This hand is just too slow. On turn two you can either Burning Wish for Past in Flames or get a copy of a ritual effect then on the third turn, the other line. This sets up a turn four Past in Flames kill if our opponent doesn’t kill us or have countermagic. This is wishful thinking.
Hand 3: (on the play)
You’ve already mulliganed once and your hand has some interaction with mana. I wouldn’t expect an average five card hand to be any better.
Hand 4: (on the draw)
This should be very obvious, this hand just doesn’t do anything. You would need to draw two different initial mana sources for your rituals and tutors while hoping your opponent doesn’t have any interaction.
Hand 5: (on the play)
Six Goblins on the play isn’t fast enough to stop Emrakul, the Aeons Torn or Griselbrand from taking over the game. Four turns is just too slow. The only way I see this line of play winning is if multiple disruption spells are drawn.
This hand has all sorts of things wrong with it. No disruption, no tutor effects, and no consistent mana sources. An average six card hand would be much better.
Hand 7: (on the play)
Leyline of Sanctity is very common in Sneak & Show sideboards, this hand has an answer to the annoying enchantment. It also has a way to fix your hand in case they don’t have Leyline of Sanctity in their opening hand. I think this is a fine hand, it has ways to find what it needs and is more reliable than most five card hands. Keep it!
Hand 8: (on the draw)
This hand is this article’s “no-brainer”. A turn one hypothetical kill with disruption back-up. The real decision is what to name with Cabal Therapy. I would likely name Force of Will as it’s mathematically more probable than Spell Pierce or Flusterstorm(assuming they leave open mana).
I’ll provide my answer in the next article, but for now, make sure to post your thoughts!
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