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Fires of Undeath
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Fires of Undeath
Dark Ascension

Reviewed March 7, 2012

Constructed: 1.80
Casual: 1.90
Limited: 4.10
Multiplayer: 1.50

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BMoor

Fires of Undeath

The art for this card was used in a lot of the promo material for Dark Ascension, and it took me forever to find the card it was on. I kept expecting it to be a creature. Honestly, I kind of wish it had been. Fires of Undeath is a decent removal spell for small creatures, and any card that can kill two creatures is worth consideration, but it's far under the curve for what we're used to paying for burn. Three mana for a two damage instant puts it in league with Staggershock, and with that, the second shot was free! Fires of Undeath's second shot costs SIX mana just for the privilege of getting it at all! I get why-- if you can dump this into the graveyard you can cast it without a single red mana source in your deck. And a mono-black deck might appreciate having this as a way to kill creatures with protection from black, just like mono-red decks like to use Dismember to get around protection from red. But the mono-black deck still needs to find a way to discard this card just so it can pay six mana to deal two damage. That six mana could've been spent on a Carnifex Demon that does much of the same thing and then swings for 6 flying.

Constructed- 1.5
Casual- 1.5
Limited- 2
Multiplayer- 2

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Fires of Undeath
 
Red probably has more powerful damage spells than Fires of Undeath, but it has very few that are also card advantage spells. While it won't be replacing anything in Legacy burn decks, it definitely has a role to play: there's almost no bad way to kill things in limited games, and Innistrad constructed's red-black vampire decks will always need a source of card advantage and/or a way to force direct damage past Mana Leak (plus the art's on-theme for them!).
 
Constructed: 2/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 2/5

Paul

Welcome back readers todays card of the day is Fires of Undeath an interesting burn spell with a high flashback cost. In standard much better burn spells are available for players to use making this a not very efficient choice although flashback helps in that regard. In extended and modern this card is simply outclassed by more efficient burn spells making it basically not a competitive card. In legacy and vintage card power has to be incredibly high to even stand a chance of seeing play this does not quite cut it being a poor card and all. In casual better burn spells are available making this extremely poor as you got so many better burn spells even in block, Geistflame, Brimstone Volley and even Bump in the Night is a little better than this being a black lava spike. In multiplayer burn spells are not the best strategy to be using and even flashback does not help this much. In limited it’s a totally playable card removal is king and reoccurring removal is even better making this a powerful pick. Overall a card best suited for limited and not the top tables nor the kitchen tables.

Constructed: 1.5
Casual: 1.0
Limited: 3.0
Multiplayer: 1.0

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Fires of Undeath which is a three mana Red instant that deals two damage and has a Flashback with Black mana cost of six. In anything Constructed this is a terrible card as Red has no shortage of more cost efficient burn and the Flashback is drastically overpriced.

For Limited almost any removal is playable and this is not an exception. The high cost Flashback is less of an issue in the format and Black/Red is a strong baseline for a deck, particular when using vampires. Multiple copies of this are welcome and should be drafted fairly aggressively in Booster, as early as the second or third pick.
Any presence in your Sealed pool should promote playing at least Red, if not both colors, and is even worth splashing if no other removal is available.

Constructed: 1.5
Casual: 1.5
Limited: 3.5
Multiplayer: 1.5

John
Shultis
Phoenix
Gaming

Welcome to another great card of the day review here at Pojo.com. Today we are taking a look at Fire of Undeath from Dark Ascension. Fires of Undeath is a common red instant that costs two generic and one red mana. Fires of Undeath deals two damage to target creature or player, and has a Flashback cost of five generic and one black mana.

Really not much to say about the Fires of Undeath. It is what it is at face value, nothing special. The two damage is ok for the three mana, although steep compared to Shock, reprinted in M12. The thing is the Flashback cost. You would either be desperate or able to kill your opponent for two damage to ever consider paying six mana for just two damage. The only way six mana is worth two damage would be if you had the Buring Vengeance and Secrets of the Dead in play, while using Altar of the Lost. This way you deal four damage and draw a card. Now perhaps that is worth six mana.

Limited: 3/5
Casual: 2/5
Constructed: 2/5
Multiplayer: 1/5


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