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Tectonic Fiend
Planar Chaos

Reviewed April 4, 2007

Constructed: 1.50
Casual: 2.33
Limited: 2.67

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Jeff Zandi

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Tectonic Fiend

In limited, if you ARE going to play a big expensive ground pounder WITH the baggage of echo, make it Tectonic Fiend. This is the brutal unsubtle red tool of destruction that pro players are willing to happily include in their decks, not yesterday’s Flamecore Elemental. The Fiend is best in sealed deck, very nice in Two Headed Giant and acceptable in a lot, if not all, booster draft decks playing more than a splash of red. Beyond that, there really is no place for a card like this in constructed, where it is just too bloated, too expensive, and too UNLIKELY to deal any damage to your opponent.



Tectonic Fiend

Just like yesterday's card-- it's a big creature that comes out fast but you have to pay for it twice. It's a 7/7 on turn 6, but six mana is a lot to pay twice. You're pretty much giving up turns six and seven for a 7/7 that attacks each turn if able and does nothing else. It forces chump blocks and can do massive damage, sure, but sometimes the game is over by turn six. And sometimes you need to follow it up with something, which you have to wait a turn for. You can't even really accelerate it out-- Seething Song will just guarantee it dies to Echo, and Elves and Birds can be easily killed, leaving you in a pinch. But once it's out, it's a beatstick.

Constructed- 2
Casual- 3
Limited- 2.8


Wednesday - Tectonic Fiend

Another red echo creature that I don't see a place for in constructed. Honestly, with all the available decks out there right now, if there was a place for him, it would already have been found, as people have had a while to play around with him. He's a really cheap fatty, but red plays best as an aggressive rush deck, and this guy doesn't fit the bill there.

In casual, he's big and he's red. He'll see some play for sure.

In limited, another decent pick. He's really big, and comes down much earlier than he should. The drawback of attacking each turn really isn't much of one, as they're forced to block it and lose a lot of their ground forces or eat 7.

Constructed - 1.5
Casual - 3
Limited - 3

-David N

Tectonic Fiend
Big red echo creature. With the use of thick-skinned goblin makes this card playable.

Constructed: 1
Casual: 1
Limited: 2
David Fanany Tectonic Fiend

Like Flamecore Elemental, Tectonic Fiend is technically efficient in terms of cost, but it's a little expensive for what it does (ie. not that much). For six mana, you can get much better creatures in constructed play. The fact that it doesn't really do anything is also a downer for casual games - your Thick-Skinned Goblin deck should probably stick with Avalanche Riders. He's not unplayable in limited, though, since games often go long and if you have time to cast it, you should have time to pay its echo. As a 7/7 creature it can also often demolish an entire team of blockers by itself.

Constructed: 1/5
Casual: 2/5
Limited: 2/5
LennonMarx Constructed
Can I just copy and paste yesterday's review here? It's a 7/7 with no relevent ability, and a drawback no less, for a total of 12 mana. For 6 mana you can unmorph the new Akroma, and she is WAY better than this. Plus, for the current crop of red decks, both are to expensive anyways.

Again, a caual echo deck might have this guy on the top end of the curve where with thick skinned goblin he is a 7/7 for 6 that would be attacking every turn anyways. Someone has to be open, right? Still, it's pry to expensive to matter, and sans his goblin buddy, this guy is just bad.

It's a big body that can end the game fast, or at least earn a 2 for 1, assuming you don't mind wasteing 2 turns on him. Maybe as a 23rd card, but I'd rather play something else less expensive than this.
PsychoAnime Echo week continues with a 7/7 guy. Now If I had this out, I'm pretty sure I'll
be attacking with this every turn so the "drawback" isn't that much of a
drawback. Once it's out and unanswered, it's essentially taking down a
creature out every turn from comboat but...

It's still way too costly in Constructed as I can do a lot of stuff with 6

In Casual, other than Thick-Skinned Goblin, I can see a deck based on a ton of
acceleration to get this out on like turn 2 or something then smacking your
opponent silly. It's fun but probably won't work very well.

In Limited, although it costs a lot, a 7/7 is pretty hard to beat.

Constructed: 1/5
Casual: 2.5/5
Limited: 3/5
The Missing Linc Tectonic Fiend

Large and in charge. Well at least large and guaranteed to charge. For the 6 mana, this guy is a definitive ground pounder. I like him in limited. I like him a lot. I can see no better 6th and 7th ground play. Hard to burn away...or should I say near impossible. As far as constructed, you can do better...much better for 6 mana.

Constructed: 2
Casual: 3
Limited: 3
Tectonic Fiend:

Much like yesterday's card, this card is overcosted for constructed. 7/7 for 6 mana, followed by 6 mana...

Casual: Once again in echo week, a card that isn't that good by itself, but goes ok with thick-skinned goblin. Still not too horribly impressed, however.

Limited: It's a big body. It attacks every turn, however, which can be a drawback, but, hey, it's a 7/7.

Constructed: 1/5
Casual: 2/5
Limited: 3/5

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