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Silumgar's Scorn
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Silumgar's Scorn
- Dragons of Tarkir

Reviewed April 14, 2015

Constructed: 3.00
Casual: 2.88
Limited: 2.88
Multiplayer: 2.88

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David Fanany

Player since 1995

Silumgar's Scorn
Much of the attention is certain to be drawn to the "if you control a dragon" clause on this card, and with good reason - two mana universal counterspells are much rarer than they used to be, and are not getting any less powerful as time goes by. I'll just take the opportunity to point out that a lot of people have underestimated Force Spike over the years, and while it's slightly harder to bluff this card all the time or keep it available, there are still situations where "unless you pay 1" is just as good as a hard counterspell.
Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 3/5
Multiplayer: 3/5

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Silumgar's Scorn which is a two mana Blue instant that counters target spell unless the controller pays one mana or counters it if you reveal a dragon card when casting it. This is a two mana Force Spike without a dragon to reveal, but with one it is a an old fashioned Counterspell.  This is playable, but with the condition attached it is more of a psychological weapon to keep an opponent from tapping out.  This should slow down their tempo and adds an advantage, even if not quite as much as other options.  With dragons to reveal this is a top of the line card and overall it will see play, possibly even at the competitive levels.
In Limited the double Blue is a bit of a drawback and having a dragon in the right colors for your build potentially makes the additional cost difficult to enable.  Even with those flaws this is a solid source of both control and a mental advantage by keeping the opponent from tapping out entirely.  A reasonable second or third pick in Booster after a Blue rare and well worth including in Sealed when Blue is a primary or secondary color.
Constructed: 3.5
Casual: 3.5
Limited: 3.5
Multiplayer: 3.5


Deck Garage

Silumgar’s Scorn
In a dragon deck, this will often be as good as the original Counterspell. But, even if you are playing a lot of dragons, it’s no given that you will have one in your hand at the right time. If you don’t, this becomes a very narrow card. 
I think the risk of finding this when you have no dragons in hand is too big a risk to play this very often. Just pay one more mana and get a full-time hard counterspell. 
Constructed: 2.5
Casual: 2.0
Limited: 2.0
Multiplayer: 2.0

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