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Fact or Fiction
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Fact or Fiction
- Invasion

Reviewed July 17, 2014

Constructed: 4.67
Casual: 4.00
Limited: 3.50
Multiplayer: 4.17

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David Fanany

Player since 1995

Fact or Fiction

I think I've previously mentioned in this space that there was once a tournament player named Melissa Bush, who coined the phrase "End of turn, Fact or Fiction, you lose". That phrase sounds like hyperbole or gamesmanship, but it's not. There is almost no good way to play against this card and so many advantages that can be gained from it: you can split things that you feel might work together, but you can almost never know what the opponent is already holding. And regardless of how the split goes, the caster can always just take the larger pile if they need more cards in hand or to get deeper into their deck. Add in the stuff that actually wants to be in the graveyard, and the things that use the graveyard as though it was another hand, and this is one of the most dangerous cards in all of Magic.

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

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Fact or Fiction which is a four mana Blue
instant that has you reveal the top five cards of your library, have an
opponent separate them into two piles, then you choose one pile which is
placed into your hand and the other is sent to your graveyard.  The
arrangement of cards being up to the opponent with the final choice
belonging to you makes this very powerful as you can get the card you
want most even if it is singled out, while the process often has a
psychological impact on the opponent.
In Limited the card advantage, though potentially small, gives this
value and it is a solid play during an opponent's turn if untapped mana
for removal or a counterspell was otherwise unnecessary or a bluff. 
There's no real drawback to including this in Sealed when running or
splashing Blue as it is going to improve your options and it is a solid
second or third pick in Booster.
Constructed: 4.5
Casual: 4.5
Limited: 4.5
Multiplayer: 4.5


Deck Garage

Fact or Fiction
Like yesterday's card, Fact or Fiction is a card that is decent at worst, and completely unfair at it's best.
At worst, you get to cycle through 5 cards of your library and pick your favorite card (or cards, depending on how your opponent stacks them) to put in your hand. That alone is worth the 4 mana at instant speed. 
I must confess that I haven't played with or against this card an awful lot, so I've only seen a handful of the ways that it can be fully utilized, but one in particular is in a deck that doesn't mind things going to the graveyard. I saw it in a reanimator deck with Unburial Rites, where Fact or Fiction was basically 4 mana to draw 5 cards. Put my big creature in the graveyard? Fine by me - I'll bring it back. Put Unburial Rites in the graveyard? I'll flash it back. The idea is to create a no win situation for your opponent when they are trying to set up your piles. It can play a mean psychological game with your opponent as they try to figure out what you're doing to know how to stack the cards.
It's not quite as universal for every blue deck, because it can sometimes put things in the graveyard you might not want there, but it's banned for a reason. In formats where it's legal, it's worth a high consideration.
Constructed: 4.5
Casual: 4.5
Limited: 3
Multiplayer: 4.5 

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