Quote from tronix »i feel like there is more aversion to play the card than there should be. hand filtering, even at the initial cost of card disadvantage, is extremely powerful in a format where your deck contains cards that are exceptional for a matchup and other cards change in value at various points in the game.
that being said one of the biggest reasons not to run faithless looting in jeskai is that we are a deck that wants/needs to keep developing its mana throughout the game. even if cards like countermagic are seemingly dead when you are behind, being able to stockpile resources in your hand is essentially how we apply pressure to most opponents. we want to get to the point where we have dealt with everything meaningful, but the chances of the opponent clawing back into the game gets smaller and smaller.
i did entertain the idea for a bit, but ultimately let it go without committing to testing it myself. i also looked for other flashback cards that we might look to for extra value, and the only ones were think twice and desperate ravings. both of which arent that great.
Thanks, I like all this banter, I feel like I am learning a lot