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Urza's Saga Uncommon

Reviewed November 11, 2004


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* game store owner in CA, ShuffleAndCut

Ouch!  Take THAT, Affinity.  This puppy can wreck an Affinity deck faster than you can blink.  Meltdown used to take a kick at Academy decks, and then, after a while of feeling depressed and useless, has found a new purpose in life against Artifact's newest darling, Affinity. 

Highly situational in every way.  Other than as a sideboard card against very specialized decks, Meltdown really has little purpose.  In limited, I suppose it can side in against a nasty artifact, but this is a low pick (if you ever, for some bizarre reason, happen to draft Saga).  In casual, again, it can come in in the case of one of your opponent's having a nasty Artifact deck.  Otherwise, leave it at home in the shoebox under your bed.

Constructed: 4 (situationally)
Casual: 4 (situationally)
Limited: 1.5

   Current Price:
Meltdown - Urza's Saga - $0.99

   Works Well Against:
Arcbound Ravager - Darksteel - $15.11

Judge Bill

*Level 2
MTG Judge

*game store employee

From affinity to affinity hoser. Semifinalist Oliver Ruel had this in the sideboard of his goblin deck with Burning Wish. A very powerful strategy against the affinity deck, as it typically will get everything but Myr Enforcers. As affinity has won the Pro Tour (due to too many people thinking affinity wouldn't be there, due to all the hate), this should see some sideboard play during the next Extended PTQ season.
In casual, it would take a very strange metagame for me to play this.
Wasn't a very powerful card in Saga block limited. If it were reprinted in Mirrodin block, it would have made a huge impact. As it is, you won't play ths in limited.
Constructed: 3.5
Casual: 1.5
Limited: 1

Jeff Zandi

5 Time Pro Tour

Meltdown would have been a single card answer for all the past year's
Affinity decks. Back in the day, Meltdown made only a few sideboard
appearances in the era it was created, even though the Urza's Saga block was
full of artifact and artifact-based deck strategies. In limited play,
Meltdown was not interesting at all back in its era, would have been
FANTASTIC during the Mirrodin era and would probably be a sideboard card at
best in Kamigawa limited.
CASUAL:           3.5
LIMITED:          2.0

Ray "Monk"
* Level 3 DCI Judge
*DCI Tournament Organizer



How good is this card against affinity, or even in Vintage in general? While relegated to the world of sideboards across the world, this card is great for constructed, but almost entirely useless for limited, and completely unfun for Casual. There is, however, a wonderful feeling in Shatterstorm-ing  your opponents Affinity deck into little pieces.


Constructed:                 4

Casual:                         1

Limited:                        1



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

I'm surprised this card never caught on. I guess it wasprinted in the wrong era. It seems like it could be pretty strong right now, while everyone is tryin gto deal with affinity.

This card would seem to have very limited uses in casual groups, but would be really strong in the right tournament environment. Unfortunately, in the sets you drafted this with, you would normally pass over this card and only take it as a late pick.

Constructed: 3
Casual: 2
Limited: 2
Meltdown --

Oh how I wish this card was still legal.  Do y'all realize how much of a monster this would be against Affinity?  "I'll pay three mana and blow up every relevant part of your board."  I guess there's a reason it isn't around.  If Affinity ever makes a big enough splash in Extended, expect this card to pop up.

In casual play, if you can find a way to sneak this into your deck (or at least sideboard), then I would suggest doing it.  You have to know it will come in handy eventually, like when a buddy of yours says the words, "Mono-Silver".

In limited, I'm not sure there are enough artifacts to warrant playing this card maindeck.  Honestly, it really depends on what other packs you are playing with.

Constructed Rating: 3.0
Casual Rating: 2.5
Limited Rating: 2.0

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