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Pojo's Magic The Gathering Card of the Day
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Earthquake
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Earthquake
M10

Reviewed September 22, 2009

Constructed: 3.00
Casual: 3.75
Limited: 4.25
Multiplayer: 4.00

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BMoor

Earthquake

It's like Fireball, but it automatically hits every target on the board except flyers. With enough mana, it's Wrath of God and Lava Axe in one card. With really enough mana, it's "if you have more life than anyone else, you win the game". And you can splash it too.

Constructed- 3
Casual- 4
Multiplayer- 4.5
Limited- 4.25

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Earthquake

Like its Limited Edition companions Fireball and Hurricane, Earthquake was intended to mimic similar old-school Dungeons and Dragons spells by getting larger and more powerful as the game went on. This rich flavor, combined with its versatility in taking out creatures of almost any size, made it a perfect fit for M10. For modern flavor, of course, you'd want an earthquake spell to destroy a couple of lands as well, and maybe even equipment, but we're not going to hold that against it.

Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 3/5
Miguel

Tuesday 9-22-09

Earthquake

 

Constructed: Good old Earthquake. Run one or two copies for getting in that last couple of points of damage in for the win. Or to clear the board. Just watch out for Harm's Way.

 

Casual & Multiplayer: Everyone should have a Earthquake or two just for fun. I you ever try to kill everyone at once, including yourself.  It's fun, try it sometime.

 

Limited: Other than those pesky flyers this card is a bomb for draft or sealed deck. Just watch for a Magebane Armor.

 

Overall a great reprint to have back in the core set.

 

Constructed: 2

Casual: 4

Multiplayer: 4

Limited: 4

 

Later

Miguel

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno Today's card of the day is the return of Earthquake, last seen in seventh edition. Earthquake is a very powerful card that can handle just about any swarm of creatures that isn't in the air, such as the Fae, and also potentially deal enough damage to end the game outright.

In Constructed and Casual this is an extremely powerful if double-edged sword. While it can clear the opponent's field it may destroy your creatures as well and can be problematic when your own life points are low. Even with that some creatures can be played around this ability and when timed well this can immediately or effectively end the game.

For Limited this is a bomb draw and should be included in just about any sealed pool, even if Red is just a splash. In Booster you simply can't pass this card no matter what color or colors you are drafting. This is a top pick as mass removal and direct damage with a flexible cost that can be tailored to whatever mana is available or situation that presents itself.

With Multiplayer the power only increases as it can empty the entire table of opposition and deal direct damage to all opponents. It will not make you any friends, but there may not be any enemies left after it resolves to seek retribution.

Constructed: 4.0
Casual: 4.0
Limited: 4.5
Multiplayer: 4.5
 

Paul Magic The Gathering COTD: Earthquake

Welcome back readers today’s card of the day is one of the more efficient mass sweeper cards in red that has seen play throughout the history of Magic. For one red and x you can deal x damage to each creature without flying and each player. For red the plethora of burn cards could allow this card to be the final nail in the coffin of any players you wish. With a minimal investment it can sweep the board of weenies and other troublesome creatures careful with the life loss on your end. In standard it may prove to be a decent sweeper post rotation and allow red players a sense of versatility. In extended and legacy it may see moderate play but there are tons of other cards to fill this niche. In casual and multiplayer it’s a godsend to kill multiple players and keep the board clear. In limited its removal so its defiantly a good thing. Overall a powerful and classic card for red mages.

Constructed: 3.5
Casual: 4.0
Limited: 4.0
Multiplayer: 4.0
 

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