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Strategic Planning
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Strategic Planning
- Hour of Devastation

Reviewed July 18, 2017

Constructed: 3.5
Casual: 3.67
Limited: 3.88
Multiplayer: 3.00
Commander [EDH]: 3.25

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David Fanany

Player since 1995

Strategic Planning
 
You wouldn't guess it from looking at the Hour of Devastation version, but this name and game text originally appeared way back in Portal: Three Kingdoms. For a long time, it was a slightly unique effect as a supplement to cards famous in Vintage, like Brainstorm and Portent, and in high demand because of that.
 
You also wouldn't guess that Jace is supposed to be one of the smartest characters of the "New Era". He certainly wasn't concerned about approaching carefully when they were following Tezzeret when literally the only thing they knew was that he was on his way to Nicol Bolas' stronghold. Don't be like Jace - use this card to dig deeper into your library than two-mana cards have done in a long time, either early or late in the game, and take advantage of the graveyard effect too. It's just too bad Emrakul is banned in Standard, because this potentially increases your delirium count by three or more for the low cost of two mana.
 
Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 4/5
EDH/Commander: 4/5

James H.

Strategic Planning, interestingly enough, is a reprint of a very old card from Portal Three Kingdoms. And for a block as graveyard-dependent as Amonkhet, it makes sense: filter through the top three cards of your library, keeping one that will most benefit you in-hand. It’s not an amazing card, since it is a two-mana sorcery, but it’s a neat way of ensuring that you get to what you need faster and what you want in the graveyard gets there faster as well.
 
Constructed: 3
Casual: 3.25
Limited: 3.75
Multiplayer: 2
Commander: 2.5


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