The Week That Was: Taking Dictation; or, A Flare for Dictation

My Journey into Nyx preview card is a fresh new take on a type of card that has been around since the earliest days of Magic. Mana Flare goes all the way back to Alpha but has not seen a ton of tournament play over the years—it turns out that not all symmetry is created equal. The trouble with Mana Flare is tapping your mana—at a rate of one mana per mana-producing land—on your turn and letting your opponent untap to have access to a rate of two mana per mana-producing land on his or her next turn.