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Reviewed February 3, 2009

Constructed: 2.67
Casual: 3.67
Limited: 3.83

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The fact that it's a land search is very nice. The damage makes it even nicer. You have to figure that when you play it, you control a Forest and a Mountain, and then you get a 3rd basic land type, making this hit for 3 at least when you play it. Deck thinning, mana fixing, and a Lava Spike? Five-color decks will be very happy about this for a while. And of course the icing on the cake, the fact that it can hit planeswalkers with the damage.

Constructed- 3.5
Casual- 4
Limited- 3.5


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A nifty combination of Tribal Flames and Rampant Growth. The Extended domain decks from a year or two ago would have LOVED to have this, but that deck has currently passed Extended by. In Standard, I could see this getting played in a similar type of deck with all the multicolor goodness going on right now. As long as Faeries reign supreme, though, that deck might be a big 'if' (even though the set has several good hate cards for the deck).

In limited, this is great. It fixes your mana in a block that is all about multicolor, and it whaps your opponent for some damage while you're at it. A mid to high pick if you're in the colors.

Constructed - 2.5
Casual - 3
Limited - 3.5

David Fanany

Player since 1995

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If you want to play domain in limited, this is an essential card to try and pick up one or two of. Even if you only have a normal Alara limited deck of three colors, it's still decent - three life is a substantial part of your opponent's life, and many of the best cards in Naya and Jund have very specific mana requirements. It's a little slow for competitive constructed, but a one-card Rampant Growth and Tribal Flames is nothing to laugh at.

Constructed: 1/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 4/5

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This card is more burn then acceleration since a 4 mana accelerator that gives only 1 land is quite bad. You're looking at about 3-4 damage with this. This would win me over if it could burn creatures as well or could search for a shock land, but to me this is just a slow and overcosted burn spell.

Constructed: 2.5/5
Casual: 2.5/5

Tuesday 2-3-09


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Constructed: This card can really help out green and red decks to get more lands into play and burn them to a crisp. It will be the return of Gea might get there might come back.


Casual: This is great for 5-color domain decks that set there for awhile to build up their mana base.


Limited: This will make green red decks for really strong in both sealed and draft. Drafting Conflux alone will be interesting. This will be one of the strongest commons in this set. Get as many copies as you can.


Overall a very solid common card.


Constructed: 4

Casual: 4

Limited: 5





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One of the best new cards land searching cards.  This will often be a rampant growth + lightning bolt at the least.  In domain you can even ramp up a land and hit the opponent for 5!  Probably the best in limited of all formats.  This card may see play in constructed simply because it does 2 useful things, but only in 4-5 color decks.  Red/Green aggro decks are great in casual setting and this card can help fix the mana bases not full of reflecting pools/duals.

Constructed: 2/5

Casual: 4/5
Limited: 4/5

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Not very impressive.

This card is simple. In competitive play its worthless in constructed. In casual play I'd love nothing more than to see someone get five different basic types out there and deal five damage with this thing while also accelerating. Such a great card in that respect.

As far as competitive play goes...no. This doesn't cut it.

Constructed: 1/5
Sealed: 2/5
Casual: 5/5 these kinds of cards are fun.

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