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7th Ed. Rare

Reviewed December 5, 2002

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Red mass removal.  One of red's greatest problems is being able to kill a lot of creatures with a single spell.  Use the targeted on fliers, and a good earthquake for 2-3 can wipe most weenie armies.  It's also a good X finisher if your life is greater than your opponents.  On top, very splashable.  Many a metagame could benefit from this card.

In limited, any mass removal is good.  As easy as it is to play, you always would play this card if it's in your arsenal.

Constructed: 4
Limited: 5
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Earthquake likes to be Red's version of Wrath of God, though on a ground level scale. Though it does have one advantage (or in some cases, disadvantage) in that it can finish off a player (hopefully your opponent). Usually, it works great, but if you happen to be too low on your life total, it can be a useless spell. But if you're ahead on life, it's great, as it brings your opponent closer to zero than you. In constructed, you'll be more assured that it will be useful as you're probably playing it in some kind of fast burn deck, and will probably have your opponent's life total lower than yours. In that case, Earthquake is a great finisher. In limited, it's still worth the space, though you'll have to be more careful with it and hopefully play a deck that is compatible.
Constructed - 4
Limited - 3

 ~ Chris

Judge Bill

A nice red spell. This helps you against all of the rush decks, giving you a board clearer without having to play another color. (I know, it doesn't hit fliers, but you can't have it all.) If I needed a card that would help me get rid of multiple creatures, and I couldn't come up with souble white or a lot of swamps in my deck, I'd probably play this.
In limited, it can help you out of a bad situation. I'd play it often.
Constructed: 4
Limited: 4

Van Zandt

Earthquake is a card you always have to take into consideration when first
evaluating a format.  It has too many benefits to overlook.  This doesn't
mean it will see play in every format,  but that it is never something you
can just dismiss,  and as a good burning wish target,  it's something you'll
need to keep in mind even if it wouldn't fit their deck normally.  In
limited,  if you were to research the recent performance of the Onslaught
card Starstorm,  you'd see exactly how amazing this card can be.  Though you
won't get many opportunities to play earthquake in limited...



Thursday - Earthquake

This card is mad fun.  It's creature removal AND it's a game finisher.  It's another one of those genereally useful cards that palyers don't look to play that often.  Unfortunately, even though it's available to play in the current standard environment, there's not a lot of room for it.  also, with all the discard floating around, holding onto this card isn't a real good option.

In limited, this card is a superstar.  If I had my mind set on playing red already, I would definitely scoop it up.

Constructed: 2.8
Limited: 4.2

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