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THE dominant card of Invasion Block Constructed. Nice to see it reprinted in the new card frame!
Posted By: stygimoloch (2/11/2010 5:44:32 PM)
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@f_fivefiftyseven

Nope. It's already attacking, so it can't be un-done.
Posted By: Belz_ (4/12/2010 5:41:30 PM)
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Achilles, in strictest sense, no, the sac ability wasn't integral to Fires decks back then. However, when compared to Fervor, the sac ability makes it that much more attractive for the same converted cost. But even while not the essence of the deck, it could often be the extra boost to win, either by saving a creature from a burn or giving that last two combat damage to win. And running four Fires meant you'd likely have another in hand or already on the board.

Yes, the dual-color cost makes Fires more "difficult" to cast, but cards like Blastoderm and Saproling Burst were the cards you wanted to haste. Basically, if you wanted mass haste, you ran red anyway for Fervor. But to make the best use of the haste in the Masques and Invasion blocks, you'd want green. At that point, there's no reason to choose Fervor over Fires.

As for the actual rating average, it probably has something to do with the nostalg... (see all)
Posted By: RedJaron (12/6/2011 12:24:41 PM)
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The +2/+2 wasn't essential, but this card was very prevalent in Green Heavy decks, making it just as easy to cast most of the time, and the +2/+2 might be just the push you need to finish off an opponent. Really no reason not to choose this over Fervor for the type of decks this ran in.
Posted By: PaladinZane (7/2/2010 11:14:44 PM)
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@Achilles
To sum up what people have said and add a bit to it:
The +2/+2 wasn't needed in that deck, it was simply extra incentive. All the green spells getting haste were so wanting to have haste, that a R/G deck just worked extremely well.
Additionally, this caused multiple copies of the Enchantment not redundant. Pulling two versions of Fervor in one hand would be pretty bad. Two FoY is never bad, since you have either option.
Posted By: infernox10 (12/6/2011 11:03:04 PM)
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It looks so much better in that frame for some reason, really makes it stand out.
Posted By: Tommy9898 (2/22/2010 8:51:51 PM)
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WHY THE SAC IS RELEVANT:

Fires was traditionally played in the context of efficient, undercosted, BIG creature threats like Blastoderm (2GreenGreen for 5 power) or Shivan Wurm (3RedGreen for 7 power). Or cards like Saproling Burst, which net you 12 damage for 5 mana when the tokens have haste.

You're probably thinking that 5 damage on turn 3 followed by 17 on turn 4 will get you there. This is generally the case (or the fix, as it was called), but Fires doesn't always get those kinds of draws. The thing that enables a total shut-out in a strong matchup where the opponent is capable of neutralizing some of these threats quickly is the extra 2 points of damage. It's that extra 2 damage that pushes it over the edge, even if its on a lone Birds of Paradise flying over their team. It's an instant speed ability, and it has the ability to come out of nowhere. It also makes the playing of multiple Fires i... (see all)
Posted By: jetzine (9/5/2012 9:06:30 AM)
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Quick question, if you played a creature with this out, attack with the creature, and then sacrifice this card after you've declared your creature as an attacker, or would that mean that they are no longer a valid attacker?
Posted By: f_fivefiftyseven (3/30/2010 10:59:24 AM)
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So I'm aware that this card drove the best deck in Invasion block, and I've looked at the decklists for an idea of how it works (Blastoderm, Saproling Burst, etc), but was the sacrifice ability actually an integral part of the deck? Because if not, how come Fervor isn't rated nearly as high when it's essentially the same thing and easier to cast?
Posted By: achilleselbow (7/2/2010 9:35:46 AM)
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Whoah. This was printed in archenemy and planechase.
Posted By: land_comment (2/25/2011 2:11:22 PM)
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