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I wanted a Seal of Fire in Theros, but all I got was this janky old CD from the clearance bin...
Posted By: RedArcher (9/17/2013 9:17:43 PM)


People keep flaming this card, but speaking as a person who started magic in mono-green, and who constantly complained about the lack of removal, I... wouldn't play this.

If you want an explanation of why it's so much mana, though, it:
a) ignores all kinds of colour protection (only protection from artifacts can save your creatures)
b) is an artifact for the purposes of combos. The first ones that spring to mind are Glissa, the Traitor or Trading Post.

Chew on that for a second. You really, REALLY wouldn't want a recurring, colourless creature removal spell that's cheaper than this, would you? No, didn't think so. It's five mana to activate for a reason, people.
Posted By: OrgasmandTea (9/18/2013 9:28:09 AM)


Because Flame Slash was 4 mana too cheap.....
Posted By: Pendulous (9/18/2013 12:43:24 AM)


For those of you who don't know the flavor behind this card, here it is. King Ixion, of the Lapiths, was invited to dinner by Zeus. Ixion saw Hera and fell in love with her. Zeus made a cloud shaped like Hera to test Ixion. He mad love with "Hera" and was struck by Zeus's thunderbolt and strapped to a burning wheel, shown on this piece of junk. It spun until Orpheus played his music in an attempt to rescue his wife.
Posted By: mpitcock (9/22/2013 9:00:54 AM)


It looks like Nevinyrral's Disk's stunted runt of a brother it keeps in the basement.
Posted By: Nucleon (9/18/2013 10:55:33 PM)


Oh man, I was gonna be all even-handed and say, hey, they printed this to show that artifacts can't be as powerful as actual colored spells like red, because blah blah blah, etc.

But it can't even hit players! Give us SOMETHING.
Posted By: anotherfan321 (9/17/2013 7:04:01 PM)


oh gods why?
Posted By: chainsmoker (9/18/2013 4:49:21 AM)


It's the retarded triplet of Cyclopean Snare and Razor Boomerang!!!
Posted By: Black_Sun28 (9/19/2013 8:36:53 AM)


The benefit is that it threatens your opponents with a possible kill. If they don't have a way of boosting their valuable 3-toughness or less bomb, they aren't going to play it with this on the field.

However, use deductive thinking: if they DO play something like that (EG: Phalanx Leader), make sure as hell they don't have untapped mana.

That being said, you're not really reducing the cost of this that much if you play it early. The difference between 5 and 6 isn't too far in limited.
Posted By: Ferlord (9/18/2013 12:50:31 PM)


If you really, really, REALLY are low on removal.
Posted By: Purplerooster (9/18/2013 4:59:41 PM)


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I get the cost division here to be able to put it out cheaply and activate it later on, but I'm not sure if it was divided as well as it could be, a 2-cost 4-activation would let it do its job a little better, saving a turn while forgoing your 2-drop creature. A calculated risk.

2.5/5 for it giving it an earnest try.

@troll_berserker Yeah why can't uncommons be as strong as rares? It's almost like wizards doesn't want you having a lot of a powerful effect in limited environments.
Posted By: PopcornBunni (3/17/2014 12:32:14 PM)


What the flavor text is saying is that if you annoy a forge god, they're going to make you artifacts that suck, like this one.
Posted By: Aquillion (3/8/2014 7:20:24 PM)


Pretty much strictly worse than Brittle Effigy in effect and in activation cost. If this could also burn players, that would have been at least one redeeming trait, but they couldn't even do that. 1/5, bad limited fodder.
Posted By: troll_berserker (2/10/2014 2:37:23 PM)


If this had instead cost {3}, {T} to activate it would've been okay because it would give colours like {U} and {G} access to direct damage. As is, it's unplayable... the fact that it can't even win you the game (because it only targets creatures) just adds insult to injury.
Posted By: tcollins (1/14/2014 3:59:17 PM)


Wow, the **idea** behind this is good, love the cost to cast it, just 1, but then having to pay 5 to Tap and use its ability? No thanks.

The problem is that the ability, for what it is, is overcosted. The cost to put the artifact into play is great, the sacrificing is ok (maybe I'd be fine with paying 4 if it didn't require sacrificing the artifact), even dealing 3 to a creature - no choice between creature or player is not the end of the world, it's that cost of 5 to use the ability that drives me nuts.

Posted By: Travelsonic (11/30/2013 9:15:54 AM)


.5/5 Doesn't even make a good coaster.
Posted By: Silence9 (11/26/2013 1:12:57 PM)


LOL, this is terrible... not quite Wood Elemental or Sorrow's Path terrible, but probably bottom 10.
Posted By: Technetium (10/30/2013 11:46:24 AM)


Three pages of comments, and NO ONE has mentioned Brittle Effigy??
Posted By: HuntingDrake (10/25/2013 1:29:02 AM)


Chakram from Xena: Warrior Princess !!
Posted By: Arcas83 (10/20/2013 5:42:39 AM)


One wheel to burn them all,
one wheel to revolt them,
one wheel to spurn them all
and in the darkness... bolt them.
Posted By: Salient (10/13/2013 11:07:20 AM)


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