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Crimson M10 - Beatdown Bedford Crenshaw (7/14/2009)

Yep, I’m back. The past couple of years I have either had no money or no time for Magic, but I’m ready for a comeback. So is many of the cards in Magic 2010, or M10 for short. Here is a brief overview of the cards to look forward to in the set, with my personal old-school sage advice.

Act of Treason
Act of Treason
Act of TreasonSet: Magic 2010
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
124
Artist:
Eric Deschamps
Text:
Gain control of target creature until end of turn. Untap that creature. It gains haste until end of turn. (It can attack and {T} this turn.)

Grade: B
I don’t see what was wrong with Threaten
Threaten
ThreatenSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
241
Artist:
Mark Brill
Text:
Untap target creature and gain control of it until end of turn. That creature gains haste until end of turn.
, which is what this card previously was. I’ve always liked Threaten
Threaten
ThreatenSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
241
Artist:
Mark Brill
Text:
Untap target creature and gain control of it until end of turn. That creature gains haste until end of turn.
as a neat trick to snatch victory from defeat, so I’d find uses for this card.

Ball Lightning
Ball Lightning
Ball LightningSet: Fourth Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Ball Lightning
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Quinton Hoover
Power:
6
Toughness:
1
Text:
Trample Ball Lightning can attack the turn it comes into play. At the end of any turn, bury Ball Lightning.

Grade A+
YES!!! One of my favorite cards of all time, surely if I compiled a list this would be somewhere in the Top 10. Groundbreaker
Groundbreaker
GroundbreakerSet: Planar Chaos
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elemental
Rarity:
r
Number:
148
Artist:
Matt Cavotta
Power:
6
Toughness:
1
Text:
Trample, haste At end of turn, sacrifice Groundbreaker.
didn’t make raves, but mono-green didn’t have the back up that mono-red has, which allows Ball Lightning
Ball Lightning
Ball LightningSet: Fourth Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Ball Lightning
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Quinton Hoover
Power:
6
Toughness:
1
Text:
Trample Ball Lightning can attack the turn it comes into play. At the end of any turn, bury Ball Lightning.
to be useful.

Berserkers of Blood Ridge
Berserkers of Blood Ridge
Berserkers of Blood RidgeSet: Magic 2010
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Berserker
Rarity:
C
Number:
126
Artist:
Karl Kopinski
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Berserkers of Blood Ridge attacks each turn if able.

Grade:C-
It’s filler for Limited, hurt by the fact that it must always attack if able, which is fine for weenies or for critters with evasion, but this is neither.

Bogardan Hellkite
Bogardan Hellkite
Bogardan HellkiteSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
8
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Dragon
Rarity:
R
Number:
147
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
Flash (You may play this spell any time you could play an instant.) Flying When Bogardan Hellkite comes into play, it deals 5 damage divided as you choose among any number of target creatures and/or players.

Grade: B-
Dragons are cool, this but has to be played in decks with rapid mana acceleration to be useful, which is not the decks I tend to play. Still, it fills a niche many people crave.

Burning Inquiry
Burning Inquiry
Burning InquirySet: Magic 2010
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
128
Artist:
Zoltan Boros & Gabor Szikszai
Text:
Each player draws three cards, then discards three cards at random.

Grade: C-
The card has to be built around, but unless you have reanimation tricks I don’t think it would be worth it. Red has had far too many cards that could have been good if Wizards R&D hadn’t added the word RANDOM to it.

Burst of Speed
Burst of Speed
Burst of SpeedSet: Magic 2010
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
129
Artist:
Zoltan Boros & Gabor Szikszai
Text:
Creatures you control gain haste until end of turn. (They can attack and {T} even if they just came under your control.)

Grade: C-
If you need haste, either have it already on a critter, or on a permanent that can keep giving it, cars like this have always been dreck.

Canyon Minotaur
Canyon Minotaur
Canyon MinotaurSet: Conflux
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Minotaur Warrior
Rarity:
C
Number:
60
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Set/Rarity: C

Grade: C
Hill Giant
Hill Giant
Hill GiantSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Giant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
got changed into a Minotaur. If you need more Minotaurs in your life, then “bully” for you,

Capricious Efreet
Capricious Efreet
Capricious EfreetSet: Magic 2010
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Efreet
Rarity:
R
Number:
131
Artist:
Justin Sweet
Power:
6
Toughness:
4
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, choose target nonland permanent you control and up to two target nonland permanents you don't control. Destroy one of them at random.

