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Power Surge
4th Edition

Reviewed March 20, 2008

Constructed: 2.25
Casual: 3.00
Limited: DNA

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Power Surge

A fun way of throwing damage around wantonly. Again, this creates some fun multiplayer scenarios, where people are encouraged to tap out every turn. It could also be quite powerful if it and Manabarbs are out at the same time. It'd be nice if you have some way of protecting yourself from it, even if it's just a creature with fire breathing to ensure you're not leaving lands needlessly untapped.

Constructed- 3
Casual- 3.5


Thursday - Power Surge

Essentially the opposite of the classic Manabarbs. I could see this being naughty against a draw-go style deck, if you can get it to resolve, which if you play it on turn 2 shouldn't be that hard. I imagine a deck focused around getting this, Manabarbs, and a life gain engine onto the table all at once would be very fun to play, because you can sit there and negate the life loss yourself while your opponent will lose life each turn whether they tap lands or not. However, I wouldn't play this in a tournament, because it's way too slow for the formats it is legal in.

In limited, it's too symmetrical and you can't guarantee you'll be able to tap out every turn. I wouldn't bother.

Constructed - 2
Casual - 4
Limited - 1

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Power Surge

Power Surge was the first in a long line of red cards that encouraged both players to actually play spells and do things. It probably helps the most against black or white control decks that don't have a lot of instants they can play at the end of your turn to avoid the Surge, since it will force them to minimize its damage or get burned down by the direct damage in your hand. As current tournament play stands, it's an interesting effect without a deck; in multiplayer, it's a threat that must be removed. In limited play, I imagine this would have been a pretty hefty speed boost to your clock (if a slightly suicidal one).

Constructed: 2/5
Casual: 2/5
Limited: 2/5
v0rac10u5 Power Surge
A similar reprint of this card (Citadel of Pain) spawned a deck based around Chimeric Idol, Scoria Cat, and lots of burn. Has some potential, but lacks the power of other cards in its environment.

- Constructed: 2
- Casual: 2
- Limited: 1

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