From Homelands in 1995 to Magic Arena in 2021, Memory Lapse has been on quite the journey. Now, it’ll be available in the Historic format in exchange for a rare wildcard.
Historic is a format with tons of good cards, but it’s still lacking an unconditional two-mana counterspell. Memory Lapse is still far away from Counterspell and Mana Leak, but it’s still a great option for both control and midrange decks.
At the most recent Kaldheim Championship, I piloted Four Color Midrange with a full playset of Nissa, Who Shakes the World. In that deck, Memory Lapse fits perfectly, as you can play your Nissa, untap Breeding Pool or Zagoth Triome and have a two-mana unconditional answer to let you untap with Nissa through anything your opponent tries to do.
In the same ways Nissa “untaps” two lands on activation, Teferi, Hero of Dominaria and Goldspan Dragon do the same. These three cards have desperately needed two-mana interaction and Memory Lapse certainly qualifies.
I was quite happy with Negate and Aether Gust beforehand, but I’m sure I’ll try to brew up something that involves Memory Lapse, especially in Blue-White Control that can play as many as four Field of Ruin to force the opponent to shuffle after the spell you countered goes on top of their library.
Bant Midrange was a good choice for the Kaldheim Championship, and it’ll definitely welcome Memory Lapse to the fold.
Historic Bant Midrange by Andrea Mengucci