Pojo's Magic The Gathering
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2.89 (10 Reviews)
Limited: 2.61 (9 Reviews)
Reviewed April 3, 2002
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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
In Limited a 2, in
Constructed a 2.
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
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.
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.
The first time I
looked at this card, I though, "Whoa ... a
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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