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Mental Misstep SCD

Happy Tuesday MTG peeps,

We are once more at it again with another Single Card Discussion. The card today is from the newest Magic the Gathering set, New Phyrexia and it promises to see some decent play in standard but will certainly shake things up a bit in the Legacy format (it may be knocking Force of Will down just a notch). Let's have a look at Mental Misstep . . .

Mental Misstep,

Instant, Uncommon

( can be paid with either U or 2 life.)

Counter target spell with converted mana cost 1.

One point to remember - If a spell has {X} in its mana cost, X is considered to be the value chosen for it while that spell is on the stack. This card can be played in any colour deck due to the phyrexian mana cost but most certainly will shine in a blue control build. Why is this card good ? How many times in the last few months have you seen one or more of the following spells ?

Duress, Inquisition of Kozilek, Lightning Bolt, Spell Pierce, Pre-Ordain, Condemn, Birds of Paradise, Goblin Guide, Goblin Bushwhacker, Joraga Warcaller, Kuldotha Rebirth, Steppe Linx, Lannowar Elves, Quest for the Holy Relic, Signal Pest, Condemn, Brave the Elements, Glint Hawk, Oust, Student of Warfare, Basilisk Collar, Devastating Summons, Joraga Treespeaker, Nature's Claim, etc. With the New Phyrexia set entering the standard environment this Friday, one can expect to use Mental Misstep to counter powerful one-drop spells such as Hex Parasite, Surgical Extraction, Dispise and Dispatch.

We are specifically looking to augment a deck which may already be running blue or even a blue splash to be able to play one of our recent fav counterspells, Mana Leak. To be prudent, we are thinking of using the New Phyrexian Gitaxian Probe to not only be able to draw a card but also be able to sneak a peak at our opponent's hand in order to more effeciently play Mental Misstep.

Anywhoos -

We could make an argument that this is ready to be one of the more popular uncommons in recent memory. Currently, a deck set of Mental Misstep would go anywhere from $28 to $30. Even Bloodbraid Elf never got that high in price - it peaked at around $3.50 twelve months ago and that is as far as it went. It will be odd to see the local players here crack packs and not bother going to the rare slot first but to the uncommons.

Pipe in and comment away please - where do you see this card going ? Will it make a big splash in your standard or legacy meta ?


Andrew said...

"One point to remember - If a spell has {X} in its mana cost, X is considered to be the value chosen for it while that spell is on the stack."

I'm not sure why that's relevant to Mental Mistep, since {X} always counts as zero when calculating converted mana costs.

Anonymous said...

You can't mental misstep a green sun zenith they paid 7 for to fetch a primeval titan. which sucks.

Anonymous said...

u can counter any thing that is converted mana cost 1 so XG is a one cast card

Tezrael said...

I agree with first anonymous; the value of the green sun searching for a titan is 7(6 for x plus the green)

so you cannot mental misstep it; since X is the chosen value while it is on the stack