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Ice Age

Reviewed September 02, 2005

Constructed: 2.37
Casual: 2.65
Limited: 3.125

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Jeff Zandi

5 Time Pro Tour


This is the first gold card to make a real difference in constructed tournaments in Magic's modern era, an era that I consider to have started in 1995 with the coming of Type II (now called Standard) constructed play. Back then, lots of people added a little red to their mostly-green Ernham Djinn decks in order to fit Stormbind. More importantly, the green/white Ernham-Geddon deck archetype even splashed a little red for a few copies of Stormbind and some Lightning Bolts back in the day. I never think of this card as a limited card, because we didn't play much limited back then, but it WOULD have been quite good in Ice Age block limited.


Paul Hagan


I sure am glad I looked at this card's current wording before writing my review of it. New wording has made this card require you to have the card in hand to discard.

That said, I can't say that I dislike Stormbind. It is hardly the greatest damage spell ever created, but having a recurring source of damage on the board is never a bad thing, right? My only concern is that you can only effectively use Stormbind when you either (A) can win right now, (B) have nothing good in hand, or (C) are willing to dedicate to Stormbind as your win condition this game.

Much like other gold cards, the biggest restriction to Stormbind is that you have to be in both red and green to play this card.

Constructed Rating: 2.0
Casual Rating: 2.5
Limited Rating: 2.5
Tim Stoltzfus Stormbind

Stormbind is a classic card that hasn’t stood the test of time very well. When it first saw play, it was part of a very good Green/Red “Good Stuff” deck that featured lots of direct damage and removal and big creatures. The ability of Stormbind to consistently do a large amount of damage in the mid to late game made it a powerhouse. Today, the only formats where Stormbind is legal are way too fast for this card. Stormbind was an excellent card back when everyone was playing “fair” Magic. In a world of quick-kill combo decks and free countermagic, though, Stormbind unfortunately has seen its best days pass it by.

Constructed – 1.5
Casual – 2
Limited – 3



um...is this coming back or something? Stormbind uses opposing colors to...um...do something neither color is known for. Random. Dumping cards from your hand for only 2 damage can get cumbersome and really hurt you in the long run. And Green and Black are not known for drawing, so the thought of replenishing your hand isn't going to happen. Meh.

Constructed - 2
Casual - 2
Limited - 3
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