I think this card is better than Reflector Mage.
They have somewhat different roles, but I value the versatility of the bounce, cantrip and future value of the disruption and quickens more than the 2/3 body.
Anything other than Command
Anything other than BBE or Atarka
March or Voice
Rites or Sculler
Anything other than Deed or Trophy
Anything other than Edric or Nissa
Anything other than Dack or Charm
Quote from opterown »If you had to pick three Swords to run, which ones would it be? I'm assuming Fire/Ice and Feast/Famine are the best two, but not sure whether Light/Shadow or Body/Mind are next.
Quote from BlackWaltz3 »Surprised by the response because I was thinking Bonfire > Tempt > Staggershock
Bonfire has high variance, but it makes for exciting momentum swings with enough frequency that I'm reluctant to cut this. I think the potential for this to whiff is acceptable given how stupidly good it is when it doesn't (Flame Wave for 4R or better). The floor is generally a one sided volcanic fallout for 4R which isn't completely embarrassing either and obviously the flexibility of X spells means it can be lesser or greater as needed.
Tempt is just dumb with Purphoros and I love that deck. I don't think Tempt is too great outside of that though, but worse than Staggershock? I'm not sure.
Quote from jamis »My thinking on gilded lotus is it helps non-green decks cast things like Ugin and Elesh Norn. Thran Dynamo does the same, but I think the colored mana is worth the 1 extra to help cast Elesh Norn on the spalsh, or even help someone bold enough to hardcast Griselbrand.