Grade: C+
I’d prefer a Competent over a Capricious any day of the week. Helps break stalls in Limited, as you risk your worst nonland permanent to destroy one of their two best ones. Too slow and unreliable for constructed.

Chandra Nalaar
Chandra Nalaar
Chandra NalaarSet: Lorwyn
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Planeswalker
Sub Type:
Chandra
Rarity:
R
Number:
159
Artist:
Aleksi Briclot
Text:
+1: Chandra Nalaar deals 1 damage to target player. -X: Chandra Nalaar deals X damage to target creature. -8: Chandra Nalaar deals 10 damage to target player and each creature he or she controls.

Grade: B-
I want to love her, but unlike the other planeswalkers she tends to be a one-trick pony, err…, filly. Also rather slow for red. Is it too late to get a Jaya Ballard as a planeswalker instead of a Legend?

Dragon Whelp
Dragon Whelp
Dragon WhelpSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Dragon
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Amy Weber
Power:
2
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying R: +1/+0; if more than RRR is spent in this way during one turn, Dragon Whelp is killed at end of turn.

Grade: C+
I love my baby Dragon Whelp
Dragon Whelp
Dragon WhelpSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Dragon
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Amy Weber
Power:
2
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying R: +1/+0; if more than RRR is spent in this way during one turn, Dragon Whelp is killed at end of turn.
s, although the original artwork was so much cuter, and actually had flavor text. Too many better creatures have come around, but I’ll always be nostalgic for them. I wonder where my Dragon Whelp
Dragon Whelp
Dragon WhelpSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Dragon
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Amy Weber
Power:
2
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying R: +1/+0; if more than RRR is spent in this way during one turn, Dragon Whelp is killed at end of turn.
miniature is. (Yep, way back in 4th Edition they made M:TG miniatures similar to ones for D&D).

Earthquake
Earthquake
EarthquakeSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Text:
Does X damage to each player and each non-flying creature in play.

Grade B+
Team it up with Typhoon
Typhoon
TyphoonSet: Legends
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Anson Maddocks
Text:
Typhoon does 1 damage to each opponent for each island he or she controls.
and you’d have a real tag team of Natural Disasters. (Wow, did I just become the Dennis Miller of Magic or what just now?). Earthquake
Earthquake
EarthquakeSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Text:
Does X damage to each player and each non-flying creature in play.
has always been a perennial favorite for clearing the board.

Fiery Hellhound
Fiery Hellhound
Fiery HellhoundSet: Magic 2010
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elemental Hound
Rarity:
C
Number:
135
Artist:
Ted Galaday
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
{R}: Fiery Hellhound gets +1/+0 until end of turn.

Grade: C
A Grey Ogre with firebreathing is always a decent choice for Limited filler, but not for Constructed.

Fireball
Fireball
FireballSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
Fireball does X damage total, divided evenly (round down) among any number of targets. Pay 1 extra mana for each target beyond the first.

Grade: B
FINALLY, they got rid of that stupid Blaze
Blaze
BlazeSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
168
Artist:
Gerry Grace
Text:
Blaze deals X damage to target creature or player.
. It’s the archetypal X damage spell, and its nice to see it back.

Firebreathing
Firebreathing
FirebreathingSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Text:
R: +1/+0

Grade: C-
It’s filler for Limited, and will never be any more as most Auras suck. Maro
Maro
MaroSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elemental
Rarity:
R
Number:
241
Artist:
Stuart Griffin
Power:
*
Toughness:
*
Text:
Maro's power and toughness are each equal to the number of cards in your hand.
, just go ahead and make this an equipment card, s’il vous plait? If this was one of the few cards that had been in every basic set to date, it would have been one of those cut this time, so why have it in the set?

Goblin Artillery
Goblin Artillery
Goblin ArtillerySet: Magic 2010
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin Warrior
Rarity:
U
Number:
138
Artist:
Alex Horley-Orlandelli
Power:
1
Toughness:
3
Text:
{T}: Goblin Artillery deals 2 damage to target creature or player and 3 damage to you.

