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Balefire Liege

Reviewed August 21, 2008

Constructed: 2.75
Casual: 3.75
Limited: 4.00

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Balefire Liege

The best thing you can do once this hits the table is come out with a flood of red/white creatures.  You get a 6-point life swing off of each one, and then each one is +2/+2.  Throw in some Fire At Will and a Scourge of the Nobilis or two and life is good.  It even has 4 toughness, making it Nameless Inversion-proof, Incinerate-proof, Fire at Will-proof, etc.

Constructed- 4
Casual- 4.5
Limited- 4


Thursday - Balefire Liege

This seems like it would go well in the old BDW decks, but there's a problem: it costs five mana. That's a lot for a weenie rush type deck. The same type of principle applies to the popular red decks currently in Standard. Regardless, if you can play him in a W/R deck, you'll probably win the game, as he's not easily removed with burn and he pumps your guys. If you happen to have more creatures in your hand, that'll fuel his ability, too. However, your hand will probably be nearly empty when this hits.

In limited, however, like the rest of the lieges, this is pretty strong. A high pick if you're W/R.

Constructed - 2.5 (3 in block, 2 everywhere else)
Casual - 4
Limited - 4

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Balefire Liege
I thought themes were supposed to change from year to year, and we just had a "play as many colors as you can" block in Ravnica. At any rate, the Liege would be great for a competitive or casual burn deck, if only he cost a little bit less. In spite of his relatively low power, he is also a potential bomb in limited, making Torrent of Souls hit the opponent for three and turning Safehold Elite into a smaller, more physically attractive Loxodon Hierarch.
Constructed: 1/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 4/5

Thursday 8-21

Balefire Liege


Constructed: A red white deck has not been good, well I guess the color combinations were all good back in Ravnica. This Spirit Horror is a little to expensive for Standard but it could be useful in Block. Use it with the Incendiary Command to clear the board and deal 7 damage total to your opponent. Hopefully.


Casual: I think all if the Lieges should be casual players dream cards. But they are not big enough to impressive most of them. I think I will work on a 5 color Liege deck. Should be interesting.


Limited: It's 2/4 makes it a very good creature. You have to use direct removal or combat tricks to kill him. I usually draft red so it would be a top pick. So far most Rares we reviewed are my top picks. Good creatures and good creature removal is always how I decide what to pick. This is a good creature.


Overall a good solid creature for it's cost. The built in Lightning Helix is pretty cool also.


Constructed: 3

Casual: 3

Limited: 4




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