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Hour of Devastation
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Hour of Devastation
- Hour of Devastation

Reviewed August 1, 2017

Constructed: 4.25
Casual: 4.38
Limited: 4.67
Multiplayer: 4.25
Commander [EDH]: 4.25

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David Fanany

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Hour of Devastation
 
There's been a lot of discussion recently about Damnation, but this card shouldn't be overlooked. It's basically the same thing against certain decks (more decks than you might expect, if anything), and it could well cement red as a go-to color for measures against planeswalkers in casual formats. The only wrinkle is that it's so closely tied to the story that it might feel strange to cast it in a more "generic" Big Red style deck, but if that's a card biggest problem, you're in good shape.
 
Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 5/5
Multiplayer: 4/5
EDH/Commander: 4/5
James H. Hour of Devastation
 
Well, this is the board sweeper red has wanted for a while. You remove indestructible and you deal a heavy blow to creatures and planeswalkers alike. Five mana for a five-damage sweeper is a very reasonable rate of return, about what red expects to get in its sweepers (one for one is the usual going rate). And five mana is high, but it’s honestly better than, say, a four-for-four would be in this Standard, particularly with the ability to nail planeswalkers in the exchange.
 
If you're playing a red deck that usually lives past the opening flurry of action, this acts as a nice reset button if the board isn't going your way. While regeneration has mostly been phased out, this actually works well if you can regenerate your own board or give it protection from red, making this a lot less symmetrical than it otherwise would be.
 
Also, it’s worth noting that this does not hit any of the Nicol Bolas planeswalkers, which is a cute touch that makes it synergize well with the most evil of all dragons.
 
Constructed: 4.5
Casual: 4.75
Limited: 4.25
Multiplayer: 4.5
Commander: 4.5

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