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Budget Rare – Rite of Replication

June 3, 2011

Rite of Replication is both hilarious and usually game-winning. This alone demands that everyone look at it for inclusion their cube.

Rite of Replication

Oooh. A Mulldrifter! I'll take five.

Anyone that has ever played a casual game in the last few years knows the crazy shenanigans that occur when Rite of Replication goes on the stack late in a game. If you can kick it, you probably win. Seems good for cube, right? Yep.

Rite of Replication first hit our decks and binders with its release in the Zendikar set. Never a huge player in Standard due to another four-casting-cost blue spell *cough*, Rite nonetheless performs well in cube. It has a slightly more difficult cost than Clone, and has an additional drawback that is surprisingly common, in that it has to target a creature. This means it’s not copying creatures like Troll Ascetic or Simic Sky Swallower, which are already difficult for blue cards to deal with. On the other hand, it has a huge potential upside. When you kick it, its effect is quintupled! How would you like five Siege-Gang Commanders? Or Mirran Crusaders? Kokusho, the Evening Star. Now you’re talking.

Phyrexian Metamorph is now the most powerful and efficient Clone with the release of New Phyrexia, but if you have room for one more in your cube, try out Rite of Replication. Spectacular plays are the things that memorable cube games are made of, and Rite of Replication can end games like no other spell.

Cost:  <$1
Value:  A
Staple Cube Size:  630

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