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Devastating Dreams

Pojo's Average Rating -
Constructed: 2.30 (5 Reviews)
Limited: 3.13 (4 Reviews)
Reviewed April 1, 2002

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Could they have picked a worse card for #5? This card basically says, "waste every resource I have and kill a few of your creatures and lands." I just think that it basically has no place in today's environment. In limited, you can obviously kill lots of creatures with it, so its playable. Limited a 3.5, constructed a 1.


It just doesn't have the kind of power that you want at that cost. It's a sorcery. The discard is random. It affects you. Yes, you can get some good out of it, but the situation would be very specific, and hard to build your deck around. It's not like the old days of Wildfire where you could make all your own choices - this is not a good card.
Dream Rating: You know when you're getting chased by the faceless men and they never catch you but you never get away either?
Limited Rating: 2
Constructed Rating: 1




Why this is the #5 pick by InQuest I don't know.  I think some one can make use of this, but currently, I can't.  I would turn my back on this card in both formats right now.  It might have a chance in constructed, but it needs some work.

Constructed: 1.9
Limited: 1.7

Andrew Chapman

Devastating Dreams is still a card I am looking to
break or see broken.  It seems to be a great effect,
but the price is steep, even if easily cast.  The real
trick is to minimize or recover from the losses.

In Limited, this card is mass removal.  Is mass
removal good in Limited?  Yes.  So is this card.

Constructed: 3.5
Limited: 4.5

Doctor Mackerel

I like this card, but I don't love it. If it damaged each player for X as
well then it'd be a great setup for a finish, but as it is Devastating
Dreams will just slow the game down. It's also nice with a hand full of
Flashback and Madness, but the 'at random' stipulation means you'd want to
dump your whole hand, leaving you nothing to react to your opponents'
threats with.

In constructed, it's a nice board resetter in Sligh, and excellent with
artifact mana in a Land Destruction deck. It's OK in limited play, but take
good targetted burn ahead of it.

Constructed - 4.5
Limited - 3.5

John B

The only Dreams card that will regularly create card advantage (both strict card advantage as a result of killing creatures in a creature-light/creatureless deck and virtual card advantage if your opponent can't play anything), this card is also a decent sideboard option against 10-land Stompy. = 3.5



Judge Bill

I'm kind of torn on this card. I think it is very good in a Ponza deck.
However, I am currently unable to build a good Ponza deck, and I don't know
if one exists.

Outside of a Ponza deck, you would mainly use this to clear the board of
creatures. However, that will usually leave you with at most one or two
cards in hand, and the fact that the discard is random doesn't let you make
sure you can recover faster than your opponent.

I'm sure someone will find a home for this though, and that's part of my
constructed grading ... its potential.

It does much the same in limited, and the drawbacks are a lot bigger. You'd
have to do it for 4-5, and have a huge creature out (and not have a huge
creature out on the other side of the table).

Constructed: 3.25
Limited: 2.75

John Hornberg

Devastating Dreams is kind of iffy. It can be effective as a board clearing card for red, and possibly as a way to land-screw your opponent, but the fact that it's serious card disadvantage to do any amount of damage makes it little more than a space filler in any decks. Also, all the decks running red right now are incredibly fast, and cannot afford to use this card effectively without shooting itself in the foot as well. In constructed, I give it a 2, because no deck can use it effectively right now. It has the potential to hit a 3.5 though.

In limited, burn is good. Burn that hits all creatures is extremely good, because it is just like a Wrath of God. This card, in the end, is passable, because it is not a for-sure board clearer, but it is an extremely high pick. I give it a 4 in limited.


Limited: 4 Stars
Constructed: 3 Stars

When Torment first came out I didn't really like all of the Dreams. Now I view them differently. This one is great since it can sweep the board and destroy their chances of recovering. Although it hits you as well, you should be able to set up for it fairly well. In constructed, it might be able to help Ponza come back a little, but probably not. Nice thought, though.


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