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What I have always wanted to see and half expected from Alara Reborn, is an instant that costs BlueRed and it has;

As an additional cost, discard a card.
Choose one - counter target spell; or destroy target permanent.

That way it acts exactly like using a thoughtlace and red elemental blast. An old technique from alpha.

Posted By: Tommy9898 (1/21/2011 6:47:09 PM)


Pyroblast is a slightly improved copy of this. Only difference is you can cast a Pyroblast at a non-blue target, it just does nothing.
Posted By: Nighthawk42 (2/1/2011 3:36:47 PM)


Pyroblast checks if the permanent/spell is blue or not during resolution.
So if you change the color using lace to counter any spells.
It is impossible to do that with Red elemental blast since it cannot target non-blue spell/permanent.
Posted By: Hoonster (3/16/2011 3:24:21 AM)


Its probably uncommon to keep it out of pauper, where Pyroblast actually does see a lot of play.
I really don't care. Pauper doesn't have the greatest counter decks. You're more likely to counter a draw spell. Like Gush.
Posted By: Kryptnyt (3/21/2011 1:15:08 PM)


Actually, Pyroblast is usually better, because like Nighthawk42 said, it can be cast to do nothing. Think storm.
Posted By: deventio7 (5/21/2011 3:50:09 PM)


Actually Pyroblast is a copy of this.
Posted By: helluin (1/22/2011 12:49:30 PM)


I thought this cost less than pyroblast...
Posted By: land_comment (3/26/2011 1:45:04 PM)


considering this is pretty much a copy of pyroblast, i really fail to understand why this one is UNcommon especially since it was common in every set.
Posted By: Eternal_Blue (11/19/2010 4:59:09 PM)


@Nighthawk42: You mean a significantly WORSE version, not a BETTER one.
Posted By: EternalLurker (2/22/2011 7:03:16 PM)


When has Red been able to counter stuff? This is infringing upon Green's slice of the color pie.

Posted By: Swag_Crow (12/27/2013 7:51:43 AM)


Gatherer works better in the Companion app!