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Pojo's Duel Masters Card of the Day

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  Blizzard of Spears


Date Reviewed: 03.27.07

Constructed Average Rating:3.25
Limited Average Rating: 3.25


Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale
1 being the worst. 3 ... average.
5 is the highest rating.
 

DRY 1337

 

 

Today’s card is a real killer (literally).  With this card you have the potential to clear out the entire field… Just be careful when you cast it because Blizzard of Spears does bite back.  Let’s take a look.

 

Blizzard of Spears

Cost: 6

Civilization: Fire

Type: Spell

Rules Text:

  • Destroy all creatures that have power 4000 or less.

     

Blizzard of Spears seems pretty well priced at 6 mana.  When you think about it, Apocalypse Vise will cost 1 additional mana and Searing Wave will cost 1 mana less.  This card fits snuggly right in between.  Just like Apocalypse Vise and Searing Wave, Blizzard of Spears gives you the opportunity to destroy a large number of creatures.  As a matter of fact, you can destroy all creatures with 4000 power or less!  This is amazing, right?  Well just consider the fact that you’ll be killing your own creatures as well.  This is the reason why very few people use Blizzard of Spears.  The consequences are difficult to withstand, which is why only the true masters can use it without suffering heavy losses.

 

Despite the drawbacks, this card shines in the right deck.  For example, low creature control decks can completely abuse this card.  Duelists who use this type of strategy pretty much keep zero creatures in the battle zone for the majority of the game.  Blizzard of Spears is perfect with this style of play because you can clear out the entire battle zone while not having to worry about its consequences.  Just think; all of this destruction is being caused by just one card.

 

Another obvious way to use this card is for Petrova Slaying.  Out of all the fire destruction spells, Blizzard of Spears is the only card that can get the job done.  It’s also perfect when chaining combos.  Just imagine purposely destroying your creatures and activating their abilities (Jil Warka, Shaman Broccoli, Propeller Mutant, Aqua Soldier, etc.).  In one shot you’ll be activating your own abilities while eliminating your opponent’s creatures.  On top of that, the end result of such a large combo is typically the final blow (or close to it). 

 

The Good:  Another way to take out multiple threats with just one card.

 

The Bad:  You could end up destroying your side of the battle zone needlessly.

 

The Ugly:  If you run a swarm deck then do your best to stay away from this card.

 

Constructed Rating: 4/5 – Blizzard of Spears is near broken when used properly.  However, it has a major drawback, which could cost you the game.  The Fire Civilization has a good variety of multi-destruction so make sure you’ve made the right choice. 

 

Limited Rating: 4/5 – A card like this will not give you the win but it’ll pretty much reset the field when used in limited.  Granted you will not get anywhere after casting it, but you’ll be able to take down a wall of blockers or a swarm of creatures.

 

 

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Let’s look at this card:

 

Name: Blizzard of Spears

Cost: 6

Civilization: Fire

Type: Spell

Rules Text:

Destroy all creatures that have power 4000 or less.

Flavor Text:

"That's my kind of winter wonderland." -Bazagazeal Dragon

Mana Number: 1

Artist: Taro Yamazaki

Rarity: R

Collector Number: 37

 

Not much to say about this card, so I can be short and sweet.

 

Blizzard of Spears.  At a cost of six Mana and five, this could be widely played.  I am not sure how widely it is played since I am new, but I would not be surprised if some fire decks ran this.

 

Destroy all creatures is the major drawback to having this card.  That means your monster too, not just your opponents.  At the same time though, this could get rid of many a rush deck’s early battalion.

 

If you are personally willing to sacrifice your monsters, then I would say go ahead and use this card.

 

I give this card. . .

2.5/5 – the major drawback, again, is the all creatures.

 

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