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Voidal Replication

Card Ratings
Limited: 3.5
Constructed: 4.0

Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale 1 being the worst.
3 ... average. 5 is the highest rating.

Date Reviewed - 02.16.0

doc We finish out the week with the uncommon Arcanist tactic Voidal Replication.

One of the trickier cards to use effectively, this 3 cost and threshold tactic can be amazingly powerful. Whether you’d like to double up on Dragon Juice or double bounce by duplicating a Quotidian Assassination, or hit your opponent back after he plays his Dragon’s Strategy, Voidal Replication can be an equalizer or a back breaker.

When I say it’s a tricky card to use, here’s what I mean. A card has been “played” when the cost is paid. The rules will refer to the card as “being played”, but this also encompasses having been “played”. So, you can replicate a tactic that hasn’t resolved yet if you play Voidal Replication in response to that tactic. Why would this matter? When the cost of the tactic to be duplicated involves further cost in its text.

For example, Ritual of the Shattering Teeth has a number cost of 0. Since you have to pick a number for “X” and pay twice “X” (lets pick 3 for “X”) the numeric cost of the card as it is being played, would be 6. Thus, just to duplicate the RotSt, it’ll cost 3 (Voidal Rep) + 6 (RotSt) = 9. Then add the “X” (x 2) you now choose, and you’d have to pay a total of 15 to get the same effect your opponent did for 6.

How do you avoid this sticky situation? Let the tactic resolve, then (as long as no other tactics have been played yet) replicate it while it’s numeric cost is 0 and then set the “X” for yourself.

Ok, so it’s not that tricky, but it is something to be aware of. In limited, you’d sometimes love to have double of certain tactics so this can be very welcome. In constructed, you’ll have the opportunity to abuse your best tactics and/or effectively have 8 copies of your favorite tactic.

Limited: 3.5/5
Constructed: 4/5

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