Spoiled today Oct. 18, 2013 in an article by Sam Stoddard on DailyMTG.com, Unexpectedly Absent is an impressive new "Magic: The Gathering" card from Wizards of the Coast's upcoming multiplayer product "Commander (2013 Edition)." This rare white instant is sure to quickly become a staple in all eternal formats, not just commander.
Unexpectedly Absent - XWW
Put target nonland permanent into its owner's library just beneath the top X cards of that library.
Once you've been dragged down the currents of time, you'll never quite trust your own permanence again.
For just one more white mana than Swords to Plowshares Unexpectedly Absent can hit all nonland permanents, not just creature cards. While the creature won't be exiled, your adversary doesn't gain any life. As Stoddard is apt to point out, "X can be zero" and there's two rampantly played targets for Unexpectedly Absent in Legacy: Tarmogoyf and Jace, the Mind Sculptor.
Unexpectedly Absent will temporarily deal with commanders for one mana less than a Chaos Warp/Oblation, however you'll have the added versatility of dealing with other troublesome permanents as well. Plus in commander you'll likely have much more mana to spend on X, ensuring you won't see the targeted nonland permanent for quite some time.
Because there's only one copy of Unexpectedly Absent in the "Evasive Maneuvers" deck, it's a safe bet it'll be a chase card commanding a significant amount on the secondary market. Can it live up to Scavenging Ooze?
How will you use Unexpectedly Absent?
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