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Planar Chaos

Reviewed January 26, 2007

Constructed: 2.94
Casual: 3.42
Limited: 3.26

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Jeff Zandi

 5 Time Pro Tour


Some cards look better than they turn out to be later. Torchling is just such a card. At first glance, all that an old school Magic player can see is MORPHLING. Not so fast, scarlet wizards! While Torchling is certainly better than the average 3/3 creature for five mana, Torchling fails badly in comparison to Morphling in the important area of evasion. Fans of Morphling (all of us) wish Torchling had flying or at least the ability to make creatures unable to block it (it has the opposite ability as a matter of fact). From a design standpoint, Torchling is solid enough with more than enough capabilities. Unfortunately, the lack of evasion makes Torchling only better than average for limited or constructed play. Morphling was considered rather overpowered when it appeared. Torchling is a bit of a “fixed” Morphling that makes us smile, but doesn’t rise to the legendary level of the original.

Jeff Zandi
Texas Guildmages
DCI Level II Judge
Zanman on Magic Online



With this many abilities, it has to be good. It untaps for R, nobody will ever dare target it, it has some sort of super-Provoke, and can change size. Only trouble is, it can't avoid blockers like its grandmother could, it can only make other things block it. This could be aboslutely brutal if people can play it right.

Constructed- 3.8
Casual- 4
Limited- 4

Jordan Kronick


Red Akroma might be the headliner, but Red Morphling is the card that everyone's talking about. It's not as effective as the blue original, but I don't think anyone expected it to be. Superman was hated by many for its ridiculous strength, and Torchling isn't that far behind it. Regardless of color, any creature with these abilities and this much survivability is going to get used. Whether it has any purpose in the current environment remains to be seen, but people will play it no matter what.

Constructed Rating - 2.9
Casual Rating - 3.1
Limited Rating - 4.1

KC MetroGnome


Torchling has some big shoes to fill. Does it pull it off? No. Is it still a pretty good card? Yes. If we're going to compare it to Morphling, one of the ultimate control-deck finishers of all time, Torchling will fall short every time. Evasion is replaced with a sort of Pseudo-Removal (bad trade) and untargettability is replaced with a redirection ability that only works if it's a spell and if you have somewhere else to direct it (bad trade). However, if we're comparing it to other 5cc red cards, it doesn't look so bad. It is hard to kill (at least, harder than your average bear) and forces your opponent to try to pull some shenanigans to off it. I don't really see it filling the 5 slot in any constructed decks right now due to the hefty mana requirements after it's in play, but I would never be sorry to play this in limited.

Constructed - 2
Casual - 3
Limited - 4



Morphling's weaker brother. Morphling is superior to this guy simply because they are control cards, and Morphling fits better in that role. Flying is much more useful than making them block this guy, and untargetability is a little better than redirection because you can't redirect it if Torchling is the only creature in play. He's just not as good a finisher as Morphling was. That's not to say he's bad, but I don't know if he'll find a home.

In casual, hey, now you can play a blue/red Morphling/Torchling deck. This'll be popular.

In limited, a very good card. He's pretty hard to kill and can selectively take out your opponent's army.

Constructed - 3
Casual - 4
Limited - 4
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