One of the most powerful Magic: The Gathering creatures of all time, Snapcaster Mage, is being reprinted and distributed as the 2016 Regional PTQ promotional alternate art foil. Players will first need to compete in a preliminary pro tour qualifier and do well enough to earn an entry into their regional pro tour qualifier in order to snag themselves a copy of this heavily played tournament staple. With normal Innistrad copies of Snapcaster Mage pushing past $50 and foil versions surpassing $150 on the secondary market as of the time of this article’s publication date, you can bet that the new alternate art promotional foil Snapcaster Mage will quickly become a coveted card.
Snapcaster Mage – 1U
Creature – Human Wizard (Promo)
When Snapcaster Mage enters the battlefield, target instant or sorcery card in your graveyard gains flashback until end of turn. The flashback cost is equal to its mana cost. (You may cast that card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then exile it.)
Snapcaster Mage’s power is in its ability to let you to recast your deck’s best spells. It becomes even more instance when you combine it with cards which allow you to draw more cards or destroy multiple creatures, allowing you to gain even further card advantage. What’s better than recasting a Path to Exile or Mana Leak? How about using Snapcaster Mage to play Supreme Verdict, Cryptic Command or Sphinx’s Revelation from your graveyard? Doing so can completely turn a game around in your favor. White blue players also have access to Restoration Angel and Sun Titan, in case using Snapcaster Mage’s “enters the battlefield” ability once wasn’t enough. White isn’t the only color which benefits from Snapcaster Mage. Black’s Thoughtseize and Go for the Throat are two popular choices, while red’s cheap burn spells can quickly win you the game.
Snapcaster Mage’s usefulness extends beyond just Modern. In Legacy players can reuse Swords to Plowshares, Entreat the Angels, Terminus, and Fore of Will in Miracle decks. In Vintage Snapcaster Mage can be truly bonkers with restricted all-stars such as Ancestral Recall, Time Walk, or a Yawgmoth’s Will that an opponent may have countered. Let’s not forget about Commander, where players also have access to some of the game’s most crazy spells to choose from. How will you use Snapcaster Mage? Please let us know in the comment section down below.
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