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Bonfire of the Damned
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 Top 10 Cards of 2012

#4 - Bonfire of the Damned

- Avacyn Restored

Reviewed December 28, 2012

Constructed: 4.17
Casual: 3.83
Limited: 4.65
Multiplayer: 3.87

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Bonfire of the Damned

Like Entreat the Angels last week, this card encourages you to tap out as soon as you draw your card for the turn, which is usually bad technique. But while that card puts an army of tokens on the board and then dares the opponent to find an answer, this card IS what you do about it. It wipes out small creatures and puts damage on larger ones, making your opponent think twice about using them to block. But they may have to block, considering the Bonfire hit them too. If Entreat the Angels' main flaw was giving the opponent a turn to find an answer, then Bonfire is the superior card because it can't be "answered" except by counterspell. Entreat promises a massive attack the next turn, Bonfire is a massive attack this turn, that clears the opponent's side of the board for your SECOND massive attack with whatever creatures you have when you play it. Its non-Miracle cost is also a bit more reasonable compared to its Miracle cost than Entreat's.

Constructed- 4.5
Casual- 4.5
Limited- 4.95
Multiplayer- 3.5

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Bonfire of the Damned
 
Fun fact: the first spell to use the X symbol twice in its cost was Recall, from all the way back in Legends. Now, as then, it's generally used by designers as a way to balance out a very powerful effect, as should be apparent from reading today's card. The scary thing about Bonfire of the Damned is that it's not "just" a Fireball variant - it's capable of functionally ending a game in more than one way. An early "discounted" casting can buy time or prevent an opponent from buying time more efficiently than almost any other recent spell, and holding one until late can smash straight through otherwise oppressive cards like Kor Firwalker and Sphere of Law.
 
Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 4/5
Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

The number four card of the year is Bonfire of the Damned which is a one Red and two X or one Red with one X through Miracle that deals X damage to target player and each creature they control.  Even at three mana this is potentially useful against a weak swarm and five mana should be enough to clear the opposing board when used with Miracle.  Overall this is a one-sided source of flexible mass damage for Red that will definitely be seeing play at least in sidedecks and likely maindecked in current burn builds.
 
For Limited this is a removal bomb that is an easy first pick in Booster and with only a single Red to worry about becomes an easy splash choice in Sealed.  There's no real drawback to running this in the format and the typical excess of mana and creature based games should often make this a finisher when it is drawn and played in late stages of the game.
 
Even if Red is not your color of choice or it is the last pack it should not be ignored or passed as it will clear the board or burn for the win whether it is you playing it or the person that gets it passed over to them.
 
Constructed: 4.0
Casual: 4.0
Limited: 5.0
Multiplayer: 4.0

John
Shultis
Phoenix
Gaming
Had this at #1 on his list

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