The powerful eternal staple Stifle will be reprinted in Wizards of the Coast's upcoming Magic: The Gathering set Conspiracy. This innocent looking blue rare can make an incredible impact on a game.
Stifle - U
Counter target activated or triggered ability. (Mana abilities can't be targeted)
"Superior force meets woefully inadequate object. What paradox were you expecting?"
-Azguri, archmage of Evos Isle
Why is Stifle such an amazing card? One common play is to use Stifle to prevent an opponent's fetchland from finding a shockland or blowing up one of your dual lands with their Wasteland or Strip Mine. Alternatively it could be used in conjunction with the previously mentioned non-basic land hate. Regardless of if Stifle is being used defensively or offensively, denying your opponent resources in the first few turns can have a pivotal on the eventual outcome of the game.
Of course there's a plethora of other situations Stifle will save you from. Is your opponent about to win the game with Maze's End? Stifle will buy you another turn. Is a Gift of Immortality creating nightmares for you? Stifle will put a stop to that. Dack Fayden about to steal your Time Vault or Voltaic Key? Not this turn. The list goes on.
Originally printed in Scourge, Stifle was recently made into a judge promo. You'll notice that the new Stifle from Conspiracy uses the artwork from the judge promo. This is an interesting new precedent, however we can't help but feel slightly disheartened that this move slightly degrades the uniqueness of judge promos as a whole. A third new artwork (or the original) may have been a better option in order to keep the judge Stifle special in our opinion.
How will you use Stifle?
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