Quote from Lantern »Id probably put thoughtseize as the number 1 counterspell in modern right now.
But if we are just going by pure data, Stubborn Denial is probably in the top 3.
Quote from TorrentialBeerHulk »7.Disallow - Is a key card in my particular deck that is my only playable answer to Emrakul, the Promised End's Mindslaver triggered ability.
Quote from wpgstevo »I think it's a mistake to consider Mana leak to be a top 5 counterspell, and perhaps even top 10. The card is straight up bad in the late game, which is what most of the decks that would consider a 2cmc counterspell are playing towards. Negate is almost always 100% better than Mana leak because it is a hard answer into the late game and only misses threats that can be dealt with via the rest of your removal. Mana leak is really underwhelming unless you can be the beatdown in matchups that threaten to go medium-long.
Others have somehow been including Remand on the list at all, despite it seeing almost no play. The card is just too inefficient vs aggro like burn/affinity to be on the list. At least cryptic is card advantage and much more flexible. Remand being 1U:Cycle in the meta too often should also really limit its placing to the bottom wrungs. To emphasize how bad Remand is, consider that it has effectively been replaced in control decks by Spreading Seas as more effective way of disrupting your opponent. Spreading Seas is more effective at disruption than Remand. That says alot about Remand in the meta imo.
I'd like to add that Ceremonious rejection should probably have won out over Dispel in my above list due to its broader application in the meta.
Quote from wpgstevo »Quote from TorrentialBeerHulk »7.Disallow - Is a key card in my particular deck that is my only playable answer to Emrakul, the Promised End's Mindslaver triggered ability.Summary Dismissal is a more effective answer for on-cast trigger Eldrazi, Scapeshift and storm. Try it out, works well as a bullet from the SB.
Quote from WarMachinePrime »What? No Dash Hopes on here.
Quote from TorrentialBeerHulk »Quote from WarMachinePrime »What? No Dash Hopes on here.
Or Lapse of Certainty. I mean we get Memory Lapse in Modern. MEMORY LAPSE in Modern guys. Tough crowd
Quote from ax92 »Here I think that we have to divide the conditional counters from "full" counters.
Even if right now Stubborn denial is the most PLAYED counter is far from being the most powerful, at least for me. You have to build a deck that could support that. Quite frankly I think that Negate is more powerful just because it could be played in any blue deck, without ferocious.
My list is:
1- Cryptic command
2- Logic Knot
5- Stubborn Denial
7- Spell Snare
8- Mana Leak
The reason behind that list is the fact that I ranked unconditional counters higher than the conditional ones, and stubborn denial is a thing just because Grixis Shadow is a deck, otherwise, it would see random play as side in delver/control Grixis lists.
Quote from Lemonbuster »Deprive not being mentioned until this point is a travesty. It puts logic knot to shame in my opinion. In decks with a low curve bouncing a land can often net the user mana. Its not as great in a control deck but even then bouncing a land in a deck that always hits its land drops generally means you arnt hurting for mana at most phases in the game.
Stubborn denial is hands down the most powerful single counterspell in modern. Force spike is certainly passable and when ferocious it's one of the best in the game. It just requires specific builds so it will never see the copious amounts of play like a one mana negate should.
Remand is undervalued here as well. It needs the right home but when remand is the right counterspell choice for a deck, it's obscenely good. It just isn't control card. If people viewed it as a cantrip instead of a counter it would be held in a better regard. I personally think it's a great complement to mana leak.
ceremonious rejection is purely a sideboard card but I believe deserves a spot. Tron, affinity, eldrazi, and lantern control make up at least 25% of the mtgo meta right now, and rejection hits literally almost every relevant card in those matchups for a single mana unconditionally. That's a powerful hate card.