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Urza's Rage

Reviewed August 23, 2002


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Again a card that won't make it because of "kicker", Urza's Rage is a great card. It's very playable, costed correctly - overall a big success from R&D.

I'd love to see it in 8th Edition, but I know it doesn't have a snowball's chance.

Limited: 5
Constructed: 5
8th Edition Readiness: 0

Judge Bill

An extremely effective spell for what it does. Slices, dices, kills, and can't be countered. The mana cost is a bit high, but, these days, it does 3 damage at instant speed. Nothing does it for cheaper (if you cast it the normal way) in type 2 these days. Constructed or limited, a good card for most any deck.

Constructed: 5
Limited: 5

This thing would be great to have in 8th edition, but it has the same flaw as Wednesday's cards do ... kicker. If they could somehow remove the kicker and just make 3 damage for 3 mana, uncounterable, it would be a great card in 8th edition.

Urza's Rage is a card I never want to see come back into type II.  The day it does will be the day I quit Magic.  

It manages to house blue a little too well, especially since the only way blue can even deal with it is with something like Misdirection or Divert.  Putting aside its kicker cost, which pretty much means that unless there is a major policy change this card will not be in 8th. it is a broken card.  It resembles the can cantrip cards in a way, because it tacks 2 extra mana onto a pre-existing spell to get something that is supposedly better (2 Mana for uncounterable to a Lightning Bolt.)  RAge is also very versatile, because it can be 3 for 3cc, or 10 damage that your opponent has to swallow like it or not for 12.  It is a card that can help along a speedy death, or help to add to a slow, agonizing demise against a control deck.

In constructed, it's broken.  It's versatile.  It's red's best friend.  Most of all, there is no substitute in your deck.  A 4.5 for constructed.

In limited, it was removal.  It's good, and making your opponent swallow 10 is fun, but there is always better stuff.  Agonizing Demise would go before this in my opinion.  Rage is a good addition to any deck in limited, and will be picked high, but it does not take precedence over a spectacular card like Agonizing Demise.  A 4 in limited.  With any luck, you get both.

Could this be the last decent instant speed burn spell we ever see ?

Although it is more expensive than it's cousins Incinerate and the late, lamented, Lightning Bolt, it is without question a very good card. The uncounterability makes the 2R cost ok and I have yet to find a red deck that doesn't need this spell. I hope it makes 8th but with all the blue boys running R&D now I am afraid that decent red instants are gone for good. 

Constructed 5
Limited 5

Michael Garten Urza's Rage is by far one of the best burn spells ever printed. It offers a solid, almost guaranteed three damage in the early game, killing smaller creatures. Later, it provides a nearly unstoppable ten damage, almost always killing an already burn-damaged player. A 4.5 in constructed, a 4.5 in limited. Of all of the burn spells in the game, Urza's Rage should be reprinted in eighth edition, offering a solution to control decks, where no solutions existed before.

Copyright 2001


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