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Engineered Explosives 
Fifth Dawn Rare

Reviewed May 24, 2004

Constructed: 2.9
Casual: 2.8
Limited: 3

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* game store owner in CA, ShuffleAndCut

So it's a multicolored colorless gets a Pernicious Deed or Powder Keg.  Deed and Keg are great cards, and pretty hard for us to keep in stock.  Explosives is already attracting high interest from our customers, and considering all that, I'm predicting that explosives will be a sought after card.

In casual, it's a fun card, but I'm not sure if it's snazzy enough.  It's definitely an excellent card.  It will just depend on the type of deck builder Joe Casual is.  In group games, this could cause quite a stir...sure, it could have a huge potential to off a LOT of stuff.  But you will also probably draw the attention and ire of a lot of players who might just turn on you.

In limited, it's destruction, and if you're going multicolor, it's an auto include.

Constructed: 4
Casual: 2.5
Limited: 4
   Current Price:
Engineered Explosives - Fifth Dawn - $10.00

   Similar to:
Pernicious Deed - Apocalypse - $14.93
Powder Keg
- Urza's Destiny - $7.34

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Judge Bill

*Level 2
MTG Judge

*game store employee

A good Pernicious Deed type card. Good for sweeping tokens, or against any deck that has a high percentage of its permanents at a given casting cost. The only deck this would seem like this would be good against these days though (that you can get) is goblins. It might be good against MWC, but I would think you would have better choices.
This will get played in casual, before being put back in favor of Nev's Disk.
A good card to have in limited, as decks tend to bunch a lot of permanents among the 2-4 converted mana cost slots.
Constructed: 3.5
Casual: 2.5
Limited: 4

Ray "Monk"
* Level 3 DCI Judge
*DCI Tournament Organizer
*Game Store Owner (Gamer's Edge)

Engineered Explosives


Thereís been a lot of Engineered Explosives talk so far, and people are talking about it as a big sideboard card/control card. Am I the only person who sees the keyword Sunburst on there? It definitely has some possible uses in general, but by its nature it requires people to play multicolor decks, or be forced to use it for only one or two at the most, limiting its effectiveness. It will be good against Goblin decks, provided they donít have the Bidding even with mono/dual color decks, but it also canít ever be used for zero, which weakens it again. In short, I can see it having a lot of play in casual five color formats, but thatís about it.


Constructed:                 2

Casual:                         4

Limited:                        1



* game store owner (The Game Closet - Waco,TX)

* pro tour player

* Scrye writer since 2002

Engineered Explosives
I can't say that I'm a fan of this card.  Nevinyrral's Disk, Pernicious Deed, and even Powder Keg were all really good.  But this card is none of those.  You have to be playing at least three colors to give yourself some real options.  With all that being said, I don't think it's terrible.  It's just a poor replacement for these other cards.  It's so situational in limited play that there's no way I could say how good it is for the format.
Constructed: 2
Casual: 1
Limited: 2

Jeff Zandi

5 Time Pro Tour

Level 2 Judge

Engineered Explosives
This card has some advantages over Powder Keg, but overall is less powerful
than Powder Keg. Now that I've seen the entire Fifth Dawn set and played
with it a little bit, I can confidently state that most limited decks will
not have access to four or five colors, that means that Engineered
Explosives will only enter play with one to three counters. Designers were
careful not to allow this card to destroy lands, so playing it with
colorless mana for zero counters will not generally be useful. The good news
is that this newly engineered version of Powder Keg is certainly
more.explosive. More explosive because it can easily be played and used on
the same turn in the mid or late game. A very good card overall. I don't
like constructed decks with more than two colors, normally, so I can't get
too excited about this card's usefulness in constructed play.
CASUAL:              4.0
LIMITED:              4.0

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