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Pojo's Average Rating -
Constructed: 2.89 (10 Reviews)
Limited: 2.61 (9 Reviews)
Reviewed April 3, 2002

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#3 is Skullscorch. Is this card good in red? Yes, because its usually a Lava Axe on turn 2. If the opponent starts playing with an empty hand though, its fairly horrible. Its better than Flame Rift anyways. 

In Limited a 2, in Constructed a 2.


Kind of like Hymn to Tourach, especially when you've got a lot of other heat - they don't have much choice but to take the card loss. But like the Hymn, it stinks when they don't have cards in hand. That's why I can't rate it high - it looks good til you realize that it would have been a lot better had the choice been reversed. Take the damage if you don't have two cards to discard.
Name rating: Awesome
Limited Rating: 1
Constructed Rating: 2


I have always wanted to have a good discard forcing card in red and now we have one. For a mere RR we get to force opponents to discard 2 cards or take 4 to the head. What could be more fun ? Although the madness cards make Skullscorch a little less effective, I believe it will be played in Red based decks for a long time to come.
In limited it is a bit stronger than constructed simply because the odds of your opponent holding good madness cards is less likely. Judging from the last few PTQ's I have played in I think that many people underrate the strength of red so they are less likely to expect this little jewel.
Constructed 4.5
Limited 5
Note for today: Props to Amy English for her prize winning finish at the Dallas PTQ last Saturday.


Why this card isn't better than it is, I don't know.  I think it is secretly really good and no one is using it.  But who knows, we'll have to see as the future rolls around.  The only bad part is that it's RR to cast.  However, that still doesn't stop people from playing Hymn.  To be honest, it might actually have a home in a strange deck with Longhorn Firebeat, Skullscorch, and Blazing Salvo all in the same deck.

As for limited, it's not a great card.  It's not a rare I hope to open and it honestly doesn't bother to put one on the boat and ship it left.

Constructed: 3
Limited: 1.7

Judge Bill
The first time I looked at this card, I though, "Whoa ... a red Hymn!"

Then I looked at the card a second time and saw its real wording: "Skullscorch does 4 damage to target player. That player may discard 2 cards at random to prevent this damage. If that player does not have 2 cards in hand, that player may discard his or her entire hand to prevent this damage."

Yawn. Much like Blazing Salvo, I'll be taking the damage most of the time.

Constructed: 2.25
Limited: 1.25

John B

If it said 5 damage, or it said "Deal 4 damage to target player unless they discard 2 cards at random from their hand" so that they would have to take the damage when they have an empty hand it would be good. As it stands, it is subpar, but not horrible.


Doctor Mackerel


I really think this card is overrated. Random discard is good, but choosing what your opponent discards is better, and look how many people play cards like Last Rites. This card is at its best when they have a couple of major bombs, and then they'd just take the 4 damage.

The cost is good, but I hate the fact that you're helping your opponent with the Odyssey Block mechanisms. It's a pretty solid pick, but not a game winner.

Constructed - 3.5
Limited - 4.5


Limited **

Constructed ***

The drawback to this card is that the opponent will always get to pick their best case scenario. If they don't want to lose the good cards they have... they'll gladly pay the 4 life. Later in the game if they have no cards in hand this card is REALLY bad. A decent sideboard option versus control... not worth a maindeck slot IMO.

John Hornberg

A Hymn for red, or 4 damage for 2 mana. Take your pick, it's a decent card. The problem is this: does red really need it right now? 

I say no, because there is enough burn out there to shoot almost every creature in the format, not to mention Skullscorch, if damage is chosen, is only to a player. I give it a 2.5 in constructed.

In limited, I don't know. 4 to a player for 2 mana is really good, but it's too iffy. There's too much theshold, madness, and flashback out there for then to really want to take 4 damage. I give it a 2.5 here... a blah pick, and a space filler at best in draft.


Limited: 3 1/2 Stars
Constucted: 4 Stars

I really liked Hymn to Tourach when it was around (unless it was aimed at me, of course) and like this attempt to give red one of them. It's not as great in limited (I think) since you want to be able to hit creatures with your burn, but two cards isn't that bad to get (or 4 life). In constructed, you can throw it into sligh to get some extra pressure going at your opponent.

Andrew Chapman

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