Grade: C
If it looks familiar, it is because it’s a renamed Orcish Artillery
Orcish Artillery
Orcish ArtillerySet: Revised Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Orcs
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Anson Maddocks
Power:
1
Toughness:
3
Text:
T: Orcish Artillery does 2 damage to any target, but it also does 3 damage to you.
. Better creature type, and Artillery of the Orcish tribe was in the first Sligh decks, but I don’t see that legacy returned.

Goblin Chieftain
Goblin Chieftain
Goblin ChieftainSet: Magic 2010
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
R
Number:
139
Artist:
Sam Wood
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Haste (This creature can attack and {T} as soon as it comes under your control.)Other Goblin creatures you control get +1/+1 and have haste.

Grade: B-
It probably is better than the King, which it replaced, but I don’t think I’ll find a place for it in my decks. I long for Goblin Warchief
Goblin Warchief
Goblin WarchiefSet: Scourge
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
U
Number:
97
Artist:
Tim Hildebrandt
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Goblin spells you play cost 1 less to play.
Goblins you control have haste.
.

Goblin Piker
Goblin Piker
Goblin PikerSet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
C
Artist:
DiTerlizzi
Power:
2
Toughness:
1

Grade: C
It’s a piker alright, and I mean that in the figurative sense. Too bad the pike isn’t of the fish variety, at least then it would be an amusing card.

Ignite Disorder
Ignite Disorder
Ignite DisorderSet: Conflux
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
66
Text:
Ignite Disorder deals 3 damage divided as you choose among any number of target white and/or blue creatures.

Grade: C+
By its nature it is limited to the sideboard, and there are better sideboard options, although it might be a help if White Weenie really becomes popular.

Inferno Elemental
Inferno Elemental
Inferno ElementalSet: Magic 2010
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elemental
Rarity:
U
Number:
142
Artist:
Zoltan Boros & Gabor Szikszai
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Whenever Inferno Elemental blocks or becomes blocked by a creature, Inferno Elemental deals 3 damage to that creature.

Grade: C+
Rather slow for my tastes, but equipped with an lure effect and it would quite amusing for you. Not for your opponent, of course, but for you it would be Jeff Foxworthy.

Jackal Familiar
Jackal Familiar
Jackal FamiliarSet: Magic 2010
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Hound
Rarity:
C
Number:
143
Artist:
Alex Horley-Orlandelli
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Jackal Familiar can't attack or block alone.

Grade: C-
Far too unreliable, as without haste it won’t be able to attack until the third turn, and that’s if your opponent doesn’t kill its friends. I knew Jackal Pup
Jackal Pup
Jackal PupSet: Tempest
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Hound
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Susan Van Camp
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
For each 1 damage dealt to Jackal Pup, it deals 1 damage to you.
, Jackal Pup
Jackal Pup
Jackal PupSet: Tempest
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Hound
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Susan Van Camp
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
For each 1 damage dealt to Jackal Pup, it deals 1 damage to you.
was a dear friend of mine, and this is no Jackal Pup
Jackal Pup
Jackal PupSet: Tempest
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Hound
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Susan Van Camp
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
For each 1 damage dealt to Jackal Pup, it deals 1 damage to you.
.

Kindle
Kindle
KindleSet: Tempest
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Donato Giancola
Text:
Kindle deals to target creature or player an amount of damage equal to 2 plus the number of Kindle cards in all graveyards.
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Grade: C
You know, when they created this in Morningtide
Morningtide
MorningtideSet: Torment
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
10
Artist:
Tony Szczudlo
Text:
Remove all cards in all graveyards from the game.
, if they had based it around the Kindle
Kindle
KindleSet: Tempest
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Donato Giancola
Text:
Kindle deals to target creature or player an amount of damage equal to 2 plus the number of Kindle cards in all graveyards.
card, it may not be as bad as it is. As it is, it’s only a mediocre Limited combat trick.

Lava Axe
Lava Axe
Lava AxeSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
84
Artist:
Brian Snoddy
Text:
Lava Axe deals 5 damage to target player.

