Aether Vial

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theaeng(19.02.2021 18:14)

This cards needs reprint and fetch lands of course.

hugo87(11.05.2015 03:53)

One of the best uncommons ever printed, no doubt about it. Having to pay 13+ euro for an uncommon is a pain though

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