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Shards of Alara

Reviewed December 2, 2008

Constructed: 3.00
Casual: 3.45
Limited: 3.90

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David Fanany

Player since 1995


Wrath of God variants are almost as ubiquitous as dual land variants, but the only other one that was an artifact was Engineered Explosives, and that demanded at least two colors to be effective. Try to think of Scourglass not as a Wrath of God with a drawback, but as a Wrath of God that gets friendly with Fabricate and can be recurred by Sanctum Gargoyle or Sharuum the Hegemon. What's not to like?

Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 4/5
The Missing Linc

-Balding for just over 5 years
-Playing MTG for just over 10


This card will see play. Many have compared this with the Disc. It is worthy of that comparison. Set up an early board with some of the great artifact creatures out there and then clear it up with this on turn 5. I am really surprised this has not turned up in more decklists. It destroys all permanents. This means planeswalkers. Yahooooooo. In limited any board sweep is nice and in Shards this could easily mean your advantage if you manage to draft esper.

Constructed: 3.5
Casual: 3
Limited: 4

Tuesday 12-02-08



Constructed: It look like the perfect addition to any Affinity deck. But it's double white could keep it  on the side lines. It is great if your opponent is not playing any Artifacts. Great side card with blue and white and use the Etherium Sculptor to make it cheaper to play. You are also limited to when you can pop the little fire cracker.


Casual: Fun card when everyone else is playing non-artifact decks. Just watch out for the random Naturalize.


Limited: Sealed it could be tricking. If you have a great seal pool with a good number of solid artifacts than go for it. Just remember Naturalize is in this set. Drafting with blue is a good possibility. Get a few Sanctum Gargoyle to reuse it again.


Overall not as great as it was hyped to be, but still a good card to explore.


Constructed: 2

Casual: 3

Limited: 4




BeJose Scourglass
Great in limited and casual, hopeless elsewhere. In casual you can easily build an artifact deck to use it, while in Esper it has the possibilty to decimate your opponent with a one-sided akroma's vengeance (hopefully their not playing Esper either). In constructed its simply to slow, the earliest your going to able to use it (assuming it doesn't get destroyed in the meantime) is turn 6, way to slow.

Constructed: 2/5
Casual: 3.5/5
Limited: 3.5/5

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