Reiterate – Time Spiral Remastered
Date Reviewed: April 7, 2021
Commander [EDH]: 3
Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale. 1 is bad. 3 is average. 5 is great.
So, there are like a hundred different Fork variants, but only one with buyback. There’s probably a good reason for that: doubling anything snowballs very fast (just ask Vorinclex!), and repeating anything can get very frustrating for opponents (just ask anyone who’s tried out Narset’s Reversal!). Assuming you can meet Reiterate’s high mana costs, you can do both at once as many times as you like. It’s sometimes better used to help get to a critical mass of doubling effects in a deck built around that, but the times you do pull off the buyback will make for some interesting stories. It’s also going to get a whole new dimension, if you’ve seen the wording on some Strixhaven cards . . .
Limited: 3/5 (it doesn’t truly protect your creatures from removal, but it does make it symmetrical . . .)
Reiterate is a clear homage to Fork, in both its effect and its artwork. While it costs one mana more at base, buyback is a subtly brutal mechanic in a long game where you can pay for it, and the only thing better than one copy of a spell is two copies of the spell. Usually. It’s a card with a very specific home, and while it’s usually overshadowed by Reverberate and Twincast, some decks like to hit critical mass with this sort of effect. And note that it’s not limited to your own spells.
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