Pojo's Magic The Gathering
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3.16 (7 Reviews)
Limited: 4.13 (7 Reviews)
Reviewed March 22, 2002
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1, Plains, Mox Diamond, Soltari Priest. Turn 2
Plains, Empyrial Armor, Turn 3, Cataclysm, extend
hand. A game breaker in Limited, easily a five. In
Constructed, the right decks really were nutty and
could wreck just about anything. A 4.
in Limited, very solid in Constructed, I would
have to say that Cataclysm is jus a naughty
remember that set...it was ok. This card looks a
lot better now than I remember it being in the
day. It was big destruction for a reasonable
price. It required a lot of setting up but with
a good creature, and enchantment in play it was
really good. I don't remember a whole lot of
constructed decks with it but there sure could
have been. I guess the nature of Tempest block
worked around it. Tempest of course was the best
set ever. Feel free to argue this point but you
will be wrong.
In limited it was a
definite 1st pick and was pure octane.
much set up required for a higher number)
(Excellent but not amazing beyond everything
card was good when you had a white weenie creature
with Empyrial Armor on it and a Mox Diamond out.
Unfortunately that situation doesn't come up
all that often. It's not a Wrath of God.
It's not a Balance. It's not an Armageddon. It's
not a Shatterstorm. It's not a Tranquility.
It's really just a....well a uh... well,
it's just Cataclysm.
As for limited. I think everything destroys
lots of stuff is useful in limited. Unfortunately
it's only good when you are on the losing end of a
game and want to try and use it as an equalizer.
Limited: 3 1/2
Constructed: 4 Stars
I have always liked
Cataclysm. It was part everything for mass removal
and could work in your favor in decks like White
Weenie. For limited, it didn't have quite as much
power since you couldn't build your deck around
getting set up for it, but it still wasn't too
Cataclysm is another highly circumstantial
card. The bonus is that it works as
a very cheap board resetter, but leaving some
opposing permanents undamaged can be disastrous
for Cataclysm's controller. Leave yourself a
little removal after you play it to mop up the
In constructed, you could
easily build a nice little lock around the
enchantment, artifact, creature and land that
you're allowed to keep. Add in some targetted
removal and you're looking at a winner. In limited
you won't be able to use Cataclysm to its full
potential, but at that cost you've still got at a
Constructed - 4.5
Limited - 4\