

This card still makes me shake my head every time that I read it. The idea of drawing 3 cards for one blue mana is just ridiculous! I find it very hard to review Ancestral Recall because it doesn’t feel like a real Magic card. Ancestral Recall is obviously one of the greatest cards ever printed, but it feels more like a developmental mistake. Don’t get me wrong, I’m super happy that they took some chances and made mistakes because Magic the Gathering has become the best CCG in the world. I’d love to have a play set of Ancestral Recalls but that will never happen because this card is too POWERFUL to reprint. If this review has enticed you to go out and buy Ancestral Recall, pick a few up for me while you’re at it.
Constructed: 5
Casual: 5
Limited: 5
Multiplayer: 5

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