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Bituminous Blast
Alara Reborn

Reviewed April 15, 2009

Constructed: 2.65
Casual: 3.50
Limited: 4.00
Multiplayer: 2.67

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David Fanany

Player since 1995

Bituminous Blast

I remember playing with Ripple spells in Coldsnap draft and sealed. When you had enough of them, putting even one on the stack could basically win you the game. Bituminous Blast goes one step further - each Ripple chain was basically a one-trick pony, but this powerful spell can shoot down a large opposing creature and get you a free one for yourself. Expect this card to be a very high pick in Alara block drafts.

Constructed: 2/5
Casual: 2/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 2/5
The Missing Linc

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Bituminous Blast
What a name. I love the new Cascade Mechanic. If this comes out on other cards, it could see some tourney play. This one is a little expensive, but then again, you get two cards for one here. If you can set up your deck somehow, Top perhaps, this card is great. I must assume for now that Cascade will allow you to play the spell as an instant. If not, this could suck. In limited, creature removal is always a top pick and this one takes out a lot of problems. In the same colors as Thought Hemorrhage...see previews to come...this could be fun, fun, fun....
Constructed: 3
Casual: 4
Limited: 4
Multiplayer: 3


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Bituminous Blast - Wednesday

This is an entertaining idea for a card. Cascade has potential to be a really fun ability. It's not likely to be too powerful, but some games could be decided in some very interesting ways. I do find it interesting though, that this spell only does four damage to a creature and not a player.

The high casting cost does lead to some interesting possibilities though. You could get rid of a guy and then follow up with one of your own. And against slower control or counter heavy decks, Cascade could be huge. It effectively gives you two options for a singular casting cost. It could cause some interesting swings in momentum.

Constructed: 3
Casual: 3.5
Limited: 4
Multiplayer: 3.5
BMoor Bituminous Blast

For 3BR, 4 damage to a creature is pretty underwhelming. Heck, it was underwhelming when it was Torrent of Stone in Kamigawa block for B cheaper. But while that had Splice onto Arcane, this also has a mechanic that lets you get another spell off it-- Cascade. Your 3BR isn't just getting you 4 to a creature, it's getting you 4 to a creature and the next spell out of your deck (some restrictions apply). THis could turn out to be two removal spells for the price of one, or a kill spell and a creature to turn the tide of a combat phase (yes it's an instant), or even this and Blightning to swat a creature and a player, plus hand disruption. I can definitely see this card and Blightning sharing some decklists.

Constructed- 2.75
Casual- 4
Multiplayer- 4
Limited- 4.5

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