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Mastery of the Unseen
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Master of the Unseen
- Fate Reforged

Reviewed Feb. 20, 2015

Constructed: 2.75
Casual: 3.63
Limited: 3.25
Multiplayer: 3.25

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Mastery of the Unseen

The fact that this can manifest a card at instant speed means that you can always produce a 2/2 creature for 3W, even during combat. If the top card of your library happened to be a creature card, and you happen to have the mana to unmorph it right then, so much the better. I'd be a little wary about playing this in a deck that wasn't A) almost entirely creatures, or B) also had ways of manipulating the top of my library, for fear of accidentally locking my best noncreature spells under 2/2 shells where I can't cast them. If that happens, you can always just send them into combat, hope they die, and then find a way to put them back into your library-- most every format has a way to shuffle graveyards back into libraries these days.

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

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Mastery of the Unseen
This is an interesting card that's almost modal in its way. You can certainly use it in a deck with lots of morph creatures, and the lifegain will be hard to keep up with. But, there are perhaps even more decks that will struggle against a constant stream of 2/2 creatures; and the second ability can also help get creatures into play against cards like Standstill and Counterbalance. And it has an advantage over Heliod, namely that it's easier to use cards in your library than external tokens!
Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 3/5
Multiplayer: 3/5
Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day Mastery of the Unseen which is a two mana White enchantment has you gain a life for each creature you control whenever a permanent you control is turned face up and for four mana you can Manifest the top card of your library.  This is a life gain mechanic for a swarm deck that is also using Manifest or Morph to maximize the trigger and something to capitalize on the life gain. That is a few too many aspects to reliably work together, so it is more likely just support for swarm into a life gain victory condition.  It is generally more efficient to focus on swarm or a life gain and not both, so while this card is good it is too niche to really see much play outside of some Casual or Commander builds that can spare a slot for a situational card like this.
In Limited this is more for adding some Manifest cards into play, particularly multiple in a turn later on, though the life gain is more of a small bonus than a major benefit.  The card advantage of sorts makes this a plausible if not overly impressive first pick in Booster and the low White dedication allows it to fit into multiple color decks.  For Sealed it can be used with White as filler with situational value as it isn't a bad card with four mana 2/2 creatures on demand, though other rares will be a bit more welcome.
Constructed: 3.0
Casual: 3.5
Limited: 3.5
Multiplayer: 3.5


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Mastery of the Unseen 
Don't let the low cost of this fool you: it's a later game card. The real benefit of the card is that it can produce as many 2/2 manifests as you want, as long as you have 4 mana. The problem is that I don't know exactly what kind of deck to use this in. A creature deck isn't going to want to pay 2 mana for an enchantment that doesn't do anything until you pay 4 more. A control deck won't have very many creatures to gain benefit from the first ability, and it will be unlikely the manifested card will often be more than a 2/2. 
This reminds me of Heliod, God of the Sun, which was not one of the more popular gods from Theros. The ability to pay 4 mana to get a creature seemed to be too much for practical use - and it also gave your creatures vigilance, not to mention the potential of becoming a huge indestructible creature!
I just don't see many cases where this is the card you want. Keep looking.
Constructed: 2.0
Casual: 3.0
Multiplayer: 2.5
Limited: 2.5

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