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Time Ebb
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Time Ebb
- M2014

Reviewed January 13, 2014

Constructed: 3.25
Casual: 3.75
Limited: 4.00
Multiplayer: 2.75

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David Fanany

Player since 1995

Time Ebb
This is one of those cards that's been around for years (actually, for almost two decades at this point) but tends to be overlooked. I'm not sure why. Yes, Time Ebb doesn't kill creatures outright, but it both buys you time and costs your opponent a draw step, putting you ahead on two fundamental resources of Magic. In a deck built for speed and with a devotion to robbing the opponent of time (cf. Temporal Spring, Memory Lapse, etc) it can be absolutely devastating.
Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 2/5

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Time Ebb which is a three mana Blue sorcery that puts target creature on top of its owner's library. While this isn't an instant, which would make it a much better card, it is still a strong card that works very well in aggressive Blue decks to open up the field for an attack and slow an opponent's tempo.  Overall this will see play in several themes and should be fairly popular across current formats, even at the competitive level.
In Limited this is a great card to have in Sealed alongside a creature based Blue pool and while not quite true removal is worth drafting early in Booster as it has a similar if less permanent role.
Constructed: 3.5
Casual: 3.5
Limited: 4.0
Multiplayer: 3.5


Time Ebb

Sorcery speed doesn't make Blue players happy, so most of them don't bother with this. Three mana is also a drawback when Voyage's End costs one less, has a scry rider, and is instant speed. And since most blue bounce is closer in power to Voyage's End than Time Ebb, you can guess what people choose to play. The one advantage Time Ebb has is putting it right on their library instead of in their hand, so they have to re-draw the creature before they can re-cast it. This means that they're one more turn away from drawing whatever else they were about to draw, and also they have one fewer card in hand next turn than they would if you'd bounced it to their hand. I've said quite often how much I like card advantage. Time Ebb is card advantage AND tempo, getting a blocker out of your face and often making your opponent re-play his last turn.

Constructed- 2
Casual- 3.5
Limited- 4
Multiplayer- 2

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