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Blow Up!


Card Ratings
Limited: 3.5
Constructed: 3.75

Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale 1 being the worst.
3 ... average. 5 is the highest rating.

Date Reviewed - 04.06.0

doc 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.

Limited: 3.5/5
Constructed: 3.5/5
Ian Spiegel Blow 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.

Limited: 3.5
Constructed: 4

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