Grade: C-
Outside of Booster Draft, it still sucks.

Lightning Bolt
Lightning Bolt
Lightning BoltSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Text:
Lightning Bolt does 3 damage to one target.

Grade: A+++++++++++++++++++
Me so happy. Talk about one of my favorite cards of all time. The flavor text is correct, I never thought I’d see it back. Many years ago a friend who was a premier tourney organizer (and should still be if there was any justice in this world) dismissed the idea that WotC should ever take chances, while I favored it. We were talking about brand new cards, but for most players today it might as well be a new card. If you play red, you play this card. Then again, if you saw all the pluses I added to the grade, you might have already had an inkling that I love this card.

Lightning Elemental
Lightning Elemental
Lightning ElementalSet: Tempest
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elemental
Rarity:
C
Artist:
D. Alexander Gregory
Power:
4
Toughness:
1
Text:
Lightning Elemental is unaffected by summoning sickness.

Grade: D+
Excuse me, I said Lava Axe
Lava Axe
Lava AxeSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
84
Artist:
Brian Snoddy
Text:
Lava Axe deals 5 damage to target player.
still sucks? At least the Axe has some uses, but this card has always been too fragile. If it lasts more than two turns of attack your opponent might as well forfeit the game already. If Ball Lightning
Ball Lightning
Ball LightningSet: Fourth Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Ball Lightning
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Quinton Hoover
Power:
6
Toughness:
1
Text:
Trample Ball Lightning can attack the turn it comes into play. At the end of any turn, bury Ball Lightning.
is Hulk Hogan, then this card is Horace Hogan. Who? ‘Nuff said. (Wow, my second obscure wrestling reference in this review.)

Magma Phoenix
Magma Phoenix
Magma PhoenixSet: Magic 2010
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Phoenix
Rarity:
R
Number:
148
Artist:
Raymond Swanland
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
FlyingWhen Magma Phoenix is put into a graveyard from the battlefield, it deals 3 damage to each creature and each player.{3}{R}{R}: Return Magma Phoenix from your graveyard to your hand.

Grade: B-
Wow, this card owns Shard Phoenix
Shard Phoenix
Shard PhoenixSet: Stronghold
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Phoenix
Rarity:
R
Number:
97
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying RRR: Put Shard Phoenix into your hand. Use this ability only if Shard Phoenix is in your graveyard and only during your upkeep.Sacrifice Shard Phoenix: Shard Phoenix deals 2 damage to each creature without flying.
. A little slow for the red decks I favor, but it will see play. As it should. Now what I want to see is a Magma Flagstaff or Magma Tucson.

Manabarbs
Manabarbs
ManabarbsSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Text:
Whenever mana is drawn from a land, Manabarbs does 1 damage to the land's controller.

Grade: C+
Many people say this is a bad card. Personally, If you are playing an aggressive deck that stalls, this could be a rogue choice that wins you games by surprise value, as I don’t see any better alternative non-critter permanent to deal the last final damage to an opponent.

Panic Attack
Panic Attack
Panic AttackSet: Prophecy
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
98
Artist:
Mike Ploog
Text:
Up to three target creatures can't block this turn.

Grade: C-
These effects have never been good, and they still aren’t.

Prodigal Pyromancer
Prodigal Pyromancer
Prodigal PyromancerSet: Planar Chaos
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Wizard
Rarity:
c
Number:
118
Artist:
Jeremy Jarvis
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T Prodigal Pyromancer deals 1 damage to target creature or player.

Grade: C
Red has had so many better pingers in the past decade that I just can’t get behind this card outside of Limited.

Pyroclasm
Pyroclasm
PyroclasmSet: Ice Age
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Pat Morrissey
Text:
Pyroclasm deals 2 damage to each creature.

Grade: B
Earthquake
Earthquake
EarthquakeSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Text:
Does X damage to each player and each non-flying creature in play.
or Pyroclasm
Pyroclasm
PyroclasmSet: Ice Age
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Pat Morrissey
Text:
Pyroclasm deals 2 damage to each creature.
, that is your choice, as there is seldom room for both. Pyroclasm
Pyroclasm
PyroclasmSet: Ice Age
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Pat Morrissey
Text:
Pyroclasm deals 2 damage to each creature.
is cheaper in the short term, which will probably have it win out over Earthquake
Earthquake
EarthquakeSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Text:
Does X damage to each player and each non-flying creature in play.
.

