Blue Gets New Modal Spell In Sublime Epiphany

New instant gives five options from one spell.

Courtesy of Wizards of the Coast (WotC) and Kai Budde, take a look at Core Set 2021‘s newest blue modal spell — Sublime Epiphany.

At six mana, it’s a more balanced Cryptic Command, but can give you all five options for the extra mana as you can choose one ore more.

Counter target spell.

Expect nothing less from a modal blue spell. Counter target spell is bread and butter for this type of card and necessary to be playable.

Counter target activated or triggered ability.

A Stifle ability is new for this type of card and gives the spell versatility for dealing with permanents that have already hit the battlefield.

Return target nonland permanent to its owner’s hand.

A “fixed” version of the option on Cryptic Command prevents you from bouncing lands to Time Walk your opponent.

Create a token that’s a copy of target creature you control.

The other new option that Cryptic Command doesn’t have allows you enhance your battlefield or generate value with a creature with an enters the battlefield ability.

Target player draws a card.

Much like counter a spell, drawing a card is the other must-have option on a blue modal spell, allowing you to replace Sublime Epiphany while doing everything else.

Sublime Epiphany is certainly an incredibly powerful card; the question will be if six mana is too much for it to be playable. In a world of Teferi, Time Raveler, Mystical Dispute, and the newly previewed Miscast, six mana for this kind of spell is a lot to ask.