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Boiling Seas
Ninth Edition

Reviewed November 18, 2005

Constructed: 2.62
Casual: 2
Limited: 2.06

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* Game Store Owner

Boiling Seas

This card is more than acceptable. I liked it better when it was boil though. Besides, more players owned those. But you know how it seems sometimes. You've just got to go out of your way. Be aware though that this card will work on any of these new "shock" lands that have blue in them.

Constructed: 3
Casual: 1.5
Limited: 1.5

Paul Hagan

Boiling Seas

I swear, when I saw this card, I thought it was a misprint and they just meant Boil. Then I saw the major difference: not an instant, but a sorcery. Boil's strictly inferior cousin makes me incredibly sad, but not because its a bad card. Destroying all Islands is still good, and if you are a red mage (see yesterday), you should absolutely be playing Boiling Seas in the sideboard. I'm just sad because apparently, the color-hate that is allowed in Standard nowadays is going to be toned down quite a bit. It would have been more fun if Flashfires had just been made into an Instant.

As for limited, Boiling Seas is a definite sideboard option, especially if you hit that deck that is running very heavy amounts of blue. Even if it only destroys three or four lands, Boiling Seas can swing the tide of the game if it prevents your opponent from dropping his or her bombs while you do drop yours.

Constructed Rating: 2.0
Casual Rating: 1.5 (y'all get to play Boil)
Limited Rating: 2.0


Boiling Seas

Blue got you down? Playing Red? This is one of the better Blue Hate cards out there, as sideboards go. But you have to hope it doesn't get countered. If you can get it off, Seas can really hurt a Blue deck because Blue tends to need their mana available in large quantities at all times. This can really mess with casual decks too. Not really for limited use.

Constructed - 3
Casual - 3
Limited - 1.5

Jordan Kronick

Boiling Seas

Boil was a great card. There's no question about that. So what about it's slower cousin? For years, the reason that Boil was so good is that it allowed you to take advantage of a blue player tapping out for end of turn card drawing effects like Fact or Fiction. Obviously, Boiling Seas isn't going to do that. However, the decreased amount of instant-speed card draw in the current Standard environment makes it kind of a moot point anyway. There's a very strong Mono-Blue deck running in Standard right now, but it's very counter-heavy, and I don't see Boiling Seas getting off more than a lucky shot once in a while. There's definitely a place for this card in sideboards, but it's not like Boil was, despite the slower format. In draft, it can be devastating. Predominantly blue decks show up in 9th edition drafts all the time. And a well-timed Boil in the early part of the game can leave the slower blue deck so far behind that the game is lost. Definitely a reasonable pick, just in case you get the chance to do that.

Constructed Rating - 2.5
Casual Rating - 2.0
Limited Rating - 3.25

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