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Stone Rain 
Champions of Kamigawa

Reviewed November 3, 2004

Constructed: 3.1
Casual: 2.1
Limited: 2

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* game store owner in CA, ShuffleAndCut

Yes, the classic.  A must in land destruction decks, as well as some versions of Ponza.  To be effective, you really need to couple it up with multiple land destruction spells, and it does best against multi color decks.  In limited, it really is decent in multiples against 3 or more colors.  If you can deprive your opponent of his splash color, you can really hurt him, since splash colors are usually reserved for the most amazing cards of another color. 

In casual, it could be fun if you have a very focused deck built around the concept.  Otherwise, generally not an inclusion.

Constructed: 3
Casual: 2
Limited: 2.5

   Current Price:
Stone Rain - Champions of Kamigawa - $0.23

   Combos Well With:
Befoul - Champions of Kamigawa - $0.13
Sinkhole - Unlimited - $30.35
Ice Storm - Unlimited - $16.62
Ice Quake - Ice Age - $0.59
- 7th Edition - $1.34
- 8th Edition - $0.39

Note:  Stone Rain is one of those cards that comes from a MULTITUDE of sets (18, as Jeff points out below).  If you are interested in finding a set other than Kamigawa that has Stone Rain, you can use the Search feature on our site to find them, or any other card. (Be sure to click the "Search" button instead of hitting Enter.).

Judge Bill

*Level 2
MTG Judge

*game store employee

Stone Rain

We've never done Stone Rain? Who'd'a thunk?

A classic spell for its purposes. It destroys lands for 3 mana. Get enough of these effects in your deck, and against slow decks, you can prevent them from casing their cards. Good to do its job, and good in the deck it does its job in. Not recommended for casual (due to the "I won't play that again" factor) or limited (where one random land destruction is not usually enough to throw them off their game plan. You're much better off using the slot to do something to attack their life total, such as a creature.)

Constructed: 3
Casual: 1.5
Limited: 1.5

Jeff Zandi

5 Time Pro Tour

Stone Rain
This old favorite makes its 18th appearance in the game of Magic, the most
appearances of any card in the game. (Disenchant is a close second with 15
different print appearances) Stone Rain serves no special role in limited
play, but provides a base of predictable land destruction for constructed
formats for the next several years.
CASUAL:           3.0
LIMITED:          2.0

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

Stone Rain


Ah what a classic. While not very strong in limited unless you have them in multiples and your opponent is playing three or more colors, Stone Rain still is the staple of most Land Destruction decks of any type or format. I admit to being a bigger fan of Pillage, where I have to have one more mana colored, but get more flexibility, but thereís nothing to say you canít play both!


Constructed:                 3

Casual:                         1

Limited:                        1

Stone Rain --

I'm not sure if this card is really good or not. Aren't there better land destruction spells out there?...ok, I'm just messing around. This is pretty much The Standard for all land destruction spells made today. For example, when you look at a new land destruction spell out of any set, you say, "Is this card better or worse than Stone Rain?" It's really that good. I can't quite give it a 4.0, because those are reserved for the cards that define environments, but I'll give it a fairly high rating.

In limited, I may or may not play this card, just to slow up my opponent. It really depends on how good the rest of my pool looks.

Constructed Rating: 3.5
Casual Rating: 3.5
Limited Rating: 3.0

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