We had this card years ago. It was called
Gorilla Shaman I believe. This guys costs a lot
more though. Six mana for a 4/4 creature isn't
very exciting. And yo activate the ability, it's
requires double X mana. The only artifacts you
are likely to kill are some small things that
aren't that important in the match by the time
he comes into play. But, I suppose there's an
off chance you could kill and Umezawa's Jitte.
But then again, in red, there are mana more
efficient ways to kill an artifact.
Trivia note: the "XX1" in the ability's cost is
a throwback to Gorilla Shaman, who had
essentially the same ability but could only
target artifacts. Deepfire can do the same for
creatures, at the price of being a multicolor
card. Would a Rakdos deck welcome this into the
ranks? Rakdos already has plenty of ways to
destroy creatures, but not too many that destroy
artifacts too, and not too many that can be
re-used. The 4/4 doesn't hurt either, but Rakdos
won't depend on a 4/4 for six mana to bring home
the win. To clear the way of blockers, maybe...
Elemental - Coldsnap has quite a few big
creatures in it. Aurochs. Dragons. Yetis.
Deepfire is one of the big ones, but it's one of
the best because it kills the little ones.
There's nothing worse than having a big
(non-trampling) creature and your opponent's got
a bunch of little dorks to block with. Deepfire
can take out those little guys in droves. He
also deals with one of the problem creatures of
the set - Sound the Call. Multiples of that card
can grow out of hand very quickly. Deepfire
Elemental takes them out for 1 mana apiece
(since tokens have a 0 casting cost). I like the
black/red archetype in Coldsnap drafting quite a
lot and I'm always happy to see this guy.
In constructed, just don’t run this. It costs
six, and its ability is far to expensive to be
useful. I suppose you could use it in URBzatron,
but that’s pushing it.
In casual, I don’t know. With infinite mana,
this guy is excellent. Otherwise, it’s just a
4/4 for 6.
In limited, don’t pick this highly. It’s a 4/4
for 6, and it’s ability is bad.
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