Reveal a card in your hand, then put that card into play if it has the same name as a permanent in play.
Does this have any possiblities in conjunction with other cards. I think it might function well in some sort of stupid combo/theme deck.
If this were an instant it'd have alot more potential methinks dammit
Face it, it's bad.
You have to find a way to get the first permanent into play without it, then you have to get the second copy onto your hand, and then you can use this spell.
If it's difficult enough to get the permanent into play that it's worth expending an extra card using Retraced Image, then how did you get the first copy into play?
If it's not that difficult to get the first copy into play, why do you need Retraced Image for the second copy?
My thought is that the best use for Retraced Image would be - - Turn 1: Island, Retraced Image revealing a second Island.
You would get a jump up the mana curve at the cost of a card.
I'm not saying that it's good, just that it's the best use I can think of.
Use it in some sort of reanimator build maybe?
That's what I was going to say.
Reanimator or Sneak Attack type decks could make a decent use of this card. Possibly a replenish as well.... Although the jumping up the mana curve idea is one that I definetely failed to think about, so maybe there's something out there I'm failing to think of.
while not altogether perfect, you could put it in a beat-stick deck. imagine playing your thorn elemental, and with another blue, dropping a second copy into play the same turn. that's mana intensive to begin with, but if you played U/G, with birds, llanowar's, and the like, it wouldn't be that bad.
and same concept, but different deck, use it in an armageddon deck. like the old ones with serra angel, sengir vampire or something like that. drop the creature, and then next turn geddon while tapping for a floating blue to cast another creature copy.
while retraced image doens't appear to have tier 1 written on it yet, it does bring up interesting possibilities.
I was mainly kicking around the idea of using it wth some card like Sneak Attaqck, Flash, or Tidal Wave maybe. Just a thought.
I just pulled it out of a winnings pack today, so I haven't tried this yet at all,
but I'm looking at in a counter-Rebel deck.
At the worst, it's a second land drop.
More typically, I hope to fetch one of whatever Rebel I have in my hand,
and drop that one as well.
It's interesting in that it can drop any permanent.
It'd be a sick instant. I wish.
bah - both of them suck.
Honestly, to me Retraced Image looks like some blue mana acceleration (pick an Island as your card). Consider the fact that blue has lots of good, moderatly expensive stuff and this doesen't look too crappy. Admittedly, it would take quite a bit of luck and creativity to use, but anything that gives blue speed should be considered IMO.
well, in magic online I have been using retraced image in an accelerated blue deck, with lots of cantrips and cognivore for the kill. I've usually used it to play islands, and dream of throwing in a cognivore with the doppelganger, then copying it with a retraced image.
but the best use of it is to get a second threat into play, while still having counter backup. It's card disadvantage though, so I'd never use it in type 1.