I love the fact that Loxodon Smiter is immune to 99% of countermagic and discard, but is just a vanilla dude once it's actually on the board. You're practically guaranteed to get this from your hand onto the battlefield unmolested, but once it's there the only thing protecting it from removal is its 4 toughness.
Totally called the counterspell yesterday, when m13 came out and when people started to POed about SCM+Mana leak. Perfect counterspell for a SCM Standard not to strong to define the format but strong enough to be played when you need a counterspell in your deck.
Syncopate? Really? If this is what all the "can't be countered" stuff revealed in the set so far is meant to hose, then there is a serious problem with Wizards' perception of power. I don't recall Syncopate being very powerful when it was last in Standard (after all, when it was last in Standard, so was the original Counterspell).
Loxodon Smiter is crazy. Ignoring the Obstinate Baloth ability, it's a vanilla 4/4 for THREE MANA. Ramp decks can get this out on turn two pretty easily.
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