Raging Goblin
Raging Goblin
Raging GoblinSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
C
Number:
200
Artist:
Jeff Miracola
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Haste (This creature may attack and tap the turn it comes under your control.)

Grade: C+
This card from Exodus appears to be almost permanently in the base set. No frills, but in any other color it would never be played.

Seismic Strike
Seismic Strike
Seismic StrikeSet: Magic 2010
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
154
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Text:
Seismic Strike deals damage to target creature equal to the number of Mountains you control.

Grade: C+
Red has always had trouble with large critters, and this is a handy way to deal with them, but I fear the return of Lightning Bolt
Lightning Bolt
Lightning BoltSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Text:
Lightning Bolt does 3 damage to one target.
will keep this card from being used as that extra point of damage Lightning Bolt
Lightning Bolt
Lightning BoltSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Text:
Lightning Bolt does 3 damage to one target.
has over Shock
Shock
ShockSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
206
Artist:
Randy Gallegos
Text:
Shock deals 2 damage to target creature or player.
means that this card’s niche is no longer as important.

Shatter
Shatter
ShatterSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Amy Weber
Text:
Shatter destroys target artifact.

Grade: B-
They keep printing better alternatives than Shatter
Shatter
ShatterSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Amy Weber
Text:
Shatter destroys target artifact.
in expansions, but keep with Shatter
Shatter
ShatterSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Amy Weber
Text:
Shatter destroys target artifact.
in all except 10th Edition where Demolish
Demolish
DemolishSet: Odyssey
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
183
Artist:
Gary Ruddell
Text:
Destroy target artifact or land.
and Smash
Smash
SmashSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
69
Artist:
Pete Venters
Text:
Destroy target artifact. Draw a card.
proved worse.

Shivan Dragon
Shivan Dragon
Shivan DragonSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
6
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Dragon
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Melissa A. Benson
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
Flying, R: +1/+0

Grade: C+
You know him, you love him if not playing Constructed. What hasn’t been said before about Shiv
Shiv
ShivSet: Planechase
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Plane
Sub Type:
Dominaria
Rarity:
C
Number:
34
Artist:
rk post
Text:
All creatures have "{R}: This creature gets +1/+0 until end of turn." Whenever you roll {C}, put a 5/5 red Dragon creature token with flying onto the battlefield.
y?

Siege-Gang Commander
Grade: B+
I’m not as big on him as others are, but he is effective. Nice addition to the M10 field.

Sparkmage Apprentice
Sparkmage Apprentice
Sparkmage ApprenticeSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Wizard
Rarity:
C
Number:
144
Artist:
Mark Poole
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
When Sparkmage Apprentice comes into play, it deals 1 damage to target creature or player.

Grade: C
Mogg Fanatic
Mogg Fanatic
Mogg FanaticSet: Tempest
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Brom
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Sacrifice Mogg Fanatic: Mogg Fanatic deals 1 damage to target creature or player.
, you were gone too soon. Even with the new M10 rules (I’m still grasping the Sixth Edition changes), you would have been good. The Apprentice could have been good with Flash
Flash
FlashSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
67
Artist:
David Ho
Text:
Put a creature card from your hand into play. You may pay its mana cost reduced by up to 2. If you don't, sacrifice it.
, but it doesn’t and without combo tricks, the Apprentice just isn’t that good outside of Limited.

Stone Giant
Stone Giant
Stone GiantSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Giant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Dameon Willich
Power:
3
Toughness:
4
Text:
T: Make one of your own creatures a flying creature until end of turn. Target creature, which must have toughness less than Stone Giant's power at the time it gains flying ability, is killed at end of turn.

Grade: C+
Wow, where did they dig up the Stone Giant
Stone Giant
Stone GiantSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Giant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Dameon Willich
Power:
3
Toughness:
4
Text:
T: Make one of your own creatures a flying creature until end of turn. Target creature, which must have toughness less than Stone Giant's power at the time it gains flying ability, is killed at end of turn.
? Very sweet creature for draft, and if you have both this and Ball Lightning
Ball Lightning
Ball LightningSet: Fourth Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Ball Lightning
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Quinton Hoover
Power:
6
Toughness:
1
Text:
Trample Ball Lightning can attack the turn it comes into play. At the end of any turn, bury Ball Lightning.
, you have a sweet little combo as most critters that the Ball has to fear don’t have flying.

