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2 stars?

I don't know. When I saw this for 1.5 stars, I was super surprised. I still am now.

Is it THAT much worse than Searing Spear in standard burn? Is exiling that creature irrelevant?

I understand that there have been cards printed that are better than this, but right now, this is not bad burn.
Posted By: Ferlord (11/12/2012 7:21:39 PM)


Pillar of Flame is almost as good and a lot cheaper.
Posted By: martianshark (9/25/2012 4:55:35 PM)


So this is definitely a card. Yup. It's a card alright. That being said, it could have easily costed R1 and not been overpowered. Why, just look at Searing Spear, another burn spell that only sees marginal play. There's so much design space that could be utilized, but WotC seems content to unsuccessfully reinvent the Lightning Bolt over and over again. With the new Lotleth Troll, I'd even be happy to see Incinerate back.
Posted By: Eternal_Blue (9/26/2012 2:49:44 AM)


Costs too much, even for exiling the creature
Posted By: Sago (9/27/2012 1:38:58 PM)


Decent burn spell for limited. Doesn't kill the rampant x/4's running around, but it does its job. Stops Scavenge, too. Otherwise it's basically just a burn spell, nothing special. In constructed, Pillar of Flame does a better job at stopping stuff hitting the graveyard (Undying).

It's disappointing that cards like this don't get around regeneration, when I feel like they should, flavour and mechanic wise. It's just counter intuitive. You can't regenerate from a Path to Exile but you can from this thing (And I know many players are going to play it wrong, and I wouldn't blame them). I know wizards is trying to make regeneration suck less, gettting rid of cards like Incinerate that just stop regeneration for no clear reason, but a card like this wouln't really be a problem for it anyway.

Personally, I'm in favour of exile-burn working like Disintegrate, exiling the creature the AND stopping regeneratio... (see all)
Posted By: Kurraga (10/28/2012 11:24:54 AM)


Really, this card could be a lot better. But it could be a lot worse. If you're just running it in an Izzet deck, popping out a Goblin Electromancer makes it a 2 mana burn spell that removes better than SS.
Posted By: JohnRoss (11/29/2012 7:21:00 AM)


Annihilating Fire does exactly what it needs to do in the current standard format. It kills Thragtusk. It kills the endless stream of Centaurs. It deals with the limitless numbers of 3/3's in this format, AS well as the zombies in the format - Pillar of Flame can't do both. I run a few sideboard, sometimes mainboard if i expect a lot of junk, jund, or well.. green.

4/5 - it's cost means that you have to run red heavy, but it does definitely pull it's weight, and that is what counts.

Posted By: Maelstrom92 (11/29/2012 8:14:11 AM)


And this is what happens after you go and reprint Lightning Bolt. Every new burn spell now has to compete with The Bolt, and is, of course, set to fail and become limited fodder. Well done, that was a smart move indeed!
Posted By: True_Mumin (9/30/2012 3:32:35 AM)


I think this card is excellent. I am a pro so I know that in the Magic universe, exile is worse than death!
Posted By: Lotsofpoopy (9/25/2012 11:10:57 PM)


@raptorman strictly worse than Yamabushi's Flame, and only because of splashability.

Strictly worse = worse in all cases. We can reasonably say this is not worse then that card in a mono red deck with ball lightning.
Posted By: TheWrathofShane (4/16/2013 11:46:53 AM)


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