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Peak Eruption
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 Peak Eruption
- Theros

Reviewed November 4, 2013

Constructed: 2.62
Casual: 2.40
Limited: 2.25
Multiplayer: 2.50

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Peak Eruption

Back in Ravnica/Time Spiral Standard, when Blink Riders was a legitimate land destruction deck, I knew a guy who rain Cryoclasm maindeck. A risky proposition, given that it only works on Islands or Plains, but his reasoning was solid. The Ravnica duals made splashing easy, and most popular decks at the time ran white or blue. Failing to find a target was rare, in which case he could sideboard the Cryoclasm out.

I don't know if Peak Eruption will find that same utility. For one thing, it only targets one land type instead of two. For another, there's no Blink Riders or other land destruction deck in the format right now. And what's more, red isn't as dominant a color in Standard right now as White and Blue were in Ravnica/Time Spiral. That said, the Ravnica duals are back, and red makes a good splash color. I suspect Peak Eruption might settle into a few sideboards to be used against RWB midrange or Naya aggro. In limited, somebody might try comboing it with Nylea's Presence, but that just looks terrible on paper. Its only advantage in Limited is the fact that your sideboard in Limited consists of everything in your card pool that you didn't maindeck. If you end up with one late and find yourself facing a red deck, it could be awesome IF you remember you have it and sideboard it in.

Constructed- 2
Casual- 2.5
Limited- 1.5
Multiplayer- 2

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Peak Eruption
I'm curious what the flavor justification for "sideboard" cards that attack their own color is. It may just be as simple as the old proverbial expression about "if you can't beat them, join them." Peak Eruption calls back to Coldsnap's Cryoclasm, and will probably flourish similarly in an environment full of Ravnica dual lands. Even in other settings, it's far from useless - unless your group's tastes are severely biased, Mountains are on average about one-fifth of the basic lands around!
Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 2/5
Limited: 3/5
Multiplayer: 2/5

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Peak Eruption which is a three mana Red that destroys a target Mountain and deals three damage to that land's controller.  This is an efficient source of land destruction and damage that is extremely limited in application without a support theme to guarantee an opponent has Mountains.  Barring certain dual lands or actual Mountains to target this is a card that should only be played alongside effects that change the text to whatever land an opponent has or cards like Blood Moon.  The lack of versatility outstrips the efficiency and it is very unlikely that this will see much play outside of a gimmicky Casual build.
In Limited this is not a high draft priority and should be passed over for cards that will be useful against most opponents instead of only a few.  It is a fair late pack in color pick to use as a sideboard choice against other Red players and excels against opponents that are only splashing Red.  In Sealed it can be put in the sideboard and played against other Red players as in the typically multicolor builds this can potentially prevent multiple cards from being played depending on available mana sources.  By itself it isn't incentive to run Red, but shouldn't be forgotten when running the color anyway.
Constructed: 2.0
Casual: 2.0
Limited: 2.0
Multiplayer: 2.0

Skid Rambo

Peak Eruption is a new sideboard card for all of you players out there that would rather destroy a mountain than climb one. The 3 damage to the controller of the mountain is just a bonus. Cards like this are a reminder that after 20 years, Magic the Gathering still has plenty of card building options. I’m still not sure if Peak Eruption is worth a slot in any of my sideboards. I guess if you have a lot of friends that play mountains in Casual, then Peak Eruption could be a fun surprise for them. Maybe you are a Standard player that hates cards like Chain to the Rocks. Whatever your need for this card may be, it still only targets mountains. Hopefully you have a few Blood Moons lying around.

Constructed: 2.5           
Casual: 3
Limited: 2.5
Multiplayer: 3.5

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