Unless you're running cards like Force of Will, one of the downsides to being a blue player is that you'll often have too choose between holding back mana to play a Counterspell or playing a threat. According to an article on the French Magic website smfcorp.net, Mark Rosewater called a meeting between Spike, Johnny, and Timmy to create a counterspell that would make them all happy. The result would be "Contrefouet", or "Counterlash" - a poweful new rare counterspell from Wizards of the Coast new expert Magic: the Gathering expansion set Dark Ascension that allows you to counter one of your opponent's spells and then play one of your own for free.
Here's the conversation, translated by Google Translate.
Secret Lair of the R & D:
Timmy: Johnny, Spike? But what are you doing here?
Spike: And you, Timmy, what are you doing this kind of straight forward? You are not your friends at the zoo with the animals? I am here, because the boss called me he needed my skills to design a card for the next set, Dark Ascension ...
Johnny: Well it's funny he called me for the same reasons!
Spike: It is not the road is a card he wanted, not a random combo infamous! And when you see how you play in tournaments, we'd rather not ask your opinion.
Timmy: Do not fight right now guys, it looks like he has left us a post-it ...
Hi, brats, we decided to make a joke to R & D: you will have to listen to a blue counterspell slamming. I pick up the copies in 2 hours and you've got to lay us something good if you glue the top of the gondola of a next-set.
Johnny: No, but it's good, I hold: Counter target spell. You can start a nonland card from your hand that shares a card type with this spell without paying its mana cost.
Timmy: Hey stop, but it lacks the name right? It's called counterspell whipping?
Spike: We already did that with Fulgurofouet when we requested a new Pyroclasm whipping, it sucks ...
Johnny: No, it was a name Fulgurofouet combo, you do not like this new spell called Asterofouet to continue the series? no? Retrofouet then? or Clavicofouet?
Spike: OK, ok ... will you take Contrefouet!
Whipping of slaves Grixis: Pathetic, let me give you a demonstration of my intransigence when we forget what makes the atmosphere of the map ...
Timmy: Quick guys, a flavor text and illustration!
Spike: A guy with a kind of magic whip!
Johnny: And the text would be "Pathetic, let me give you a demonstration"
Days later, a message of Maro:
Congratulations guys for your contrefouet, the card has been validated, that's what happens:
Counterlash - 4UU
Counter target spell. You may then cast a non land card from your hand that shares a card type with the countered spell without paying its mana cost.
Pathetique. Let me give you a demonstration.
For just one more mana than Desertion, instead of stealing an opponent's creature with Dark Ascension's Counterlash you'll be able to play one of your own. From Sphinx of the Uthuun to Blightsteel Colossus, there are a plethora of creatures to abuse with Counterwhip.
Imagine playing an Emrakul, the Aeons Torn with Counterlash?
There is absolutely no doubt that Counterlash will make change the way blue players build decks.
How will you use Counterwhip from Dark Ascension?
Dark Ascension is the second set of three in the Innistrad block. Dark Ascension will contain 158 cards, and be released on February 3, 2012.
Dark Ascension Prerelease events will occur on January 28-29, 2012. There will be Dark Ascension Launch Parties on February 3-6, 2012. The Dark Ascension Game Day will be on March 3-4, 2012.
Dark Ascension is followed by Avacyn Restored.
More from Dark Ascension:
Geralf's Messenger, Grafdigger's Cage, Beguiler of Wills, Thalia, Guardian of Thraben, Havengul Lich, Séance, Sorin, Lord of Innistrad, Moonveil Dragon, Ghoultree, Jar of Eyeballs, Increasing Devotion, Mondronen Shaman / Tolovar's Magehunter, Increasing Confusion
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