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Fireblast 
Visions Common


Reviewed March 12, 2004

Constructed: 4.5
Casual: 3
Limited: 3.5

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1 being the worst.  3 ... average.  
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Chris
Gerhardt

* game store owner in CA, ShuffleAndCut.com

One of the staples of old school Sligh (burn) decks.  It's alternate casting cost was used quite a bit, often to finish off an opponent.  One of its greatest features is that it can hit players or creatures instead of just one or the other.  Add to that its alternative cc and you have a very versatile spell worthy of a good burn deck.  Unfortunately, it fell out of Extended with the last rotation so you can only play it in casual or Type 1.

In limited, this guy is AMAZING. Again, versatility is the name of the game.

In casual, if you have a good burn deck, this guy is in there with your Lightning Bolts, etc.  Fun, fun, fun!

Constructed: 4.5
Casual: 4
Limited: 4.5
Current Price: Fireblast $1
 


Judge Bill

*Level 2
MTG Judge

*game store employee

 Friday - Fireblast

Finally, and old school Sligh finisher. This is still used today to push through the last few points of damage. In any deck where it is legal (Type 1/1.5), if I were playing Sligh, I would consider this one of the core untouchable cards of my deck.

In casual, this won't get played as much. The decks usually don't focus on killing as fast as possible, especially in multiplayer, so this is just a 6 mana card, which is too high for its effect.

In limited, this is great. All burn spells are good, and to be able to push through the last few poins of damage or take out a creature is good.

Constructed: 5
Casual: 2.5
Limited: 4


DeQuan
Watson

* game store owner (The Game Closet - Waco,TX)

* pro tour player

Fireblast
 
What a good card to end this week's Card of the Day with.  This card is just nuts scary.  It is effectively four damage for free.  This is one of the cards that most players missed after the extended rotation a while back.  This card is waaaaaaaay good.
 
Casual players aren't has hyped about this card as constructed players.  However, if they knew what was good for them, they would be interested :)
 
In limited play, this would be a great spell to have.  You can kill a creature or you can blast your opponent.
 
Constructed: 4.5
Casual: 2
Limited: 3
 


Jeff Zand
i

5 Time Pro Tour
Veteran

Level 2 Judge

 Fireblast
Possibly the greatest red card ever printed. When it was legal, every mono
red deck held four of these. You would cringe when, at the end of your turn,
your opponent would ask you "What life are you at?" An announcement of any
number less than ten or twelve usually meant that your opponent had a couple
of Fireblast in his hand and was going to kill you. I had a set of four of
these hand stamped as dangerous cargo by American Airlines as a joke. I
still have them. Airport personnel used to have a better sense of humor back
then. This card didn't have much of a life span in limited, but it is
obviously good in any format. Attempts to include this card in decks that
were not FULL of mountains usually were disappointing, though.
CONSTRUCTED: 4.5
CASUAL:           4.5
LIMITED:           4.0

Ray "Monk"
Powers
* Level 3 DCI Judge
*Game Store Owner (Gamer's Edge)
 Fireblast

One of the first alternate casting cost spells that heralded the end of Magic, this card ended up being only one of two that had a profound effect on the constructed environment, the other being Force of Will of course. This card revolutionized sligh decks everywhere, and was a mainstay in the deck for years. It totally lacks flavor, but this card is one that deserves a place in the hall of fame.

Casual: 1
Constructed: 4
Limited: 3
Jason
Matthews


* Level 1 DCI Judge

*game store employee

* gaming for over 15 years

Friday-Fireblast

The card so good it makes you want to slap your mama. I love this card and always have. I played this card till the color wore off. Who cares that it cost 6 mana total if you want to hard cast it. Many a player has set across from a Sligh player and heard the dreaded phrase “whats you life total at?” and then watched there life total disappear because of two sacked mountains. Before the big extended rotation I played sligh pretty much exclusively and I like that at any time you could have the ability to do four damage. Quake in fear of the FIREBLAST. It a good card in all formats and recieves my highest rating possible in all formats. In my perfect world Fireblast will be in the core set every time its printed.

Constructed 5
Casual 5
Limited 5

Jonathan
Pechon


2 Grand Prix Top 8's

Multiple Pro Tour appearances

Fireblast

 

This card will make any veteran of old-school Magic roll his eyes back as they remember how often they had to hear, “End of turn, Incinerate you, Incinerate you.  My turn, cast Ball Lightning, attack.  Fireblast, Fireblast, game?”  Well, maybe not that exact order of spells, but some other combination of the above that managed to do 20 in a ridiculously short amount of time.  Fireblast defined the mono-red deck for a very long time, and continues to do so in some Type 1.5 and Type 1 decks.

 

I have to say that I missed a lot of the drafting that involved Visions; this card still seems to be just fine, however.  The alternate casting cost makes it more flexible than something like Pinpoint Avalanche.  Four damage is also pretty significant in a world of big creatures like Visions draft.

 

Casually, if you like to play a lot of burn to throw at peoples head, then this is the card to have.  I just don’t think the burn deck can be terribly popular (or fun) though.  Frankly, RR4 is not a terribly common casting cost in Magic, therefore it’s also not common in Mental Magic.  You also have Rain of Salt available at this casting cost, as well as Crater Hellion; you’ll get more card advantage out of those.

 

Constructed:  4.5

Limited:  3.5

Casual:  2.5

 

Jason
Chapman
Fireblast is a classic card that pushed Sligh and Burn over the top. This card is just sick because of the alternate casting cost. There are just too many situations that this card helps out in and most of those result in game over and a win. I don't think most magic players can count the number of times they heard, "I'll sac 2 mountains to deal the final points to you."

Constructed - A solid card that fits the aggressive style of both Burn and Sligh - 4

Limited - A great card that doubles as strong removal - 4.5

Casual - Smoke 'em if you got 'em (kind of mean though) - 4

PEZ - Another signature card in this format, no Red deck should be without 4 copies - 5
 

Chase

Secret Squirrel on the Boards

 Fireblast

Fireblast was a good addition to Extended Sligh decks. Ball Lightning, Fireblast, is 10 damage in 1 turn, which would frequently finish off the opponent fairly quickly. Now that blast isn’t Extended legal anymore, it isn’t as big of a force. If it was reprinted, it would see a lot of play. The alternate casting costs of spells was a great mechanic, maybe too strong, but it works perfectly with blast.

In Casual, why sac lands? Casual doesn’t need Slighs insane speed. Just go for Searing Wind.

Constructed: 4 (old) 2 (new)
Casual: 2
 

 

 

 

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