Clone is not terrible

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If the recently rotated standard taught us anything, it is that Clone effects are better than we've experienced in our most recent past. Reasons listed below:

Geist of Saint Traft
Serenity Angel
Sigarda
Thragtusk
Thalia
Restoration Angel
and so on.

Granted we were recently spoiled by Phantasmal Image /Phyrexian Metamorph. I don't think sideboarding Clones (or evil twins if in color) is such a  stupid decision. Of course, I apply this logic to decks that don't just want to Wrath all day.

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I think it's a cool toy in and against midrange decks if it's in your colours, but kinda dependent on your strategy and other answers against such lists if you want to take them along.

I like playing my clones and then blinking them with Resto in response to such lists later on.
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With Caverns coming in now to secure things like Sigarda coming in against RWU. I think Clone isn't horrible. I mean these decks don't typically want to Wrath. I've also come to like the RWU match-up against many of these mid-range decks.

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Clone is a great card... very maindeckable.... if it doesn't help you to clone your own guys then it deserves SB slots if you're in blue.

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The only ways to remove a Geist for less than 4 mana are Rolling Temblor, Liliana of the Veil, and Tribute to Hunger.  Miracled Bonfire and Terminus work, but you can't really plan for them.
The problem with clone is that instead of spending 2 mana to kill their 3 cmc geist, you're spending 4 mana to kill their 3cmc geist.  And half the time it's already gotten a hit in.


That's not the problem. If that was the only use of Clone it would be true but you pay extra to do other things with it. 
The problem with clone is that instead of spending 2 mana to kill their 3 cmc geist, you're spending 4 mana to kill their 3cmc geist.  And half the time it's already gotten a hit in.


That's not the problem. If that was the only use of Clone it would be true but you pay extra to do other things with it. 


The power level of those things varies by your deck and your opponent's deck.


really? I wasn't sure that's how this interaction worked. 
The only ways to remove a Geist for less than 4 mana are Rolling Temblor, Liliana of the Veil, and Tribute to Hunger.  Miracled Bonfire and Terminus work, but you can't really plan for them.


There's also "playing a 2 power dude"
The problem with clone is that instead of spending 2 mana to kill their 3 cmc geist, you're spending 4 mana to kill their 3cmc geist.  And half the time it's already gotten a hit in.


That's not the problem. If that was the only use of Clone it would be true but you pay extra to do other things with it. 


The power level of those things varies by your deck and your opponent's deck.

 
 
  
"playing a 2 power dude" hardly counts as removal against Geist of Saint Traft, considering the suite of removal spells available in Standard. Secondly, if your opponent has boarded Geist in in the first place, then you are probably in a control mirror, in which situation "2 power dudes" are not in abundance - and you probably don't want to waste a snappy as a chump blocker, do you?


Furthermore, your point that Clones power level varies by your opponents deck is (mostly) invalid, as Evil Twin etc. are typically going to be sideboarded in if you are dealing with a deck that has a host of juicy targets. Not only that, if Geist is a threat in the first place (you don't have a sweeper or chump blocker available), then Cloning it to death for 4 mana is far from a bad play.
The very logic that GoST is going to hurt you before you can answer it is logic enough to warrant boarding in Clone so you can remove even slower answers like Terminus. Rather take 6 than 18-24. This increases the likelihood you'll have a clone or verdict to beat it. Or have access to all 3 post sideboard. Plus, an Angel of Serenity can get your Clone back... AoS doesn't reclaim your Verdicts or Terminus (which also happen to answer your own angel here).

I wonder if some people even play the game sometimes or if their comments are based purely on conjecture from reading words on cardboard and the desire to argue on the internet.

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I wonder if some people even play the game sometimes, or if they are just looking for a place to mock people and pick fights.



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The problem with clone is that instead of spending 2 mana to kill their 3 cmc geist, you're spending 4 mana to kill their 3cmc geist.  And half the time it's already gotten a hit in.


and they usually have like 7 counters

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Sigarda is a good reason as well. I'm seeing her played more and more. I know you can Wrath, but sometimes you are playing a tempo deck and you don't want to kill your own dudes.

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