This week’s card selections seem to sponsored by
Somebody’s Favorite Extended Deck. I would
prefer to think about these cards individually.
I was not knocked out by Devastating Dreams when
it first came out in Torment. All of the “Dream”
rare sorceries in Torment had the potential to
significantly change the board in short order.
Devastating Dreams does it the best. No
constructed deck ever really got this card to
function elegantly until the Life from the Loam
deck in Extended this past Extended season.
That’s when Devastating Dreams got sick. It’s
good in that deck because Life from the Loam
gives you more access to land, land in the
graveyard becomes land in your hand, land you
can discard when you play Devastating Dreams.
Lands you sacrifice when you play Dreams come
back to your hand later with Life from the Loam.
It’s a good combo, but without Life from the
Loam, Devastating Dreams falls back into
eveyone’s collection of powerful-looking but
ultimately unusable rares. As hard as this card
is to make work in constructed, it’s even harder
Since Red isn't very good at drawing extra
cards, this isn't likely to be able to wipe all
the lands in play. It might kill all the
creatures, but if it does it'll likely leave you
with no cards in hand while your opponent still
has a full mitt. The only type of deck I like
this card for is Dragon decks, which are likely
to have one big beater that can survive the
Dreams whiel your opponent's forces are hobbled
enough to succumb to the Dragon(s). In Limited,
well, any card that can reset the board is
pretty decent, but the discarding is an awful
A cheap twist on Armageddon with some creature
clearing thrown in. I'm not a huge fan of this
card because I think Balancing Act is far
superior to it. Sure, this is much cheaper, but
you're not guaranteed to hit all their creatures
unless you blow your entire hand, and then they
still have a hand to work with. Just run the
Tings deck in Extended instead.
In casual, just play Balancing Act or Armageddon
In limited, it's kind of like having a Wrath
that sets you back a lot. Not really worth it in
Constructed - 2
Casual - 2
Limited - 2
Devastating Dreams wasn't one of the dominant
cards in the past Extended season for nothing.
Why should you discard your entire hand for a
Wildfire/Armageddon effect? Think madness. Think
threshold. Think - actually, think tomorrow's
and Wednesday's reviews. Most of the time,
Devastating Dreams truly lives up to its name
and leaves your opponent all but powerless. I
admit I haven't really played Odyssey block
limited, but it seems like it should be good
there too. Mass removal is generally good, and
you can pick up plenty of threshold and madness
cards to try and work around the random discard.
2 mana for a
board reset? Sure you'll be discarding a few
cards, and it does
require 2 red mana, but the speed of this card
makes that worthwhile. Of
course, to make this actually playable, a deck
must be based around this card
and that deck is obviously Terravore based. A
Terravore following this is
pretty much game... How are you going to stop a
6+/6+ guy with no lands?
Constructed: 3/5, it's not really necessary even
if you're using Terravore
Casual: 3/5, I just like a lot of fire and
devestating people's dreams
Limited: 4.5/5, mass removal right?
This card is amazing in constructed. Resizable
pyroclasm, with the same converted mana cost,
that also has an armageddon side effect. This is
a very powerful card. Aggro loam makes very good
use of this card. I can't speak for limited,
however, since I wasn't into doing limited
tournaments when torment was around, but, I
imagine that if you could get the proper board
position, it was amazing.
Casual players, however, wouldn't like a board
wipe effect, but, disregarding taste, this can
clear a mutliplayer board, and if you float the
mana for a threat, it can be fairly powerful.
Constructed: 5/5 (Pure gold in extended)
Casual: 4/5 (With more players, you're more
likely to have someone recover in time.)
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