Quote from tichI don't quite agree with that statement, unless you were referring to Ponder being better than Preordain (which I wouldn't refute for a second). Maybe in some weird vacuum it might be right to say, but I still can't behind the idea that either spell could ever trump B.Storm. As I explained earlier, Brainstorm can hide your Jace, the Mind Sculptor/ your Show and Tell/ your whatever on top of library in response to a discard effect being played (Duress, Hymn, Seize, etc.). As a Reanimator player, you must agree that sometimes you need to hang on to that Show and Tell because that Black player might also have that Leyline in the Void in play which is just shutting you out. Brainstorm can also dig for counters, such as Force of Will and Daze, at instant speed. This can be crucial when you're facing down combo decks such as Reanimator, TPS/ANT, Charbelcher, DFLT, etc. B.Storm isn't useful as an instant because you can play it at EOT, it's useful as an instant since you can use it to dig for answers RIGHT NOW if the alternative is losing the game RIGHT NOW.
Again though, I'm not trying to account for 100% of all situations or rank the cards as #1, 2 and 3 or anything. I'm trying to give a general guideline for playing the cards that most people can follow ~85% of the time. Nothing that I've said here is perfect, there's always going to weird, niche cases that my general logic doesn't account for. Still, I will stand by my statement that Brainstorm is typically always going to be the best of the 3 in decks with plenty of fetchlands to support it, even in Legacy. Is that true 100% of the time? Absolutely not. I just think that it's "correct" "enough" of the time to make it a fairly justifiable claim. Most Legacy decks with fetchlands, even combo decks, will use 4 Brainstorms before they use 4 Ponders. If you read any of Bryant Cook's articles/reports (the man basically invented Storm decks for anyone who doesn't know), he's almost always cutting a Ponder or so to make room for sideboard cards in games 2 and 3. I have never seen him cut a Brainstorm even once, and I've read every report/article he's ever written. So, even if you don't care about me or what I think, it has to say something about the card if the Storm God himself won't cut it even though Ponder can dig him 1 card deeper to help his deck go off.
Sorry what I meant was that Ponder is better than Preordain in many Legacy Decks.
My apologies for the confusion.
Cook's a great man, he even got me interested in EDH by displaying a consistent enough storm combo (but it got banned out =((( ).
Yup, current reanimator lists cuts Ponder too because it feels somewhat meh.