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Ninth Edition

Reviewed March 27, 2006

Constructed: 3.8
Casual: 3
Limited: 3.96

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Jeff Zandi

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Coldsnap arrives this Summer, the long-lost expansion set for Ice Age. Some people are excited to see an expansion to Ice Age, one of the oldest sets in Magic, and others (like myself) are skeptical at best. However, if even a fraction of the cards in Coldsnap have as long a shelf life as Ice Age has, it will be a great success. Pyroclasm is just such a card. Since it was first printed in the Summer of 1995, Pyroclasm has been the best choice for sweeping the board of small creatures. All that for just 1R. Pyroclasm is a legitimate first pick in any limited format in which it is a part. In constructed formats, from Standard all the way to Type 1.5, Pyroclasm continues to be an important sideboard card for decks playing red.



* Game Store Owner


This is an old staple that I was glad to see get reprinted. It serves as a solid method of creature removal. It always hold a decent trade value, because it seems SOMEONE always needs this card. Strange considering its just an uncommon.

Constructed: 3.5
Casual: 2.5
Limited: 2.5

Jordan Kronick

Pyroclasm - From the very first time I saw Pyroclasm, I loved it. Even back then (in Ice Age), it was a very cool card. We had Earthquake, of course, but sometimes Pyroclasm was just what was needed. It's been a bane of weenie decks (black, white or red) for a long time. It's cost-effective in the extreme, capable of wiping out many creatures for only two mana. It's indiscriminate of flyers and untargetable creatures. It only has one colored mana in the cost, so it splashes well. And the Ice Age art and flavor text are great. Pyroclasm has been a sideboard staple more than 10 years, and I expect it will continue to show up in constructed tournaments as long as it's legal. As for limited, any format where removal is good (in other words - all formats) loves Pyroclasm. An instant classic.

Constructed - 3.9
Casual - 3.5
Limited - 3.9



An excellent card seeing a lot of constructed play. Great for a quick board sweep for not a lot of mana, especially against rush decks. Pyro also sees the light of day in limited decks to control the board a bit.

Constructed - 3.5
Casual - 2.5
Limited - 3.5



It’s hard to say enough good things about this card. From a control aspect, the ability to wipe a weenie deck clean for only 2 mana can be absolutely devastating. At any point the control red player can cast what often amounts to be a Wrath of God, or sometimes more devastating, a Plague Wind at his whim. Now in constructed this card will seldom see main board play unless the Metagame really calls for it, and even then, it will generally need some more other burn support to make it truly viable. This card, though, can make entire genres of decks almost disappear from the format simply because of it’s prevalence and the sheer power it holds against some decks.

In limited, it’s generally a pick 2-4 and will make the main in 95% of all decks. Even if you’re playing small creatures, it’s like a Wrath of God you can play around. I’ve wrecked and been wrecked in draft by this card more times than I care to count.

Constructed: 4
Limited: 4.5

Secret Squirrel

Pyroclasm is a really solid card. It doesn't target, and it'll kill almost anything in the early game and may help you again in the late game. With all of white's pump spells (Glorious Anthem, Jitte) it may lose some value in the late game, but even at 2 for 1, it's still a great deal.

Constructed: 4
Casual: 3
Limited: 4



The card that makes weenie rush and Saproling decks quake in fear. The card that makes pro players afraid to use Blood Moon against the Urzatron. The Red Wrath of God. This card has tremendous impact on any format it's legal in. Casual, not so much, but still a force to be reckoned with.
Constructed- 3.9
Limited- 4.9
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