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Mana Seism 
Champions of Kamigawa Uncommon

Reviewed October 25, 2004

Constructed: 2.00
Casual: 1.63
Limited: 1.75

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* game store owner in CA, ShuffleAndCut

How interesting!  I immediately pegged this card as crap.  But guess what? I have customers clamoring over this thing. So maybe I missed the boat on it. Apparently some of my customers have big plans for big mana. ;)  It will have to find a deck to call home, but if it does...

In casual, big mana can be quite important.  So here's one ticket that can take you places using Red.

In limited, you'll have to have a good reason to take up deck space for this.  Maybe a critical Myojin or a Dragon.

Constructed: 3
Casual: 3
Limited: 3.5

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Judge Bill

*Level 2
MTG Judge

*game store employee

Monday - Mana Seism
Um, OK, who picked this pile of crap? It doesn't even give you red mana - it gives you colorless. And you have to lose lands to get the additional mana. I just don't get it, I'm sorry.
I apologize for the card selection for whoever picked this for today, as it is total crap, and worthless in all formats.
Constructed: 1
Casual: 1
Limited: 1

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

Mana Seism


In limited this card is almost entirely useless. Perhaps if Fireball was in the draft format, but alas, it is not. In constructed, its a severely weakened Squandered Resources, adding only colorless mana. While it may be useful in some form of combo deck that requires a mana boost like this, in most of those decks were talking about a format where you can (and want to) use Squandered Resources instead.


Constructed:                 1

Casual:                         1

Limited:                        1


* game store owner (The Game Closet)

Mana Seism - Monday
This card has combo written all over it. If it were an instant, it'd be even crazier. I will say though that this card will most likely only get played by super competitive tournament decks that find a way to utilize it. Casual players will just turn their nose at this card. And honestly, I think it would be a very late pickup in any draft.

Constructed: 2.5
Casual: 1.5
Limited: 1.5


Mana Seism --

I'm amused with this card, but I'm not entirely sure that it's "good". Early in the game, it's obviously a poor card to draw up. Later, you are only going to need a single copy. I can see it possibly finding a home in some form of combo deck, but right now, isn't Krark-Clan Ironworks better? I'm going to give Mana Seism a mediocre rating, but I wouldn't be horribly surprised if I turn out being wrong.

In limited, I'm pretty sure that I won't ever mess with this card. It will be one of the first cards to find its way into my sideboard, never to come out again.

Constructed Rating: 2.0
Casual Rating: 2.0
Limited Rating: 1.0
Jeff Zandi Mana Seism
Two words: combo deck. That's about the only way to come up with a decent use for this card. You can't play a card like this in limited, it would simply not be worth having this card in your limited deck to...I don't know, maybe play a giant creature that you don't really have enough mana to cast.
In a combo deck, you could possibly use this card to cast Obliterate a turn or two sooner than you would otherwise be able to play it. This kind of play could be worth the risk of sacrificing all your lands, since Obliterate can't be countered and since Obliterate destroys all your land anyway.

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