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Pyrite Spellbomb
Reviewed March 30, 2005

Constructed: 3.00
Casual: 3.33
Limited: 3.67

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Jeff Zandi

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 Pyrite Spellbomb

One of the best colorless sources of damage that can be directed at a player or creature. Pyrite Spellbomb follows in the family tree of Aeliopile, a two casting cost artifact that sacrificed for one colorless to deal two damage to a creature or player. Aeliopile was better because it could be played without any colored mana, but Pyrite Spellbomb remains a memorable card. In Mirrodin block limited, PLENTY of decks had red as either a primary, secondary or splash color. Players in those limited formats played lots of cheap artifacts like this one simply to help their artifact affinity. In constructed, Pyrite Spellbomb made the scene in some good builds of Affinity decks here and there. Pyrite Spellbomb also BRIEFLY appeared in Goblin decks, a good fit but usually nudged out in favor of a more efficient card.


Paul Hagan

 Pyrite Spellbomb --

I think this card had its moment in the sun when Silver Knight was running around and causing Goblin decks all sorts of trouble. The ability to generate a colorless source of damage has always been something valued; just look at Cursed Scroll and the legacy it left behind. However, Pyrite Spellbomb is a one-time use card, and you are essentially spending two mana to produce two damage or to draw a single card. Since Silver Knight has left the spotlight, Pyrite Spellbomb has slowly been overshadowed by other, better burn spells. Much like yesterday, I'm not going to rate this card extremely high, but I won't give it a terrible rating, either.

In limited, I put this card under the "Any Removal Is Good Removal" category. It usually won't turn the tide of the game, but occasionally it makes a huge difference.

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


Pyrite Spellbomb

A nice card, and one that I always welcomed seeing in my sealed or draft decks. At worst, it can cycle (draw) for you in a pinch. At best, it can remove a creature or hit a player. If you are going even the least bit of Red, it is an absolute inclusion in any limited deck.

In casual, it can find a place in burn or Sligh decks.

Constructed - 3
Casual - 4
Limited - 4.5
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