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Brute Force
Planar Chaos

Reviewed February 13, 2007

Constructed: 2.75
Casual: 3
Limited: 4.06

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Brute Force

This card is interesting. It's a Giant Growth, but in Red. That's probably where it need to be anyway. Interestingly though, it could show up in some Red/White or Blue/Red aggro decks. Other than that, it might be left on the sidelines. Giant Growth only gets played sparingly in green. We'll jus thave to wait and see if changing its color makes it more appealing.

Constructed: 2
Casual: 2
Limited: 5


Brute Force

Instant-speed power boosts in red are nothing new. But this one boosts TOUGHNESS as well. Believe it or not, despite its flavor, it will probably find its greatest use as a defensive trick. But it can be offensive or defensive, and that's what made Giant Growth so strong all these years. For all the Shock variants over the years, for Rift Bolt, Fiery Madness, Chain Lightning, and Incinerate, I believe that this card is in fact the closest we'll ever get to Lightning Bolt.

Constructed- 4
Casual- 4
Limited- 4.5

Jordan Kronick

Brute Force

What can I say about this card that I have said a thousand times about Giant Growth? It is Giant Growth. Especially in this format where most red limited decks happen to be red/green. The only difference is that when you only have 1 mountain untapped your opponent may not be expecting a giant growth. Use that to your advantage. But when it comes down to it, this is a great card just like the original.

Constructed Rating - 3.0
Casual Rating - 3.0
Limited Rating - 3.3

KC MetroGnome

Brute Force

Giant Growth is so popular in green because green doesn't have any reach. The only way green tends to hit is with its creatures (unless it's teaming up with another color, of course). Giant Growth let you capitalize on that unblocked or trampling creature to deal an unexpected 3 (or to capitalize on a blocked creature to save it and bump off the enemy). Red can do that already. Is it good? Yes, it's a very good combat trick. Is it good enough, in red, to replace the burn spells that can do the job? No.

Constructed - 2
Casual - 3
Limited - 4


Brute Force

A red Giant Growth. In constructed, Giant Growth doesn't get played, so why should this? 95% of the time I'd rather have a burn spell in red, as it doesn't require a creature to work in case you get shorted on dudes to play. Lightning Helix, Volcanic Hammer, even Shock are all superior to this.

In casual, if you want 4 more Giant Growths, here you go.

In limited, you play this. Combat tricks are never a bad thing to have.

Constructed - 2
Casual - 3
Limited - 3.5
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