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Pojo's Average Rating -
Constructed: 3.16 (7 Reviews)
Limited: 4.13 (7 Reviews)
Reviewed March 22, 2002

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Turn 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.


Broken in Limited, very solid in Constructed, I would have to say that Cataclysm is jus a naughty card.
Limited Rating: 5
Constructed Rating: 3


Exodus...huh I remember that 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.
Constructed-3.5 (Too much set up required for a higher number)
Limited-4.5 (Excellent but not amazing beyond everything else)


Cataclsym.  This 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.

Constructed: 2.0
Limite: 2.3


Limited: 3 1/2 Stars
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 terribly shabby.


Friday - Cataclysm

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 remainder. 

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 monster card.

Constructed - 4.5
Limited - 4\


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