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Beckon Apparition
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 Beckon Apparition
- Gatecrash

Reviewed February 25, 2013

Constructed: 3.50
Casual: 3.00
Limited: 3.00
Multiplayer: 2.67

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Beckon Apparition

This card has been making some noise as the "one drop" in a Modern-legal token aggro deck. Most of the cards in that deck are from Innistrad block, so a Standard variant could be viable. The biggest problem is that Beckon Apparition isn't just a Suntail Hawk token-- it needs a card in a graveyard to target. In Modern, a first-turn Surgical Extraction or Gitaxian Probe could provide a target, but a Standard version would have no such option.

Of course, Beckon Apparition still works as a means of removing cards from an opponent's graveyard. While Debtors' Knell was not in fact reprinted and Scavenge has yet to live up to Dredge's legacy, Flashback is still out there and Beckon Apparition at instant speed can thwart a Morbid return.
As an on-curve evasive token and a potential answer to a hard-to-answer class of cards, this definitely earns a place in any deck that can cast it... or at least in the sideboard.

Constructed- 4
Casual- 3.5
Limited- 3
Multiplayer- 3.5


Magic The Gathering Card of The Day: Beckon Apparition
Welcome back readers todays card of the day is the interesting Beckon Apparition a solid graveyard hosing card. In standard this card can perfectly foil some reanimation strategies as well as making Snapcaster Mage’s flashback granting ability worthless, it also provides an early drop for token based decks. Overall in standard I could see this card seeing some serious sideboard play to counter some powerful things in the format. In modern graveyard hate is more powerful and I don’t see this card finding its niche. In other eternal formats I don’t suspect this card has the power to compete. In casual and multiplayer it can have some niche uses but overall is not worthy of inclusion in a deck outside of specific circumstances as their exists much better token generators and graveyard hate. In limited it’s all right but not highly abusable and more of a sideboard card. Overall an underwhelming card with some sideboard applications.
Constructed: 2.0
Casual: 1.0
Limited: 1.5
Multiplayer: 1.0

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Beckon Apparition which is a one mana Black or White instant that exiles target card from a graveyard and puts a 1/1 White and Black spirit token with Flying into play.  This is an excellent card that can be a surprise defender, evasive threat, part of a token or spirit theme, and response to graveyard targeting.  Many decks can benefit from this and it is sure to be popular now that it has returned to Standard.
In Limited this is works much like it does in Constructed as a response, blocker, or evasive threat.  As a card that creates an evasive 1/1 for one it should always be included in Black or White decks in Sealed and is well worth a fairly early pick in Booster.
Constructed: 4.5
Casual: 4.5
Limited: 4.5
Multiplayer: 4.5

David Fanany

Player since 1995

I'm honestly surprised there wasn't a non-hybrid variant of this card in the Innistrad block. Surely it fits. Actually, shouldn't Vile Rebirth also (or instead) have been in Innistrad? Who was in charge of that, anyway? Well, at least Beckon Apparition is here now, and you'd be surprised how many decks can get wrecked by having a single key card removed from their graveyard (the Angel of Glory's Rise combo deck comes to mind). Some of those decks don't have much action after that key card is gone either, meaning that the Spirit token will ride to victory a surprising proportion of the time. And even if you're not facing a deck like that, you can use it as a 1/1 flying creature with flash.
Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 3/5
Multiplayer: 3/5
John Shultis
     Welcome to another week of new card of the day reviews here at Pojo.com! We begin our week looking at Beckon Apparition from Gatecrash! Beckon Apparition is a common hybrid black/white instant that costs one hybrid white or black mana. Beckon Apparition says exile target card from a graveyard. Put a 1/1 black and white spirit creature token with flying onto the battlefield. 
    Beckon Apparition is in my opinion the most under-utilized common from Gatecrash. But, I have a feeling that is going to change. Beckon Apparition is great because it can go in such a wide variety of decks, and serves a purpose in so many of them. Exiling something, and gaining the token yourself is so advantageous. 
    The reason I say this is under utilized is simple. Some of the top deck types right now involve graveyard exploitation. This simple one mana spell can quite easily thwart their efforts. Decks that use Snapcaster Mage's to flashback can find the target of the Snapcaster exiled, and now unable to counter your spell, or some other spell. And right now a major contender in top decks is the reanimators. This card is so perfect for playing against those. The reason, wait for target selection, respond, now their reanimated creature has been exiled, their spell will be countered upon resolution, and you gain a creature advantage, and most likely, board advantage. 
    Especially for Boros decks, I cannot understand why we don't see these in sideboards. You would be able to gain another attacker for the Battalion ability, and help ensure some of the trickier decks are unable to do their thing. 
    I truly love Beckon Apparition, and if any of you readers are having trouble with the aforementioned decks where you play, your answer is before you, Beckon Apparition. 

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

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