Trumpet Blast
Trumpet Blast
Trumpet BlastSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
98
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Text:
Attacking creatures get +2/+0 until end of turn.

Grade: C
This poor man’s Overrun
Overrun
OverrunSet: Tempest
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Jeff Miracola
Text:
All creatures you control get +3/+3 and gain trample until end of turn.
wasn’t used in Urza
Urza
UrzaSet: Vanguard
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Character
Rarity:
X
Number:
7
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Power:
-1
Toughness:
+10
Text:
3: Urza deals one damage to target creature or player.
’ Destiny, and won’t be now outside of Limited. Where’s a Walls of Jericho card when you need it?

Viashino Spearhunter
Viashino Spearhunter
Viashino SpearhunterSet: Magic 2010
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Viashino Warrior
Rarity:
C
Number:
161
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
First strike (This creature deals combat damage before creatures without first strike.)

Grade: C
And here I thought most Viashino were decent, not this dreck outside of Limited, where it is only filler.

Wall of Fire
Wall of Fire
Wall of FireSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wall
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Richard Thomas
Power:
0
Toughness:
5
Text:
R: +1/+0

Grade: C
I’d love to see a Red Wall that was tourney worthy, this ain’t it.

Warp World
Warp World
Warp WorldSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
8
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
150
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Text:
Each player shuffles all permanents he or she owns into his or her library, then reveals that many cards from the top of his or her library. Each player puts all artifact, creature, and land cards revealed this way into play, then puts all enchantment cards revealed this way into play, then puts all cards revealed this way that weren't put into play on the bottom of his or her library in any order.

Grade: C
An overly expensive, but cute card that Johnnies only will treasure, as before.

Yawning Fissure
Yawning Fissure
Yawning FissureSet: Magic 2010
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
164
Artist:
Véronique Meignaud
Text:
Each opponent sacrifices a land.

Grade: D
WotC REALLY needs to get over their fear of decent land destruction, they really do. At 2RR it would see some play, as it may be an expensive Stone Rain
Stone Rain
Stone RainSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Daniel Gelon
Text:
Destroy target land.
but at least it would have some casual power to it. “Yawning” is the right adjective for it.

BEST RED CRITTER: Ball Lightning
Ball Lightning
Ball LightningSet: Fourth Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Ball Lightning
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Quinton Hoover
Power:
6
Toughness:
1
Text:
Trample Ball Lightning can attack the turn it comes into play. At the end of any turn, bury Ball Lightning.

BEST RED COMMON: Lightning bolt
BEST RED UNCOMMON: Act of Treason
Act of Treason
Act of TreasonSet: Magic 2010
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
124
Artist:
Eric Deschamps
Text:
Gain control of target creature until end of turn. Untap that creature. It gains haste until end of turn. (It can attack and {T} this turn.)

BEST RED (MYTHIC) RARE: Ball Lightning
Ball Lightning
Ball LightningSet: Fourth Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Ball Lightning
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Quinton Hoover
Power:
6
Toughness:
1
Text:
Trample Ball Lightning can attack the turn it comes into play. At the end of any turn, bury Ball Lightning.

BEST ART: Inferno Elemental
Inferno Elemental
Inferno ElementalSet: Magic 2010
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elemental
Rarity:
U
Number:
142
Artist:
Zoltan Boros & Gabor Szikszai
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Whenever Inferno Elemental blocks or becomes blocked by a creature, Inferno Elemental deals 3 damage to that creature.

BEST OVERALL RED CARD: Lightning Bolt
Lightning Bolt
Lightning BoltSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Text:
Lightning Bolt does 3 damage to one target.


OVERALL: Red in M10 got some major superstars, but not much in the way of supporting cast. In a mono-red deck, the Balls and Bolts are 8 of your 60 cards automatically, but figuring out the rest will be tricky. Then again, that is what playtesting is for.


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