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This card has massive potential on so many fronts. As a 1CC instant, its main ability far outweighs the kicker damage. All the damage cancelling effects in the game just went *poof*.

Posted By: Gaussgoat (1/21/2010 6:44:37 AM)


Is everyone who responds to nammertime completely batsh-it retarded? Seems as though I'll have to respond to the wave of illiterate:

@esperlord: He specifically said IF PROGENITUS BLOCKS a power 10+ creature and you play this, it will die; which is 100% correct.

This doesn't target anyone without it's kicker, and it doesn't target any creatures EVER.

@KrisKross: Why would it take pyroclasms? If Progenitus Blocks, say my 7 power power kiln fiend (a reasonable choice) then I play this, kiln fiend will become power 10 and his damage will be unpreventable (like all damage dealt for the rest of the turn.) Progenitus will then die.

@Champion squee: three people managed to misread his post or blatently quote irrelevant rules. I'm glad you managed to make it into this category. Again, Progenitus need not be targeted NOR does it require spells to (directly) kill him. See my above example.

Keep in mind too that things like kiln fiend, with a mere 2 card combo can becomes OUTRAGEOU... (see all)
Posted By: blurrymadness (2/20/2011 11:08:02 PM)


Important note:

Will NOT counter/negate damage replacement effects, like Phytohydra or Pariah.

Replacement effects and prevent effects are seperate.
Posted By: Nerobyrne (2/6/2010 10:22:04 AM)


Allright, I've got a question, when you kick this with your Djinn Illuminatus out, is the mana cost R or RR3 ?
I think it's R, which makes some crazy combo (although it takes some time to get Djinn in play...).
Posted By: skew (7/20/2010 10:11:37 AM)


@skew: Good find. I think you're right:

"Kicker costs don't change a spell's mana cost or converted mana cost."
"If a kicked spell is copied, the copy is also kicked."

There you go. I was going to say that Beacon of Destruction was generally better since it can kill creatures, but this has more utility and combo potential, and works better with graveyard effects.
Posted By: achilleselbow (7/25/2010 2:20:30 AM)


Take that, Firewalker!
Posted By: GottaRunGottaRunNow (8/23/2010 2:04:46 PM)


i got to say i like this more then lava axe but im going to miss saying catch to my oppent as i kill them lol always fun to see there mouth drop when u just say catch
Posted By: his00 (10/13/2009 5:12:29 PM)


Instant lava axe or some weird utility seems good to me :D
Posted By: Slavir (9/28/2009 11:25:14 PM)


Best tool for RDW against that pesky Kor Firewalker.
Posted By: ivorythunder (4/21/2010 2:51:44 AM)


unpreventable lava axe, alright, sign me up

@Grimn777: for 6 mana, you can pop your quest, deal 5, make all damage unpreventable and lightning bolt their defender, course, that is only 15 dmg ^_^
Posted By: Dingo777 (10/3/2009 10:13:02 PM)


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@NoobOfLore: Well, you can't, for instance, search for this card with Burning Wish.
Posted By: Corey_bayoudragonfly (10/20/2012 1:30:13 PM)


A great answer to Fog-like fans, when you want to be sure that it will be the final turn.

My green deck splash red only for this card and for Kessig Wolf Run. :D
Posted By: Anzu-chan (10/7/2012 2:53:53 PM)


@DarthParallax: I feel it necessary to point out that even if that were true Lava Axe still wouldn't be strictly better. What you're describing is essentially split second (with some unnecessary violence added on). Which is a completely different effect from damage can't be prevented. Not to mention the option of not paying the kicker on this.
Posted By: UncreativeNameMaker (6/25/2012 4:40:01 PM)


A Lava Axe at instant speed for 3RedRed, and the option to play a lesser effect for Red in a pinch? Solid.
Posted By: Trygon_Predator (5/22/2012 8:03:24 PM)


Actually blurrymadness, Progenitus can't ever "die" because it has that replacement effect that shuffles it back into the library instead of the graveyard. So it's more like.. 99% correct.

I feel like a troll.
Posted By: Minus_Prime (3/23/2012 10:22:52 AM)



There is actually one thing I can think of offhand: If you're running Purity in some weird Boros-esque deck, and you desperately need to gain five life, you won't be able to. But who cares about that?

I can tell I'm going to love this card. I don't actually have any copies of it but I plan to soon. It makes Rakdos the Defiler much more playable IMO
Posted By: Andromeiylochk (8/13/2011 5:39:35 PM)


What was that Progenitus? Protection from everything? Not any more!
Posted By: Feralsymphony (5/19/2011 4:12:32 PM)


turn 1 - mountain
turn 2 - mountain Kiln Fiend
turn 3 - mountain Lighting Bolt a creature if they have one out, Assault Strobe, Unstable footing unkicked.

swing for 20 damage total, even if they played fog it wouldn't matter because of Unstable footing
Posted By: Boakes2047 (5/12/2011 5:51:48 PM)


lava axe still has its strengths, not costing extra mana from chandra ablaze's ultimate for one.
Posted By: lorendorky (4/20/2011 3:43:38 AM)


I want more of this. Spire Barrage is unreliable and just chills out in my hand most of the time. And this is either "Counter all Fog for the rest of the turn" or "Insta-Lava Axe and counter all Fog for the rest of the turn", and that is plain utility.
Posted By: DacenOctavio (3/27/2011 1:54:39 AM)


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