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Red Elemental Blast
4th Ed.

Reviewed March 21, 2008

Constructed: 3.60
Casual: 2.80
Limited: DNA

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Red Elemental Blast

This gives Red access to not only counterspells, but enchantment removal. That's a powerful tool for any red deck, except for the fact that the target must be blue. Granted, it's amazing in the sideboard, but main deck? If you know your playgroup well enough to be willing to bet deck slots that someone's playing blue, then go for it. Otherwise, save it for the sideboard.

Constructed- 3
Casual- 4
Limited- ?


Friday - Red Elemental Blast

Similar to how Karma is one of the best black hosers of all time, this is one of the best blue hosers of all time. It gives red exactly what blue doesn't want to see: red countering a counterspell to get a threat onto the table for a mere 1 mana. And if they get their own blue threat onto the board, this will take care of it no problem. If you're playing red, unless you know no one around is playing blue, you'd better have a good reason for not siding this. If blue is a huge problem, you can even play up to eight since this was "reprinted" in Ice Age as Pyroblast (since Ice Age was designed to be a stand-alone set).

In limited, great coming out of the sideboard against blue decks, but I wouldn't pick this too high because it's narrow.

Constructed - 4
Casual - 2
Limited - 2.5

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Red Elemental Blast

A red counterspell? Yes, Virginia, there used to be such a thing, and this card was one of the most-played sideboard cards in the early days of Standard. Actually, it's still seen now in Vintage and Legacy because it gives decks like Goblins and Stax answers to blue control and combo decks. It's fast, efficient, and versatile - exactly what you need in a format full of the most unfun cards in Magic.

Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 3/5
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Red Elemental Blast

 The Blue Mages bane of existence. A red player hates the blue mage. Red wants quick pain. Blue wants long term holding power to get control. This is one of the only way's red can get the job done in some of the older formats. While it is a card often relegated to a sideboard, it is often there. How else can red counter?

 Constructed: 4 (as a sideboard card)
 Casual: 3
 Limited: 2
v0rac10u5 Red Elemental Blast
Still has potential in Legacy/Vintage, especially out of the sideboard. Can also be paired with Shifting Sky or any of the Laces to destroy permanents on the cheap.

- Constructed: 3
- Casual: 2
- Limited: 1

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