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So much better than Lava Axe! I can't imagine why this wouldn't be in something like a red EDH, where someone is bound to have more life than you. Recurrable damage can be so devastating when card advantage really counts. Sadly, this just wouldn't make it in today's red decks - if your opponent isn't 7-10 damage below you by turn three, you're doing something wrong :3
Posted By: Kaizeischi (11/10/2010 1:00:06 PM)


Moltensteel Dragon? Can pump, blast, pump some more, and then swing.
Posted By: TheWrathofShane (11/4/2012 10:03:13 PM)


I had never played this card before, but the "lightbulb" moment that happened when I was playing Cube, drew this, looked at all my untapped mana and then across the field at my opponent's Tamiyo and Sorin will always be one of my favorite moments in my Magic experience.
Posted By: Magnor_Criol (12/4/2012 12:41:49 AM)


Note that if your opponent has more life than you this lets you murder all their planeswalkers. Additionally, if you're running {R}/{W} and using cards like Worship, Fortune Thief, Angel's Grace, and others to stabilize at low life totals, this can be a win condition all by itself. Being instant means you can use your mana to defend yourself if necessary, perhaps with Fateful Hour cards?
Posted By: LordRandomness (5/22/2013 12:50:43 AM)


4 damage for 3 mana is pretty good (see Char, Flame Javelin, Flames of the Blood hand). The inability to target creatures sucks, but the extra ability can be useful. But if you have less life than that player even after this spell though, you're probably in trouble.
Posted By: mdakw576 (1/3/2010 2:44:41 AM)


Ever been so mad that your rage coalesced into a shining ball of pain that struck your enemies with force greater than a Lightning Bolt?

That guy has.

Don't mess with him.
Posted By: Exelia (4/13/2013 11:27:39 AM)


3 CMC instant speed 4 damage is solid.
Posted By: EpicBroccoli (2/26/2012 10:29:45 AM)


Mdak, since this card is an instant, even on 6th turn, if you're untapped (which for red WAS highly unlikely) you could burn them for 8 and maybe bring them down to fireball range. Being able to smack them in the mouth for 4 at the end of every one of their turns until the life totals equaled for a measly cost of 3 mana was ridiculous. Pulse of the Fields being the reverse of this, but good still.
Posted By: Penultimate (1/21/2010 10:10:29 PM)


Hurt by the loss of mana burn. You can't tinker with your life total until this works anymore.
Posted By: Kryptnyt (12/30/2010 2:16:40 PM)


3 CMC instant speed 4 damage is even better! ; )

Drop it in a black/red multiplayer deck and never fear using your life as a resource for powerful black spells - it only allows you to use this even more. Given that no one has a counter in hand, you can go around the table with this knocking down player's life totals. Of course, you'll be lucky if it doesn't get countered, because Blue Player may enjoy you lowering the life of White Player, but they'll have your plan figured out enough that they might counter your play just in case.
Posted By: sarroth (3/23/2011 9:12:32 PM)


Gatherer works better in the Companion app!