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@Blaqkheart - how do you get out a Zektar Shrine Expedition on turn 1, given that it costs 1R? =)

It's a good card, but what's really handy about it is the fact it's a sorcery and not a creature. Combos well with Pyromancer Ascension (though the most successful pyro decks at the moment seems to revolve around creature spot removal and card draw), and could be recast with Chandra Ablaze's major if you ever get up to it.
Posted By: JaxsonBateman (11/17/2009 8:26:07 PM)


This works with Chandra Ablaze ulti, Ball Lightning doesnt, so you get 7/1's with Unearth. Winner
Posted By: zpikduM (11/30/2009 7:35:29 PM)


I can't believe you brought up Boros Recruit of all things as a way to disparage this thing. Sad.
Posted By: Laguz (12/2/2009 12:22:57 PM)


Think this could work in Extended All-in Red with mana acceleration?
Posted By: rambol (12/11/2009 12:48:01 AM)


@ReturnToSender: Another thing I hate about a card like this is the fact that even a card like Searing Touch can kill this thing. I'm not saying it's not a good card, but it's a bit vulnerable.
Posted By: nammertime (12/17/2009 6:50:25 AM)


It's an almost as good version of ball lightning. Plus if you go into the late game, this can be a finisher (though in late game, the un-kicked version is still a finisher...). Meh. Still a great card though!
Posted By: Vampire__ (12/21/2009 12:56:29 PM)


Even though Elemental Appeal cost one more red to cast, I think it is just as good as Ball Lightning in standard. Why? because it combos with cards in the block that make it more effective like Pyromancer's Assension and Chandra Ablaze. Ball Lightning only serves one purpose while Appeal can serve three.
Posted By: StriderHiryu (12/25/2009 12:38:35 PM)


Who else would have preferred the kicker to give it doublestrike?
Posted By: Gako (1/5/2010 10:37:56 AM)


I think the kicker is playable in non-Standard formats. There are several cards create huge mana sources for Red which will satisfy most of the initial casting cost, so late game coming up with the other 7 shouldn't be too bad.

But really, the kicker is just butter compared to a very strong sorcery that creates an instant threat. It is also worth mentioning that blue counters which are creature-centric wont work on this guy, so someone waiting for a Ball Lightning is going to get a nasty surprise when this hits the table.

Posted By: Gaussgoat (1/31/2010 6:28:50 AM)


This is pretty much a ball lightning that costs one more but has one more power and can be 14/1. Overall, not better than ball lightning. Ball lightning is the shizz and the art is way cooler. But overall, a good card definitely.
Posted By: EvilCleavage (4/7/2010 8:30:35 PM)


Gatherer works better in the Companion app!