you know or counter spell and cancel the flavor text should have been: "DENIED" and "REJECTED". That would just piss some folks off and it sums up what you just did to them that and I like the announcer from unreal tournament.
personal taste thing I'd say. Hands are pretty meaty for the most part, and it's all relative to the light of the environment, I guess it could go either way depending on what you want to emphasize in the image. That hand was already dominating the image by its size, I'd be concerned it might take over