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Vandalblast
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Vandalblast
- Return to Ravnica

Reviewed October 9, 2012

Constructed: 3.13
Casual: 3.13
Limited: 3.13
Multiplayer: 3.67

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David Fanany

Player since 1995

Vandalblast
 
Now that I've figured out what overload actually says, it seems like a pretty useful ability, and Vandalblast is actually a pretty good example of it. Many spells are better in one of the early game or the late game, and anything that can be good in either is worth a second look. It's good against any Mirrodin-themed casual deck you may run across, and given the power of the mythic Swords in competitive play, I wouldn't be surprised if it gets a chance there too.
 
Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 2/5
Multiplayer: 3/5

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Vandal Blast which is a one or four mana Red with Overload that destroys a target or each artifact you don't control.  Aside from being a sorcery instead of an instant like several other choices, this is an excellent sidedeck card when facing artifact heavy or reliant on one.  Being able to use it early for one or late where clearing their field is possible for five is both flexible and safe, particularly for Red.  Overall this probably won't see much maindeck use outside of a Mirrodin-esque metagame, but as a current sidedeck and Multiplayer option it will be popular.
 
In Limited there aren't many artifacts in the first set, but having a way to destroy them is useful if they are present.  This is far from a first pick in Booster, but if one of your colors is Red it is well worth picking it up as a low end removal as most of the artifacts in set can attack or block.  In Sealed this should be played when running Red as it is likely at least one artifact will be in any deck you play against, even if it isn't a threat the one for one should benefit you as this costs one mana.  The Overload effect will rarely be needed, though having it is better than not in the few situations it may come up.
 
Constructed: 3.5
Casual: 3.5
Limited: 3.5
Multiplayer: 4.0

John
Shultis
Phoenix
Gaming

    Welcome to another great card of the day review here at Pojo.com. Today we are looking at Vandalblast from Return to Ravnica. Vandalblast is an uncommon red sorcery that costs one red mana. Vandalblast destroys target artifact you don’t control. Vandalblast has an Overload cost of four generic and one red mana. The Overload cost replaces the keyword target with each.

     Vandalblast is a really decent uncommon. Very cheap target specific artifact removal. And for the Overload cost, five mana is not that expensive to destroy each artifact you don’t control. The mana to be able to keep your own artifacts while wiping the board of your opponents could be invaluable. However, even at such a great mana cost, I rarely think this card is main deck potential. Although it could well be a strong sideboard card.
 
Limited: 4/5
Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 3/5
Multiplayer: 4/5


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