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Earthquake
5th Edition (10th?  maybe)


Reviewed June 20, 2006

Constructed: 3.00
Casual: 3.50
Limited: 4.17

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BMoor

Earthquake

It wipes out everything on the ground, but at least your Dragon will survive, right? But wait, if you've got a Dragon, then either you're bashing face with it and you don't need Earthquake, or your opponents' threats all have flying and Earthquake won't help. So, this card will kill all your own creatures and hopefully all your opponents (Red isn't good at flying). Do you really need it? Well, it does hit players too, so it could finish the game for you, but Red already has lots of burn spells to do that. I'd say this doesn't really add all that much to any Red deck.

Constructed- 2.5
Casual- 3
Limited- 3.5


Christine
Gerhardt

Earthquake

A classic Red X spell. It's one negative is that it's not an instant. Still a very nice finisher, especially in limited.

Constructed - 3
Casual - 3
Limited - 4.5


Bill
(aka Pojo)

Earthquake

This card is a nice Red X Spell.  It's not an instant, so it has to be played during your turn.  Demanding only one Red makes it easily splashable with other decks.  It can make a handy reset button and/or game ender.

Constructed - 3
Casual - 4
Limited - 4.5

Brock

What? Voting for Tenth Edition already? Well, it is an election year. And our first candidate is...
 
Earthquake
XR
Sorcery
Deals X damage to each player and each non-flying creature.
 
Oh, if only I could talk about the challenger, Hurricane, so that I could put this debate into proper context! But then I'd have nothing to say for tomorrow's review. "That'd be a good thing!" some of you undoubtedlly say. Yer probably right. ;)
 
From a limited viewpoint, Earthquake is a classic "wipe the board" card: Kill what's underfoot and send your own troops over the wall for the final assault! The fact that it can smash an opponent's face is only gravy. However, Earthquake has traditionally been a Base Set card, so it's limited play value suffers a bit when compared to it's cousins i.e. other red cards that aren't rare and/or have a cheaper mana cost. (Fireball back in the day to Pyroclasm in the present.) Things don't look much different once you get into the wide, wide world of various constructed formats, either. Don't get me wrong, though. It's still a STRONG card in every format it was or ever will be legal in. If it gets the nod in Tenth, I'ma draft it! :)
 
Limited: 3.5 to a 4 (depending on the base set) out of 5.
Constructed: 3 out of 5. (Eh, sue me. I personally like me an X spell that can hit *any* creature.)
Casual: 4 out of 5 from a multi-player perspective.
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