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Shards of Alara

Reviewed October 29, 2008

Constructed: 3.13
Casual: 2.90
Limited: 3.50

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David Fanany

Player since 1995


The default way of designing a "traditional" multicolored card is to mash two cards from the appropriate colors together, then cost appropriately. In this case, the two cards were Volcanic Hammer and Mind Rot, but the cost is rather cheaper than it "should" be. Blightning is especially good against control and combo decks, but no-one really wants to see it being pointed at them - like Gerrard's Verdict from so long ago, it sets up a lose-lose situation for almost anyone.

Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 4/5
The Missing Linc

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


A lot of talk about this card when it was first spoiled. If a rack deck ever needed a boost, this may be the card that puts it to the top. Not only do you do the three to the dome, but you get card advantage. I have not yet seen this card played but have a feeling it will be. It is a powerful effect for only three and only two colors. It surprised me this was not a three color casting cost. To bad it could not hit creatures but then it might be broken.

Constructed: 3
Casual: 3
Limited: 3

Wednesday 10-29-08



Constructed: At first this card looks great. But at Sorcery speed and it only affects players. Not as great as it could have been. Have not seen many Black/Red decks since Rakdos.


Casual: Burn and Discard at the same time, interesting...


Limited: I value creature removal first, but when your opponent is low on life, this little extra could win the game. And never underestimate discard.


Overall a good burn/discard common. With Megrim out that's 7 damage in one blow. Ouch!


Constructed: 2

Casual: 3

Limited: 3




BeJose Blightning 1 ManaBlack ManaRed Mana
Blightning deals 3 damage to target player. That player discards two cards.
I cannot believe this thing was printed at common, it is absolutely insane in limited. Not only do you get an fairly efficient 3 mana for 3 damge burn spell (if only to the head) but you also get some very good dscard. Alara is a generally slower format with early turns spent playing obelisks and panaromas. This will strip your opponents hand of their bigge threats. In constructed I can easily see this getting play in DemigodRed or similar decks. In casual its nothing special really
Constructed 3.5/5
Casual 2.5/5
Limited 3.5/5

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