Radstorm – Fallout

Date Reviewed:  March 26, 2024

Constructed: 2.63
Casual: 4.00
Limited: N/A
Multiplayer: 4.00
Commander [EDH]: 4.13

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Proliferate seems like one of the abilities that it’s safer to pair with storm, given that it usually requires setup involving counters on creatures or players, and that there isn’t usually much overlap between the two abilities’ enablers. Of course, they thought the Time Spiral block’s storm cards were safer than Scourge‘s, and Empty the Warrens, Grapeshot, and Ignite Memories went on to be format-defining. That’s not to say that Radstorm will automatically be unplayable: even if Legacy’s strategies for creatures and poison turn out to be incompatible with the card, Commander’s increased time and space to set up might end up letting it do some pretty ridiculous things. It’s hard to think of a kind of counter where this card going off for high numbers will do anything other than end the game.

Constructed: 2.5
Casual: 4
Limited: N/A
Multiplayer: 4
Commander [EDH]: 4

 James H. 


Two words of rules text is, for cards with rules text, the second-lowest total, and it’s especially striking when you see it presented without reminder text. Radstorm does, on paper, what it promises: spread radiation, and spread it explosively. Mind that this needn’t only increase rad counter presence, but it sounded fun to say, so here we are.

Proliferate is a bit of an interesting ability, a sort of force multiplier that can really push things forward if there is a small opening. Radstorm’s bassline (four mana to proliferate) is not great; even at instant sped, it’s about one mana more than you’d like to pay for the effect. Of course, this looks a lot better once storm starts adding multiple copies, and if you’re pointing this at poison, this can be a surprise kill out of nowhere.

I think it costing four mana makes Radstorm a bit too ambitious a play for Legacy, particularly since poison generally aims to land one decisive turn of attacks and there aren’t a ton of counters besides. Still, this is in the format’s strongest color, and storm means that you’ll usually get at least one proliferate trigger to go off here.

Constructed: 2.75
Casual: 4
Limited: N/A
Multiplayer: 4
Commander [EDH]: 4.25

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