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Ratchet Bomb
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Ratchet Bomb
Scars of Mirrodin

Reviewed October 19, 2010

Constructed: 4.17
Casual: 4.38
Limited: 4.17
Multiplayer: 4.38

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BMoor

Ratchet Bomb

For only two mana, this bomb can pick and choose its targets. Drop it cold and take out opposing armies of creature tokens, or ratchet it up to match your opponent's biggest threat, or just find a number your opponent controls more of than you do and cash in on the card advantage. Even better, this card gives you a colorless answer to any nonland permanent. You can use it to blow up planeswalkers, enchantments, and other artifacts as well as creatures. Very handy if your opponent drops a Jace the Mindsculptor and you have no other way to deal with it.

Constructed- 4
Casual- 4.5
Limited- 4
Multiplayer- 4.5

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Ratchet Bomb
 
Don't be fooled, here: it may take a long time to get Ratchet Bomb going, but its versatility is game-changing. Not only can it take out planeswalkers given a chance, an opponent who tries to hold back and play around it just gives you more time to grab the reins. It even synergizes with metalcraft and Open the Vaults. As if you needed any other reason to play what is basically a green Day of Judgment.
 
Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 4/5
Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Ratchet Bomb which at two mana is an impressive source of removal that can destroy one or more permanents with specific converted mana costs.  The turn it comes into play it can destroy all tokens which alone makes it an excellent sidedeck card against a variety of threats, but within the first few turns after coming into play it can usually reach the correct number to do the most damage to an opponent's field.  The power and flexibility at such a low cost make this extremely useful despite the risk to your own cards and effects can support both the untapping of the Bomb or temporary removal of your permanents for added value.  Expect to see this card becoming a major presence throughout many formats for the foreseeable future.
 
In Limited this is a top pick that can quickly handle any smaller threat, but will take quite a while to build up enough counters to stop a larger threat even with Proliferate.  Destroying counters, the very common two mana permanents, or any number of other uses gives Ratchet Bomb very high marks and a slot in any deck for Sealed as well.
 
Constructed: 4.5
Casual: 4.5
Limited: 4.5
Multiplayer: 4.5


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