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Planar Chaos

Reviewed February 25, 2007

Constructed: 3.00
Casual: 2.67
Limited: 2.67

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2/26 - Boom or Bust

This is a pretty good split card, but it also fits in a very narrow deck. Early on, the red deck probably doesn't mind losing its land as long as it gets to slow the opponent down. The fact that you're picking the land also means that, if you happen to be running something like Boros, you can hit your own Flagstones of Trokair for some advantage. The six-mana Armageddon is not as good as the four-mana one, obviously. I could see some sort of aggro LD deck wanting to use this. But then, we already have an aggro LD deck that likes to use Wildfire.

Constructed - 2 (unless the right deck shows up)
Casual - 4 (fun the first time, then people start to hate you for running the LD deck)
Limited - 2


Monday - Boom/Bust

One of a few red split cards in Planar Chaos. The Boom side is the far superior side on this card, as it's basically a Stone Rain for 1 less mana if you have a Flagstones of Trokair out. For LD decks, getting their LD in a turn early without setting them back is always welcome. The Bust side is just a more expensive Armageddon, and is too expensive to see any real play, as the deck that could use it the most will probably never hit six mana.

In casual, just play Armageddon instead.

In limited, nah. Boom won't help any here, and it's too difficult to take advantage of the Armageddon effect here.

Constructed - 3
Casual - 2
Limited - 1.5


Boom is quite poosibly a very scary land destruction spell in formats like Vintage, Legacy, or even Extended.  Here's the trick-- you target an Onslauht fetch land or other land with a sacrifice ability, and then you sacrifice the land in response to the Boom.  Since fetchlands sacrifice to get you another land, Boom will do all it can, meaning destroy your opponent's land.  It's basically Stone Rain for one less mana.  Bust is no slouch either-- a six mana Armageddon.  Armageddon hasn't been printed for years, because Wizards realized that destroying all lands and nothing else was an "unfair" effect.  That should say a lot.
Constructed- 4
Casual- 2
Limited- 3.5
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