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Planar Chaos

Reviewed February 19, 2007

Constructed: 3.30
Casual: 2.88
Limited: 3.35

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Calciderm - Monday

I liked Blastoderm and I like Calciderm equally as much. It's also another good finishing creature for rushed decks. That's something they've lacked for a while now. It could turn out to be a card full of interesting uses in the long run. Maybe in a White/Black there, you could find some neat tricks.

Constructed: 3.5
Casual: 3
Limited: 4


Why was Blastoderm, this card's green brother, so successful? Because it found its way into a deck that featured a way to give it haste, thus enabling it to deal 20 points of damage instead of 15. It also was in the color of mana acceleration. White doesn't have those capacities, so can Calciderm live up to its legacy? Probably not. But white is the color of quick weenie rushes, and historically white has been severely lacking in large creatures, especially large creatures that are relatively cheap to cast. Calciderm could easily make a good finisher in a deck full of 2/2's for 2, where 15 damage will be more than enough and you won't mind waiting until turn five to swing with it, because by then it'll have a small army backing it up.

Constructed- 3.8
Limited- 3.4

KC MetroGnome

2/19 - Calciderm

This is a card I like very much. Blastoderm is very popular, and for good reason. An undercosted fattie that can't be the target of spells or abilities is nothing to sneeze at. Does white weenie (or boros) have room at the four slot for this? I'm not sure. He might not be quite good enough. In Peasant (no rares, 5 uncommons) he could fit in the white weenie decks at the four slot, but then it's not certain if he's good enough to warrant giving up the uncommon slots (over, say, Swords to Plowshares). So he's good, but I'm not sure if he's quite good enough to see heavy play (although I suspect he'll get some attention and testing).

Constructed - 3+
Casual - 4
Limited - 4


Monday - Calciderm

A white reprint of Blastoderm. Blastoderm was popular back in the day when he was legal because he smashed face and was harder than usual to kill, even though he went away in a few turns. Now he's back, and he's still good, but I'm not sure he'll get nearly as much play as he did because a) We don't have Fires of Yavimaya and b) He's white. He could feasibly go into the current BDW decks but I think his 4 casting cost will keep him out of those. So, he's good, but I don't see him finding a home in a deck.

In casual, the original is better, again, because it's green.

I'm not sure how good Blastoderm was in Masques block limited, but I don't think Calciderm will make the cut here because he goes away in a few turns, and you want creatures that stick around.

Constructed - 3
Casual - 2
Limited - 2
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