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Ravaging Blaze
- Origins

Reviewed July 2, 2015

Constructed: 3.00
Casual: 3.33
Limited: 3.50
Multiplayer: 2.88
Commander [EDH]: 2.75 

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David Fanany

Player since 1995

Ravaging Blaze

The X-spell has been iterated on almost as many times as Lightning Bolt, and there's one for almost every situation nowadays. This one, it seems, is for the Kiln Fiend/Spellheart Chimera deck. That deck doesn't really need that much help in general, but it's a solid addition anyway and is sometimes even good in decks not specifically designed around spell mastery. I still prefer Volcanic Geyser for more general use, but this will see play in many decks, and deservedly so.

Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 3/5
EDH/Commander: 3/5

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Ravaging Blaze which is the latest in a long line of Fireball remakes for Red, as an X mana with two Red plus the ability to deal damage to a creature and player at the same time. 

Unlike most burn spells this is not ideal as a finisher or early game play as it works best in the middle stages as it is less efficient to kill both the opponent and one of their creatures at the same time. 

Played against a moderate threat of three to five toughness it is reasonable to have both the five to seven mana available and two other burn spells in graveyard.  Overall this is a very strong and efficient card to support burn/removal builds and should be popular across current formats and Commander.
In Limited this is removal, direct damage, and works well even in two color decks using Red.  The only drawback is needing a slightly higher than minimal number of instants and sorcery spells to reliably get both effects activated.  Even with that small risk this is a great second or third pick in Booster and should always be included in a Red build in Sealed.
Constructed: 4.0
Casual: 4.0
Limited: 4.0
Multiplayer: 4.0

Raging Blaze
I look at this card, and wonder why we couldn't just get an instant speed blaze for XRR, or even XRRR. The spell mastery trigger is cool for doing damage to controller and creature alike, but there's lots of better options out there, even in standard. It might win you the game, but this is pretty big counter-bait. It doesn't set the world on fire, but it's not the worst burn spell out there.
Constructed: 2
Casual: 3
Limited: 2.5
Multiplayer: 1.5
EDH: 2.5

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