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Harbinger of the Tides
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 Harbinger of the Tides
- Origins

Reviewed Aug. 6, 2015

Constructed: 3.67
Casual: 4.00
Limited: 4.00
Multiplayer: 3.50
Commander [EDH]: 3.00 

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David Fanany

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Harbinger of the Tides
This card reminds me of Tidebinder Mage from M14, which could be incredibly annoying to red or green decks (though at least you could burn that, unlike Master of Waves). Harbinger of the Tides is arguably more threatening in a sense, as the tempo loss can be devastating. The fact that monstrosity was in a recent set and encourages attacking makes it even worse. Arbor Colossus is awesome, but 11 mana is still a lot, even spread over two turns. The alternate flash cost feels almost like adding insult to injury, though I guess the aggressive players can take comfort from the fact that they're more likely to have another creature that's larger than 2/2.
Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 3/5
Multiplayer: 3/5
EDH/Commander: 3/5
Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Harbinger of the Tides which is a two mana Blue 2/2 that you can pay two extra mana to cast it at instant speed and when it enters play you may return an opposing tapped creature to hand. 
This is an excellent effect at two mana with an attached 2/2 that is only strengthened by the optional instant speed casting to bounce an attacking creature and add a blocker.  In mono-Blue or merfolk decks this will be a very frequent sight across formats and adds an efficiency in a more aggressive form that isn't just drawing a card.
In Limited the double Blue is a bit of a drawback, but it is extremely efficient otherwise and a strong first pick in Booster as a low cost stall with no other drawback.  In Sealed this belongs in every Blue build and adds quite a bit to the pool, though it is not really appropriate to splash or enough to force the color.
Constructed: 4.0
Casual: 4.0
Limited: 4.0
Multiplayer: 4.0

Harbinger of the tides
Bounce spell on a stick. Cool. ability to grant flash for 2 more. alright. It's standard playable, it's a cute combat trick, and it's good with flicker mechanics. Nice stuff. Not much else to say for this one.
Constructed: 4
Casual: 5
Limited: 5
Multiplayer: 3.5
EDH: 3

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