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Date Reviewed - 04.06.07
||We end our
week with a bang…or more exactly the uncommon
Warlord tactic Blow up.
Don’t you think this card should have had an
exclamation point after its title too? I mean
Exploding Sock Puppet got one…gee…no love.
For a cost of 4 with threshold one, we have our
latest piece of item removal (or Pogo Bear removal
if you will). Removal with a kick none the less.
We’ve had Hammer Smash with its possibility of
hitting 2 items for a cost of only 2, and Precise
Sabotage which eliminates an item for Gearsmith at a
cost of 3. So why do we need more? (Other than more
is always better unless you’re talking about punches
in the nose!)
The extra punch that Blow Up packs is in the form of
direct damage. There aren’t too many direct damage
tactics, and none of them do 3 points. Deadly
Striker will do 4 upon its demise, but that’s the
only one that out punches Blow Up and of course it’s
not a tactic.
In limited, a little direct damage doesn’t hurt, and
since its removal, it’ll be a solid mid pack pick or
inclusion for those running Warlord in sealed. In
constructed, if we see OLHPB during the Part 2 meta,
Blow Up will get a leg up.
Today we look at a new
piece of item destruction given to the Warlord trade
in the four cost tactic Blow Up!
This card is like a watered down version of Hammer
Smash in that it cost two extra, and instead of
possibly destroying two items it instead deals three
points of damage to your opponent.
However, it has its place in decks where even Hammer
Smash would not fit. In Banker/Warlord burn for
example it is an easy choice to go up to four where
Hammer Smash may have occupied otherwise.
When combined with some of the new "flip" items as I
call them, (those that have a one time effect and
are flipped to your opponent such as Inside
Information, ect.,) this card really shines.
In limited, it is item destruction which can be good
or bad. It shines however with the ability to deal
direct damage, which can be crucial in limited play.