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Pojo's Harry Potter Card of the Day

Backfire! - Chamber of Secrets

Power Needed: 6 Charms
Card Type: Spell
Effect: Do 5 damage to your opponent.
Card No: 92
Rarity: Common
Set: Chamber of Secrets
Average Rating: 2.58 (based on 5 reviews) 
Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale
1 being the worst.  3 ... average.  
5 is the highest rating.


An exact reprint of the old Stupefy. Back in the early days, when the base set was the only one out, Stupefy was commonly seen. At 5 damage delivered, it sits on the high end of Charms spell damage. Eventually, most players came to realize that the additional point or two of damage this spell provided wasn't worth the loss of flexibility in targeting opposing creatures that is given by more popular cards, such as Stream of Flames. If block format play ever takes hold in the Harry Potter card game, then I would expect this card to make a small comeback. For those that don't know, Wizards of the Coast (WOTC) makes a card game called Magic: The Gathering (MTG), which is rather similar to Harry Potter, which they also make. MTG regularly has sets come out in a pattern of one large set followed by two small ones. That group of three sets is considered a block, and there are competitions held that only allow people to play with cards the belong to a group of three sets. Being a larger set, Chamber of Secrets could be the start of a Harry Potter block format. Or not. We don't know, because WOTC hasn't said. In any event, in open play, Stupefy/Backfire represents an idea who's time has come and gone.

Rating: 2.5


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Hmm with this and the new password cards mono charms could become a force to be reckoned with five guaranteed damage for six power with no discard is nothing spectacular but it is not terrible. I would play this and often do in my quick potions/charms deck. If you need quality spell damage this is your spell.

Rating: 2.5


I feel like I've seen this card before....I did, I did. Backfire is one of those cards that only do damage. These days, that just doesn't amount for much, you're better off with a Blue Wig, or perhaps even an Ouch! The idea these days is to do damage and then get a bonus effect and this card doesn't give you that. Granted its a nice little punch. But there are just better options out there.

Rating: 2.5


This set has quite a few "mimic" cards from old sets. This leaves the impression that WotC may actually be putting thought into a tournament format and start helping the game out alot. Only time can tell, but for now we go with the flow. Since Backfire! is basically the same as Stupify, if you love Stupify, you'll love Backfire! just as much. Since they technically have different names, you could have 4 of each which is 8 cards that have the same effect. That is.. until they limit gameplay, but even then, some might still play "old school" formats. :)

Rating: 3


Is it just me or does this card give ya deja vu. Wow! its a stupefy!!! people have been playing with stupefy in various decks since base set. definitely not in all charms decks, but definitely not one of those never seen cards like erumpent potion. 5 damage for 6 power... not bad.

Rating: 2.4

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