Pojo's Magic The Gathering
Card of the Day
Wizards continued attempt to make burn not as good
as it used to be, we have Incinerate minus Instant
minus perks. Do people still play with it?
Yup. It's burn, right? This falls
under the category of "if they give it to us, we
will play it." Wizards is trying to find a
happy medium in today's slower game, and this is
slower burn. Not as good as it's
predecessors, but still good in today's
In limited, it's burn
- you definitely play it. Kills a LOT of
things in 7th ed.
A staple in burn
decks, it's efficient and well costed. It
can hit creatures or players. Lately on MTGO,
when playing in 7th leagues, hammer has been an
auto include, even to the point where I would look
for anything useful in red for an excuse to splash
red if I can't eek it out as a main color.
So, in limited, you play it, period.
Having been teaching
a friend the game using the starter set, this
card popped into my mind. I was kind of
surprised to see it hadn't been reviewed yet.
this is what we've come to if you want to do 3
damage to something. No Bolt, no Incinerate,
Yet, this is very
useful, as sometimes, you have to kill a
creature with 3 toughness, or a player is at 3.
This is the card for the job. The second burn
spell I would include in a deck, right after
In limited, direct
damage is ALWAYS good. Play it.
Sorcery. Two mana. No added benefits. And
unfortunately, one of the better
constructed worthy burn spells in the
environment. Things like this are one
of the reasons why t2 decks with a red base roll
over to ravenous baloths.
In limited, it's burn, and anything short of
kamahl's sledge is good there.
constructed - 2.9
limited - 3.1
Volcanic Hammer – “I
wish I were a Lightning Bolt”. 2 cost and a
Sorcery really isn’t the best, always look for
Instant direct damage. On the other hand it is a
solid card and playable but nothing like the Bolt.
Constructed – If you
can’t use the bolt, this will do – 2.50
Limited – Any direct
damage rocks in Limited – 3.50
PEZ – Well, everyone
else will be running Bolts but this will do – 2.50
Three damage for two
mana is definately decent and just about the right
amount of damage for the current Standard
environment where Rootwallas and Elephants rule
the red zone. Sorcery speed hurts a little, but
until they bring back Incinerate this will remain
Ltd.: Great mana
efficiency and versatility.
This card is the new form of incinerate,
and its not nearly as good, its still a reasonable
replacement. This card is pretty self explanatory
in limited. Play it.
In constructed it sees play in most
anything beatdown and red.
A vanilla 2cc burn spell, that is Incinerate's
forced but rather incompetent
replacement. Granted 3 damage for 2cc is always
decent, especially with no
draw back, it falls in the enormous and hard to
replace shadow of
Incinerate, and on the larger scale, Lightning
That, however, is only in Extended. In Type 2
something like this was what
people had been waiting for a while, because it
gave people a decent burn
spell to put into mono red, or into R/G Beats.
In limited, it's very simple. Burn is good,
because burn is removal and a
can kill opponents. Volcanic Hammer is burn, cheap
burn at that. More or
less, the point I am trying to make is this: in
limited, Volcanic Hammer is
Constructed (T2) - 3.1/5.0
Limited - 4.0/5.0