Aetherspouts – A Magic the Gathering Card Review

Aetherspouts  is a very interesting Blue card in Magic the Gathering’s Magic 2015 Core Set. It was an extremely strong Limited card that even saw some Standard sideboard play for awhile. That was because of the crazy aggro decks in the format before Innistrad block rotated out of Standard. Yes, it costs three generic mana and two Blue mana (3UU). Still, it’s an instant spell that is clearly a better version of Aetherize.

For reference, Aetherize is an Instant from Gatecrash for 3U that returns all attacking creatures to their owner’s hand. But, Aetherspouts is a somewhat better card because it returns attacking creatures to the deck for only one more mana. That’s much more devastating for an opponent to deal with if it’s a lot of creatures that are being returned.

Aetherspouts  even makes your opponent decide which creatures go on top and which creatures go on the bottom of the deck. So, instead of simply giving your opponent their creatures back to their hand, you deprive them of all those creatures, making them have to draw them again. Then, they have to choose whether they want to draw those creatures again sooner or later. Plus, if any of them were token creatures, they are gone forever. Ouch.

In Standard, Aetherspouts gave Blue decks a nightmare for aggro decks to deal with in their arsenals. It did see some Standard sideboard play at the very least, as the perfect counter to ultra-aggressive decks. Five mana was just too much for Modern, though. So, since rotating out of Standard hasn’t been seen competitively. However, in Commander, Aetherspouts has become a staple in many Blue decks, so this card still definitely has a home.

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