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Aphotic Wisps
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Aphotic Wisps
- Dragons of Tarkir

Reviewed June 3, 2015

Constructed: 2.00
Casual: xx
Limited: xx
Multiplayer: xx
Commander [EDH]: 

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David Fanany

Player since 1995

Aphotic Wisps
This may not be a modal spell per se, but I do like how many different uses you can wring out of such a simple effect. Giving one of your creatures evasion is always good value, but you may occasionally find yourself destroying Armor of Thorns or Call to Serve as though you had a black version of Disenchant. Sometimes even using it just to draw a card is an acceptable play. And this is by far my favorite way of "countering" Coalition Victory!
Constructed: 2/5
Casual: 2/5
Limited: 3/5


Welcome back readers today's card of the day is very niche and at the very least draws you a card. Aphotic Wisps for a single mana grants a creature fear and turns them black. The color shifting is rarely relevant though it combine with the fear granting evasion. The card draw and combo potential is the reason to use this card could see play being able to use a single mana to cycle through cards could lead to something in a combo deck as you want to assemble your pieces fast enough. It also can shut down tons of removal spell that work on creatures being non black. In constructed formats this card is not quite good enough even in its niche use to score it highly. In casual and multiplayer formats its a one time evasion granter and although it draws you a card its worse then even enchantments and equipment making it generally underwhelming. In limited  its grade A filler if your looking to get aggressive this could be a contender but its quite a ways down the ladder. Overall a card with a small niche but cantrips and replacing the spell you cast can be powerful.
Constructed :1.5
Casual: 1.0
Limited: 1.5
Multiplayer: 1.5

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Aphotic Wisps which is a one mana Black instant that makes target creature Black, gives it Fear and you draw a card.  The cantrip nature of drawing a card makes this worth considering as for one mana it can add evasion or very situational protection. 

Overall a decent card for support and even though it isn't dramatically impressive it has little drawback as it thins a deck and offers a reasonable temporary boost.
Constructed: 3.0
Casual: 3.0
Limited: 3.5
Multiplayer: 3.0

Aphotic Wisps
For those of you not in the know, I absolutely abhor spells that require you to have creatures on the board. Getting them off is situational, and makes that target creature a magnet for kill spells. There's such better picks on making creatures unblockable that this card just shouldn't be. the fact that it's a cantrip helps, but not enough.

Constructed: 1.5
Casual: 2
Limited: 2.5
Multiplayer: 2
EDH: 1

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