Sorry, I meant good permanent hate cards. Tormod crypt is ok and grafdigger's cage is awesome. It's like a grafdigger's cage for decks that cast lots of non-creature spells. And that's a pretty huge deal IMO, because storm and other decks had the advantage of constantly being faster than hate, being able to go off before they landed or having to respond to less cards because their opponents weren't able to deploy them fast enough.
I guess this sort of fills the gap that the restriction of misstep opened. It gives a serious tool for tempo and control decks to push decks like PO and DPS into the mid-game where they can start piling up more hate pieces and/or get their draw engine + counter wall online.
Seems maindeck-able in Hatebears and Landstill, greatly increases consistency of turn 1 plays for Hatebears and helps Landstill by pushing the opponent into its long game gameplan and preventing more "veloce" blue decks from overpowering it with multiple broken spells.
This also seems like it could be really insane in a Bazaar deck (at least theoretically), since the tempo generated by this card is enough for a Bazaar deck to beat any deck that could potentially race it otherwise.
Enchantress with all the enchantment creatures finally gets a place in Vintage? My Boon Satyrs/Coursers are gonna wreck face.
4 of these and 4 Fastbond are all the noncreature spells I need
This card demolishes Enchantress. Let's play Chains and Arcane Lab also.
This card will slot extremely nicely into my GWB Hatebear/Human shells. I used to run Eidolon of Rhetoric + Grand Abolisher + Thalia, Guardian of Thraben for an extremely restrictive triumvirate of power that keeps Xerox decks and other blue decks at bay. This is almost a strict upgrade to that. This card has me very excited to brew again for the first time in a while. Nice job Wizards!