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Abrade
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Abrade
- Hour of Devastation

Reviewed Aug 7, 2017

Constructed: 4.0
Casual: 3.5
Limited: 4.25
Multiplayer: 3.0
Commander [EDH]: 3.25

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James H.

Abrade (8/7)

 

Flexibility is always a pro when you have any card, and this is your choice of Shatter or a weakened Lightning Strike for the same cost as both of them. Coming off of the artifact-heavy Kaladesh, Abrade is an efficient answer to some of that format’s more egregious offenders (like Heart of Kiran), and it’s not dead against most decks (creature-light decks are not a common deal in Standard these days). If you’re in red in Standard, there’s little reason to not run a playset of Abrade in your 75.

 

Constructed: 4

Casual: 3.5

Limited: 4.25

Multiplayer: 3

Commander: 3.25


David Fanany

Player since 1995

Abrade
 
There's little doubt that "answer" cards in Standard have recently been below their historical high power point, and I think that has colored a lot of the initial anticipation for Abrade. Not in the way that might initially sound, though - I actually think this card is even better than it looks, and not just "good for Kaladesh Standard". It goes one big step beyond something like Smash to Smithereens by not just doing something extra, but doing something alternative when you need it to (and three damage kills a lot of creatures even under current design standards!). There's basically no format that doesn't like modal spells, but I'll also take a moment to point out that if you don't feel you want Shatter or Smelt in your Cube or Danger Room, this might be the perfect card for you.
 
Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 4/5
EDH/Commander: 4/5

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