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Grapeshot
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 Grapeshot
- Duel Decks: Mind vs. Might

Reviewed April 18, 2017

Constructed: 4.38
Casual: 3.75
Limited: 4.00
Multiplayer: 3.25
Commander [EDH]: 3.13

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David Fanany

Player since 1995

Grapeshot
 
There's usually not a lot of middle ground when it comes to using Grapeshot in constructed. Either it's hitting an opponent with 20 (or 20,000) copies, or it's not getting played at all. We're so used to thinking of storm as an inherently unfair mechanic (and to be fair, it can be very unfair) that we're not used to thinking of some of its more subtle applications. For example, Grapeshot is also surprisingly good in limited. You can set up turns with a couple of cheaper spells, or suspended spells since it's always been in a limited environment with suspend, where you take out several creatures using just the one casting.
 
Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 3/5
EDH/Commander: 3/5
James H.

Grapeshot (4/18)

 

Grapeshot looks innocuous, but it's definitely not. It’s a brutal little spell that gets used as a finisher in Storm decks, aiming a necessary number of copies at your opponent to end their life. It can even be used before you reach critical mass to pick off a board. Storm makes it extremely hard to stop, since each individual copy would need to be fizzled instead of the spell as a whole, and there aren't that many ways to disrupt a lethal Grapeshot (Summary Dismissal, Swift Silence, Time Stop, and Mindbreak Trap, or something to give you shroud/hexprrof or protection from red). 

 

Grapeshot is a centerpiece in a brutal deck, but it does ask for a lot of help in getting it to where it wants to be: lots of cheap instants/sorceries, cost reduction, untap spells, and other ways to build up the Storm count. When it does work, though, it's brutally efficient.

 

Constructed: 4.75

Casual: 4.5

Limited: 4

Multiplayer: 3.5

Commander: 3.25


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