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Reviewed December xx, 2004
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Sparksmith provided parity for the Goblin deck
against the large creatures in opposing decks.
Basically, it worked like this: Goblin player
would put MANY Goblins in play including
Sparksmith, opponent would put one large
creature in play. Sparksmith blasts the big
creature, dealing plenty of damage to the
Goblins' controller but opening the door for
dealing EVEN MORE damage to the opponent. In a
mirror match, Sparksmith was a very important
weapon, but sometimes dangerous to use.
Sparksmith is even MORE important as an early
game tool against Affinity decks.
* Level 3 DCI Judge
*DCI Tournament Organizer
the kind of race decks that the goblin deck
normally is, the Sparksmith is an amazing card,
keeping the tempo of the deck by removing
blockers for your pile driver to swing through
with. As a Casual card, pingers are always fine,
especially if they do damage to you as well.
This is also one of the few goblins I support in
limited formats. With only one or two more
goblins to go along with him, this guy can be a
wrecking crew on your opponent's creature base.
In short, Agent Smith is a good call in any
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Sparksmith - Wednesday
I'll be honest. I don't think I can give this
guy a fair rating no matter what I do. Sometimes
I loved it. Other times, I hated him. Sometimes,
I played him expected him to be great and he was
awful. Other times I played him as a filler and
he was MVP. I'm split, so here's what you get:
This guy was really popular when Goblin decks
first started rearing their ugly, Type II heads,
but then when everyone discovered Goblin
Sharpshooter, he slowly vanished from view.
Later on, he came back for a short run when
doing a lot of damage to a single target was
really important (see: Arcbound Ravager). I
rarely saw Sparksmith's drawback as *that*
relevant, as you only used it if you were a)
sure it would work and b) sure it was worth the
In casual play, this guy shows up every once in
a while, but since casual environments tend to
have a few more heavy-hitting, large-damage
spells than tournament players, Sparksmith's
attractiveness can go down a bit.
In limited, Sparksmith was usually a first pick
for draft, and a huge boon to any sealed deck
that had worthwhile red in it. Any removal is
good removal, and with two or three goblins in
play, Sparksmith was some REMOVAL.
Constructed Rating: 3.0
Casual Rating: 2.5
Limited Rating: 4.0
The defining card of onslaught limited, until
the subsets came along to prevent people from
getting 3 and 4 of these in a deck. Since the
set was so tempo based, dropping him turn two
and thus disrupting your opponent's next 4 turns
was backbreaking in many cases. He even made a
few appearances later on in constructed, too,
since he can move dangerous fatties that
sharpshooter couldn't deal with alone.