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Ghirapur Orrery
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 Ghirapur Orrery
- Kaladesh

Reviewed Oct. 19, 2016

Constructed: 2.00
Casual: 3.67
Limited: 2.00
Multiplayer: 3.00
Commander [EDH]: 3.25

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David Fanany

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Ghirapur Orrery
There's a lot to like about effects like this, even if they are symmetrical. Some decks are better positioned to take advantage of one or more of the effects than potential opponents - Maze's End springs to mind with regard to the extra land, for example. The Orrery is also a welcome addition to the "group hug" style of multiplayer decks, as both of its effects are tempting enough that it will often deflect attention to other potential targets. Some opponents might even be tempted to change their style of play and jump the gun on plays they might have made later, in the interest of potentially digging deeper into their deck, which can open up opportunities for your own strategy.
Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 5/5
Limited: 3/5
Multiplayer: 4/5
EDH/Commander: 4/5
James H. Ghirapur Orrery (10/19)
Let me start with this: no.
Ghirapur Orrery seems cute, a way to reload when you're depleted and get more resources on board. The issue, of course, is that it affects everyone, you and your opponents. They also probably get first stab at these effects, and it's all too easy to have the Orrery backfire (they draw their 4 cards and blow it up before your next turn).
The only place this makes sense is as a piece in either a Nekusar or other group hug-style EDH deck, where you benefit from giving them all the extra resources. But I don't think this is worth it outside of that narrow application.
Constructed: 1
Casual: 2.25
Limited: 1
Multiplayer: 2
Commander: 2.5

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