Storm in my Heart by Scarred IV Life
A look at the comprehensive rules and some items of interest for echo.
Echo in Time
Echo cards appearing in Time Spiral:
Basalt Gargoyle (akin to Granite Gargoyle)
Firemaw Kavu (brother to Flametongue Kavu)
Flamecore Elemental (like Fire Elemental)
Mogg War Marshal (a smaller Goblin Marshal)
Subterranean Shambler (similar to Subterranean Spirit)
History of Echo
Echo was most likely influenced by other upkeep variants before it, and may have helped to shape Fading and Morph.
Echoes of the Past
Most echo cards can be divided into two categories:
Improved – Larger creatures for the mana cost
Ring of Gix
Specialist – Average size for cost, but includes a ‘comes into play’ ability
Using Echo Effectively
Ignore echo with Thick-Skinned Goblin or Eon Hub.
Swap your echo creatures for your opponent’s and watch them try to pay echo with Chromeshell Crab, Confusion in the Ranks, Cultural Exchange, Gauntlets of Chaos, and Spawnbroker (among others).
In some decks, cards like Cloudstone Curio, Equilibrium, or Blood Clock could allow you to use the specialist creatures then bounce them back before having to pay the echo cost.
How a few echo cards (Avalanche Riders and Crater Hellion) made it into the top decks of 1999-2001.
Improved echo cards can usually be stopped with bounce or flicker variants. Against specialists, the opposite is true – try instead to stop the opponent from replaying their specialists.
Favorite Card and Decklist
Lightning Dragon (it was tied with about five others, so I went with my favorite artist amongst them!)
4 Goblin Patrol
3 Thick-Skinned Goblin
4 Ghitu Slinger
4 Shivan Raptor
3 Keldon Champion
4 Lightning Dragon
Other Spells: (16)
4 Wheel of Fate
4 Seething Song
4 Rift Bolt
4 Gauntlet of Power
The deck is a mono-red aggro using both echo and suspend cards in an attempt to make up for the wonky tempo that echo can sometimes cause. The deck is chock-full of fast, red creatures and pumps them as well as your mana through the roof with Seething Song and Gauntlet of Power. Rift Bolt and Wheel of Fate are low on mana cost, allowing you to deal damage and refill your hand even when having to pay echo.