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Bonfire of the Damned
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Bonfire of the Damned
Avacyn Restored

Reviewed June 5, 2012

Constructed: 4.00
Casual: 4.33
Limited: 4.67
Multiplayer: 4.00

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David Fanany

Player since 1995

Bonfire of the Damned

For all I like flavor and spend time in card reviews talking about it, I also like observing the ever-changing design conventions and practices. For example, what is the actual "correct" cost for this effect? What about when you consider that it mimics Chandra Nalaar's ultimate, which required five mana and three turns in which nobody managed to successfully attack her? Personally, I think almost any mana cost you put on that is pretty much a bargain. I could repeat myself from yesterday about Ponder, but I suspect we've all heard enough about that card recently. This is pretty much the last spell you want somebody to respond to with Hallow.
Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 3/5 
Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Bonfire of the Damned which is a one Red and two X or one Red with one X through Miracle that deals X damage to target player and each creature they control.  Even at three mana this is potentially useful against a weak swarm and five mana should be enough to clear the opposing board when used with Miracle.  Overall this is a one-sided source of flexible mass damage for Red that will definitely be seeing play at least in sidedecks and likely maindecked in current burn builds.
For Limited this is a removal bomb that is an easy first pick in Booster and with only a single Red to worry about becomes an easy splash choice in Sealed.  There's no real drawback to running this in the format and the typical excess of mana and creature based games should often make this a finisher when it is drawn and played in late stages of the game. 

Even if Red is not your color of choice or it is the last pack it should not be ignored or passed as it will clear the board or burn for the win whether it is you playing it or the person that gets it passed over to them.
Constructed: 4.0
Casual: 4.0
Limited: 5.0
Multiplayer: 4.0


     Welcome to the card of the day section here at Pojo.com. Today we are looking at Bonfire of the Damned from Avacyn Restored. Bonfire of the Damned is a red mythic rare sorcery that costs double X and one red mana. Bonfire of the Damned deals X damage to target player and each creature he or she controls. Bonfire of the Damned has a Miracle cost of X and one red mana.

      Much like yesterdays review, Entreat the Angels, this card is amazing, and will not really want to be cast for its normal cost. The reasoning is again the Double X cost. This means in order to hit your opponent and all creatures for three damage, you’ll have to pay six, plus the red, equaling seven mana to deal three damage to the player and each of their creatures. Kind of expensive. But again, the Miracle cost fixes that. For just one red and X, you can do the same thing, so long as it’s the first card you’ve drawn that turn. Now it takes only four mana to hit your opponent and all of their creatures for three damage!

      Really fun card, and I always love fun red cards. A complete game changer when dropped for it’s Miracle cost.
Limited: 5/5
Constructed: 5/5
Casual: 5/5
Multiplayer: 5/5

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