Ever hear someone wax poetic about a card and just think, “Really?” I’m that way with Coiling Oracle. Everyone and their kid sister seems to think that it’s amazing in ETB decks, but as an avowed ETB connoiseur, I’m not impressed. Paying two mana to either draw a card or put a land into play is merely average, and when that mana has to be UG, the luster really begins to fade. Getting UG on turn two is difficult in most three-color decks, so the oracle can sit in your hand until turn four or five until you’ve been able to fix your mana with Cultivate, and by then you’d rather be casting Titans and getting some board presence going, not wasting time on pseudo-cyclers. Yes, it can be bounced to get more value, but you’re not really getting that much value off your bounce. I don’t know about you, but I’d rather be getting re-buys on Mulldrifters, Acidic Slimes, and Karmic Guides. My 99s are cramped enough as it is, and I don’t have the space to waste on piddly little do-nothing elf…things.
So that’s a load off of my chest. I feel much better now. I’m curious, though – what other community favorites out there have their own little hatedoms? Speak up in the comments – inquiring minds want to know!