Quicken – Ravnica Remastered

Date Reviewed:  January 12, 2024

Constructed: 3.25
Casual: 4
Limited: 3
Multiplayer: 3.25
Commander [EDH]: 3.38

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Reviews Below: 

 James H. 


faster faster go go go

Quicken is a card that’s incredibly elegant in its design, both simple and functional. Since a lot of sorcery spells are balanced out to be more powerful in exchange for not being to be able to be cast whenever, a cantrip that also lets you cheat on this is potent enough. This is definitely a card who relies on having particularly powerful things to do with it to justify its use, but even the simple case of making a board wipe happen at instant speed is a good deal, especially since it’s a cantrip for only one blue mana. It’s not a star, but it does what it does well enough.

Constructed: 3.5 (while Leyline of Anticipation is more universal, it also is a bit more cumbersome if you don’t have it in play on turn zero)
Casual: 4
Limited: 3 (it is a cantrip, so that helps with thinning)
Multiplayer: 3
Commander [EDH]: 3.25


Quicken was another card that got a lot of attention when it first came out, and like quite a few such cards, it didn’t quite make the jump to being a competitive staple. It certainly has its uses, but sometimes people have felt that it took deck space from cards that “did more”. In the situations where it’s effective, though, it can be absolutely devastating. Consider that it was in Standard at the same time as cards like Damnation. Would you pay 2UBB for an instant that said “Destroy all creatures. Draw a card”? I think we all would. Quicken might in fact be at its best in a deck with few or no non-instant, non-sorcery spells so that it’s more likely to be live – there’s probably some kind of rogue tech or odd angle involving the ability to go off at instant speed with a storm deck. 

Constructed: 3
Casual: 4
Limited: 3
Multiplayer: 3.5
Commander [EDH]: 3.5

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