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What to Do Against Arcane Enchantments
« on: November 30, 2012, 08:29:10 AM »
If you have played a skilled arcane mage this will sound familiar.  The opponent has a facedown enchantment on your mage and on himself.  You want to target the opposing mage, but are unsure you will be able to get past these hidden defenses.  Do you ignore the enchantments and fall into his trap?  Then you remember the reflected curses and lost actions and spells from previous games and you hesitate.  What should you do?

First let's look at the list of arcane enchantments and their effects:

Jinx - the enchantment on your mage might be Jinx.  If you play a quick spell you know you can at least remove it from play, but you will lose that action

Nullify - either enchantment could be nullify.  If you play an enchantment or incantation on either mage then the nullify will leave play, but your spell is lost along with mana spent

Reverse Magic - the enchantment on the opposing mage could be reverse magic.  If you play an enchantment or incantation on the opposing mage the reverse magic will leave play, but your spell and mana are lost and gained by the opponent.


So any of the three enchantments will leave play if you target the opponent with a quick spell incantation or enchantment.  But what should you play.  If any of these enchantments are on the opposing mage there is a good chance your card will have little effect or even backfire.

Backfire.  Here is the key.  What if you could use the backfire to your advantage.  A bad play backfired becomes a good play.  But there is no guarantee for backfire so you don't want to commit too heavily, so an enchantment would be best so you don't have to commit (reveal) fully.  Also two mana is not too much to invest.  So you pull a Rhino Hide from your spellbook and prepare it face down on the table, and before you know it you spend two mana to enchant your opponent with the buff enchantment.  Now the moment of truth.

Did you opponent have Reverse Magic on himself?  If so he would likely immediately pay 5 mana to reveal it.  It would leave play and your Rhino Hide enchantment would attach to your mage.  You smile with satisfaction.

Did your opponent have nullify on himself?  If so he would pay 2 mana, reveal it, and the nullify and Rhino Hide would be discarded from play.  You are still even on actions and up two mana after the play.

Did your opponent have jinx on you?  If so he would pay 1 mana, reveal it and it would leave play and your Rhino Hide would go back to your book along with your mana to your pool.

In any of these situations you have spent only a quick action and a maximum of two mana.  After the play you can feel confident to play any other prepared spell against the opponent (attacks could be still be vulnerable to mind magic, however).  How confident is the opposing mage?  Probably not much.  He is at your mercy.

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Re: What to Do Against Arcane Enchantments
« Reply #1 on: November 30, 2012, 04:12:51 PM »
our you could play a decoy and get your two mana back.




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Re: What to Do Against Arcane Enchantments
« Reply #2 on: December 03, 2012, 10:09:42 PM »
Quote from: "Hedge" post=4866
our you could play a decoy and get your two mana back.




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Re: What to Do Against Arcane Enchantments
« Reply #3 on: December 04, 2012, 11:14:17 AM »
For some reason I was in a dramatic mood last week...I could have said the same thing in one sentence.

A positive enchantment such as in my example is much better against Reverse Magic, the same against Jinx, and slightly worse against Nullify.

I would rather not even include decoy in decks where I am unlikely to leave enchantments face down, such as Beast Master.

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Re: What to Do Against Arcane Enchantments
« Reply #4 on: December 04, 2012, 12:54:26 PM »
Quote from: "Hedge" post=4866
our you could play a decoy and get your two mana back.




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But does this realy work?
Nullify says, countered enchantment is not revealed! (If i remember correctly)
But when Decoy is not revealed, it is not destroyed (destroy, when revealed), and if it's not destroyed you don't get the mana...
Except, countered is the same as destroyed...

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Re: What to Do Against Arcane Enchantments
« Reply #5 on: December 04, 2012, 09:20:12 PM »
I love the reverse magic part, the look on your opponent's face will be priceless when that happens. Although, when revealing reverse magic, can the controller choose to just let the spell be destroyed instead of playing the Rhino Hide onto the enemy mage? just a thought...