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Divert
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 Divert
- Odyssey

Reviewed May 11, 2017

Constructed: 3.67
Casual: 3.50
Limited: 2.75
Multiplayer: 2.67
Commander [EDH]: 2.88

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David Fanany

Player since 1995

Divert (5/11)

 

Divert immediately calls to mind Spell Pierce: for one blue, do something unless your opponent pays 2 mana. In this case, it's redirecting a spell. Like any spell of its kind, there are targets this really does a number on (like Abrupt Decay or Thoughtseize) and spells where it blanks (symmetrical board wipes or non-targeted draw). It's a worthy consideration for a Legacy sideboard, since it's efficiently costed and fairly effective in the early game, but it's weaker in later games (when your opponent has mana to pay for it) and has issues with stopping specific strategies.

 

While this is a Legacy card for the most part, having been printed in Odyssey, this little gem is part of the Amonkhet Invocations. If you open one in Limited in this set, it's probably going to be more pretty than effective; there isn't a ton of early trickery that this thwarts. That said, it's a unique effect...just don't count on opening it.

 

Constructed: 3.25

Casual: 4

Limited: 2.5

Multiplayer: 2.25

Commander: 2.75

James H. Divert
 
I remember getting absolutely devastated by Divert in one particular game. It was so long ago that we were playing Extended, with the cardpool that included Odyssey and Onslaught forward. I thought I'd drawn a great aggressive curve with a second-turn Silhana Ledgewalker and an Elephant Guide, with my opponent starting with just a Mothdust Changeling. Have you ever been beaten down by a Mothdust Changeling enchanted with your own Elephant Guide? As ways to lose go, it's pretty spectacular and hard to get mad about. You should also keep your eyes open for uses of this card in control matchups - surprisingly many card-drawing spells say "target player", as do a lot of discard effects (including, amusingly, Esper Charm, but only on the discard effect in that case).
 
Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 3/5
Multiplayer: 3/5
EDH/Commander: 3/5

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