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Volcano Hellion
Planar Chaos


Reviewed January 24, 2007

Constructed: 2.62
Casual: 2.42
Limited: 2.56

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Jeff Zandi

 5 Time Pro Tour
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Volcano Hellion

This is a very cool card. Just when I get a little hot at WOTC for printing so many reprints and near reprints, a card like Volcano Hellion comes along and reaffirms the creative energy of Magic’s card designers. This card is probably just too weird for constructed, however. In limited, Volcano Hellion is not exactly a bomb rare, certainly not a must-hit first pick, but is a big body for a cheap price that can solve some problems while it creates some new ones. Namely, how much damage do you wanna take and how much mana do you wanna pay for echo.

At the very least, for 2RR you can kill a big creature and enjoy a blocker for a turn.

CONSTRUCTED: 2.5
CASUAL: 3.5
LIMITED: 3.5
 


Jordan Kronick

Volcano Hellion

This card is crazy. It can deal any amount of damage. Zero? Sure. Ten? Sure. A billion? Sure. Of coures, it deals that damage to you, but that's just something to figure out how to get around. This is a Johnny card without a doubt. It might be packaged like a spike card - it's cheap and large and deals damage when it comes into play - but figuring out how to use it to deal a billion damage to your opponent is the real challenge of this card.

Constructed Rating - 3.0
Casual Rating - 3.7
Limited Rating - 2.3
 

KC MetroGnome

Volcano Hellion

Hm. Not my favorite card. 2RR for a 6/6 is pretty sweet. On turn 4 (or 5, I guess), hopefully your life total is high enough as to make this Echo cost prohibitive. It does serve as removal, as needed, bumping off a critter, making his echo more affordable and providing a 6/6 beater all at the same time. I'm still not convinced. It wouldn't surprise me to see this show up in a good deck (perhaps some sort of Suicide Rakdos), but I'm not holding my breath either.

Constructed - 2
Casual - 1 (I wouldn't want to hurt myself so badly in a group game just to hit one creature)
Limited - 3+ (removal + fat body)
 

Aethereal

Volcano Hellion

Now this is interesting, as it lets you fry just about anything on the board if your life total is decent when you play it, then you can just pay the echo of 4 (assuming you drop this on turn 4 and drop to 4 life) and start the beatdown. Like yesterday's card, though, I don't see where this will fit in. Dropping to 4-5 life on the fourth or fifth turn of the game is not really a great situation to be in, especially against a Boros deck.

In casual, it's a big guy but there are better choices.

In limited, uh, probably not. You'd have to be at 8-10 life for him to be worth it.

Constructed - 2
Casual - 2
Limited - 2.5
 
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