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Gempalm Incinerator

Reviewed April 1, 2005

Constructed: 3.15
Casual: 3.67
Limited: 3.13

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Jeff Zandi

5 Time Pro Tour

 Gempalm Incinerator

This card was an early star in Goblin decks, starting out as a must-have-four-of in many Goblin decks. Eventually, this card moved more into the sideboards of Goblin decks as well as the sideboards of decks looking for a way to beat Goblin decks. The cycling ability was often as important as the ability to deal damage to a creature. In limited play, this uncommon was popular in decks that had as few as four or five Goblins, since you could always cycle it if it became otherwise unuseful.


Paul Hagan

rotarenicnI mlapmeG --

I thought about doing my entire review backwards, but after typing the title, I determined it to be neither funny nor easy, so I quit. Anyways, rotarenicnI mlapmeG can usually be found in most nilboG decks, and that is for a good reason -- it serves as both a decent creature if you need another body or great removal to allow the horde to get through. I won't rate it terribly high, since it only belongs in one deck (much like Goblin Matron yesterday), but I'll give it a high enough rating to make it look good on the average above.

In limited, rotarenicnI mlapmeG is a decent removal card if you managed to get enough goblins, which was entirely possible in the limited environment that rotarenicnI mlapmeG was in.

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


A nice add to Goblin decks for casual. While it doesn't see tournament play, it can find a place in casual where Goblins might have a hard time dealing with something large that might find its way on the board. The one thing that keeps Incinerator from the great bracket is that it can't hit a player. If it could, it would be utterly amazing and you would see it in every Goblin deck. In limited, Onslaught block can produce enough Goblins to make it worth including if you happen to get a gaggle of them.

Constructed - 2
Casual - 3.5
Limited - 3.5

Secret Squirrel

Gempalm Incinerator

No April Fools Day today folks. Erm, wait. Is that SS writing? You’ve got to be joking. ;s

No I’m not.

Let that sink in for a moment.

Oh well, I kinda missed writing, so I expect to be in and out for the next few weeks, but I’m still not that sure.

Anyways, the card. Wow, a good card from Legions. It’s not even a rare! It didn’t take too long to realize how insanely good this card was in Type 2 goblins: Card drawing, and creature destruction, instant speed, and for two mana. Amazing. Of course it’s a one time deal, but at the time you would be cycling this, turn 5-7, you’d already have a steady supply of goblins, most likely a piledriver, sharpshooter, or just an army of sledders. Contrary to popular belief, there were always a good amount of goblins on the table when you cast this … usually around 4-5 creatures would make this thing really worth it. But sometimes, 1 point of damage is all it took to finish off that Broodstar. Most Goblin decks included 2-3 of these, even Extended ones.

In O/L limited, it wasn’t that bad either. The fact that you get a card for 2 mana is a great deal.

Constructed: 4
Casual: 4
Limited: 3.5
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