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Volatile Rig
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Volatile Rig
- Return to Ravnica

Reviewed December 7, 2012

Constructed: 1.67
Casual: 2.67
Limited: 2.87
Multiplayer: 2.33

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David Fanany

Player since 1995

Volatile Rig
As our regular readers undoubtedly recall, I'm a big fan of powerful cards with drawbacks, so you'd think Volatile Rig would fit the bill. On paper, it certainly does, and its death trigger can make for some unintentionally (or intentionally) hilarious situations. However, I feel like this isn't really a Lord of the Pit-style suicide card, but more of another possible piece in a coin-flipping combo deck - repeatable coin flipping effects are great in that particular strategy, and there haven't been a huge number (Wirefly Hive springs to mind). Unlike some of the others, though, this one can attack for damage as an alternate win condition - not reliably, of course, but you wouldn't be picking this card in the first place unless you didn't mind a little unreliability.
Constructed: 1/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 2/5
Multiplayer: 2/5


Welcome back readers todays card of the day is Volatile Rig an interesting and limited and casual only card. In standard, modern, legacy and vintage this creature does not do enough to justify its inclusion in your deck as it depends on a coin flip and may not do the ability you are hoping for making it sometimes a useless card that doesn’t fit into any decks. In casual and multiplayer this is a fun and wacky card that may serve a unique purpose in a coin flip deck providing a possible board sweeper. Combine with Krarks Thumb or cards like Chance Encounter to make a fun coin flip centered deck. It can be used as a decent early aggressive drop In limited it’s a 4/4 for 4 mana with trample and can sometimes be a nice board sweeper or a decent bomb card. Overall a card more geared towards limited and multiplayer and provides a fun exciting card for players to use.
Constructed: 1.0
Casual: 2.0
Limited: 2.5
Multiplayer: 2.0

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Volatile Rig which is a four mana 4/4 with Trample that attacks each turn if able and if dealt damage has a fifty percent chance of being sacrificed and when it dies it has a fifty percent chance of dealing four damage to each creature and player.  This is an odd card that is fairly efficient as an attacker if nothing deals damage to it, but any blocker turns it into some potential damage and global destruction.  A deck built around not losing field presence should the effect activate can make this work, though it is definitely not the kind of card you can place in just any build.
In Limited the risk is notable, but if played when none of your other creatures are in play or at risk the benefits far outweigh the drawbacks.  An aggressive colorless creature in a decidedly multicolor environment puts this high on any deck's list and it should be included for all Sealed builds.  Volatile Rig is also an easy first pick in booster that doesn't lock in your later choices in any way.
Constructed: 3.0
Casual: 3.0
Limited: 4.0
Multiplayer: 3.0

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