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Orim's Chant
- Planeshift

Reviewed February 26, 2016

Constructed: 3.75
Casual: 1.75
Limited: 2.50
Multiplayer: 2.75
Commander [EDH]: 2.25

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David Fanany

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Orim's Chant
For those of you familiar with the more recent and more limited variants of this card like Silence, it may seem odd at first that this card was once as talked-about as it was. It was once combined with Isochron Scepter in a previous incarnation of Extended to form a turn-after-turn lock that a surprising number of decks had trouble beating. Of course, times change and formats change, and once more people started playing things like Krosan Grip in response to the Scepter activation, it sort of faded away. Many decks also want cards that do more than prevent anything from happening ever, although that's a strategy that sometimes rears its head and sometimes is good enough - Stasis, Turbo Fog, and Maze's End were evidence of that.
Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 2/5
Limited: 3/5
Multiplayer: 3/5
EDH/Commander: 3/5
BMoor Orim's Chant

Originally envisioned as a way to simply hold off an opponent for a turn, as a sort of "pre-emptive counterspell", this card became horribly abused in conjunction with Isochron Scepter to keep an opponent completely locked down for the low price of 2W per turn. (You still needed to play the kicker cost separately). This was quite rightfully recognized as a disruption to the game as a whole, and so Isochron Scpter was banned in just about every format imaginable. Whether or not the Chant itself is safe to reprint is up in the air, as M10's Silence was effectively the same card minus the option of paying the Kicker cost (and plus the "all opponents" vs. "target player" wording, to take multiplayer into consideration). It saw use in certain decks, but with no way to reliably recur it, it had much less of an effect on the metagame.

Constructed- 4.5
Casual- 1.5
Limited- 2
Multiplayer- 2.5
Commander- 1.5

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