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Onslaught Common

Reviewed November 30, 2002

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Sparksmith could be an interesting addition to Goblin based decks. It gives you the ability to deal with creatures that you just can't handle. However, it does have some nasty drawbacks. If you have 7 Goblins in play, it's going to do 7 damage to whichever creature, even if it's toughness is only 2. Now, that in itself isn't bad, but... it also hits YOU for 7. You're only going to be able to handle that once or twice before it hurts too much.
In constructed, I don't believe it will see too much play.
In limited, it's a great pick if you have the Goblins to support it, and it can get you out of a jam if necessary for just a bit of pain.
Constructed - 2
Limited - 4

Judge Bill

Now we get to one of the cards that has allowed a resurgence in red decks. Reusable removal, given enough goblins. Even does 1 by itself. And the drawback of you taking damage too isn't really one for a red mage, although the using of your life total for stuff like this feels slightly black to me. No matter. If you're playing red beatdown, you almost always want to be playing this.
I'd play this in limited even if I only had 1 other goblin. It's that good. If I saw this in draft, I'd generally take it.
Constructed: 5
Limited: 5++++++

"RaNd0M" Schewppe

Thursday - Sparksmith

This will be huge. So many combos can be based around this card it's
pathetic. NO creature is safe. This is the big goblin on campus in the
goblin decks you'll see in constructed. And this'll be a GREAT limited pick.
Anyway, if you can get four of these, put them in your red deck. If you
can get these in a Sealed tournament, play red. Because this is a GREAT card
and WILL win you games.

Constructed: 4.5
Limited: 5

John Hornberg

Hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving!

Anywho, Sparksmith is a great card for limited. He shoots stuff, and
has the potential to shoot stuff for a lot. The only downside is that
you smack yourself too. A price that is worth taking in limited because
it could help you get an annoyance off the board, and allow you to swing
through for the victory. You trade off vices with Sparkcaster - you
smack yourself in order to prevent something from smacking you a lot
later. In limited, a 3 out of 5, and a solid pick if your playing Red,
and is a must pick if you play Goblins.

In constructed, the jury is still out on whether this card should make
it into an Onslaught Block Goblin-Sligh deck. It is good, and can clear
the path to allow something like Goblin Piledriver or Blistering Firecat
go right through for the win or a lot of damage, but could weigh you
down later on should you get caught in a long drawn out war.I give it an
even rating of 2.5 out of 5, because it could be good, but that will be
determined in future sets.

Copyright 2001


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