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Shard Valley

Reviewed March 31, 2008

Constructed: 3.20
Casual: 3.00
Limited: 3.00

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Shard Volley

Lightning Bolt is back? Sure, it costs a land as well as a mana, but it's still worth it to get 3 damage so cheaply. Would you play it turn one? No, but you shouldn't do that with Lightning Bolt either. As long as you save these for when you need them, or for late game when you have enough lands already, or when they can just win right there, the sacrifice is a joke of a downside. Deadguy Red will happily run four.

Constructed- 4
Casual- 4

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Shard Volley

In terms of mana cost, this is the most efficient direct damage since Lightning Bolt. If you have Countryside Crusher or Tarmogoyf in play, losing a land can be a benefit; even if not, it's still a fairly strong spell. A reasonable choice for certain constructed decks, and a decent budget substitute for Lightning Bolt. I'm not rating it higher for constructed because Rift Bolt is still in Standard and Seal of Fire is still in Extended.

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

#1 Magic Noob in Canada since 2002
Shard Volley

Lightning Bolt with the additional sacrifice of a land. Decks that use this card are able to mitigate the sacrifice by either not playing any high casting cards so little land is needed, or uses it as a combo like Countryside Crusher. With the sacrifice mitigated, this card is almost as good as Lightning Bolt. Not as good because it's less versatile, but the efficient damage to mana ratio is still decent enough to make it a great card in mono-Red Burn or some R/G Aggro deck. However, with that said, I personally dislike it because I like advantage and giving 2 for 1 to my opponent is just not my style. It's also pretty bad against Tarmagoyf since it gives it a +2/+2 boost. But then it's pretty good for your own Tarmagoyf so I guess that balances out.

In limited, this is pretty good removal.

Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 3/5

Monday's card is Shard Volley. Shard Volley is a Lightning Bolt with a sac land clause, but given the right deck, Shard Volley can be a great addition. Pair this with Countryside Crusher, Seismic Assault, various nonland sources of mana(most like Gruul Signet to make green mana for cards like Life from the Loam), and anything else that likes lands in the graveyard like Terravore. It also works well with Crucible of Worlds as well. 3 damage for one mana is always welcome and the dowside can always be built into an advantage.

Limited: 4/5
Constructed: 4/5
v0rac10u5 Shard Volley

            Shard Volley interacts well with a number of cards, including Tarmogoyf and Countryside Crusher. It sees play in Standard. In limited, it is a great removal spell.


- Constructed: 4

- Casual: 3

- Limited: 3

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