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Kiln Fiend
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 Kiln Fiend
- Rise of the Eldrazi

Reviewed Sept. 28, 2016

Constructed: 3.38
Casual: 4.13
Limited: 3.00
Multiplayer: 2.13
Commander [EDH]: 2.00

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David Fanany

Player since 1995

Kiln Fiend
This card is the epitome of what tournament players refer to as a glass cannon. If you have the right hand, it can kill in one attack. If you don't, it's not even clearly ahead of cards that are often considered sub-par (I've been taking a second look at Mage-Ring Bully now that the last core set is leaving Standard). But red is finally embracing its identity as a color of instants and sorceries, and there are a surprising number of "right hands", from the obvious Lightning Bolt and Assault Strobe to more off-the-wall choices like Tainted Strike.
Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 3/5
Multiplayer: 2/5
EDH/Commander: 2/5
James H. Kiln Fiend (9/28)
Kiln Fiend is, in the right deck, brutal. +3/+0 is a massive bonus to be attached to each instant and sorcery, meaning that the little fire dog can burninate your opponents in record time. In theory, you can power out a turn 2 or 3 kill with Kiln Fiend! (It involves Assault Strobe and the Phyrexian mana spells, especially Mutagenic Growth.)
It's still a fragile card that requires you to be focusing in on burning your opponent to death, but it makes for a good finisher in spellslinger-type decks. It's especially lethal in Pauper, and it's even good enough to see fringe Modern play. Just make note that it asks a lot of you in order to make it work well.
Constructed: 3.75
Casual: 4.25
Limited: 3
Multiplayer: 2.25
Commander: 2

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