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Pithing Needle naming Aether Storm
Posted By: xStrikerx (9/9/2009 3:14:00 PM)


Thrives most in multiplayer, where players will hold back on paying the life in order to not fall too far behind the group.
Posted By: Kryptnyt (6/27/2010 10:21:51 PM)


Hey, a 4 damage spell for 4 is still good - compare to Burst Lightning, which costs one more, Char and Staggershock, which cost one less but with drawbacks, or Flame Javelin, which requires 3 red. The reason this was never considered good was because damage was never the win condition in a blue control deck, which made this card pointless. However, it could easily find a place in a red/blue counter/burn deck.
Posted By: achilleselbow (6/21/2010 3:05:07 PM)


This is a very underplayed lock on some decks. I've used this successfully many times.
Posted By: sweetestsadist (3/6/2009 12:41:23 PM)


Unless your opponant realizes that it is easier to just lose the 4 life, at which point this is just a 4 damage burn spell for 4 in blue.
Posted By: pumaman83 (8/26/2009 10:49:51 AM)


Rather powerful against some decks, and an interesting card for blue.
Posted By: Radagast (11/4/2011 10:47:36 AM)


Achilleselbow, this card is just terrible, 4 damage to a player only for 4 is not that good. Lava Axe is terrible as well, and it's 5 damage for 5. Burst Lightning costs a bit more to kick but doesn't have to be kicked and hits creatures. Char deals 2 to you but hits creatures for less mana. Staggershock is... staggered, but hits creatures for less mana. Flame Javelin is more colour intensive but hits creatures for less mana. ALL of them are instant speed.
Posted By: Henrietta (7/23/2011 10:55:10 AM)


Was this so bad card that they had to errata it to work with artifact and enchantment creatures?
Posted By: tavaritz (5/29/2011 9:41:32 AM)


@ Henrietta
Name me the other great blue burn spells.
Posted By: Jerec_Onyx (1/6/2013 2:39:50 PM)


I like the fact that the errata preserves the 'bury' as "can't be regenerated." So I guess if I have Opalescence out, I can't Death Ward it? Seems like an awfully specific thing to worry about.
Posted By: Aquillion (5/11/2013 6:04:53 PM)


Gatherer works better in the Companion app!