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CardShark Content - Bedford Crenshaw (11/4/2004)

When Magic was in its early years, Land Destruction (LD) decks were a common occurrence. However, WotC has done its best to keep LD at a low level. They say that LD cuts down on the fun of Magic, while simultaneous printing outrages like Mindslaver
Mindslaver
MindslaverSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
6
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Legendary Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
206
Artist:
Glen Angus
Text:
4, T, Sacrifice Mindslaver: You control target player's next turn. (You see all cards that player could see and make all decisions for the player. He or she doesn't lose life because of mana burn.)
. In an attempt to review the history of Stone Rain
Stone Rain
Stone RainSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Daniel Gelon
Text:
Destroy target land.
and its kindred, I have listed every card that says “Destroy target land” and rate them on a scale of 1-5 stars. As there are 42 cards that say this, this article will cover only those that are mono-red; those that use other colors will be covered in a future article (Land Destruction 102: Stone Rain
Stone Rain
Stone RainSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Daniel Gelon
Text:
Destroy target land.
, meet your cousins).



Avalanche
Avalanche
AvalancheSet: Ice Age
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Brian Snoddy
Text:
Destroy X target snow-covered lands.
IFJpZGVycw== - 3R
Creature — Nomad
Haste, Echo
When Avalanche
Avalanche
AvalancheSet: Ice Age
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Brian Snoddy
Text:
Destroy X target snow-covered lands.
IFJpZGVycw== comes into play, destroy target land.
2/2

Rating - *****: This card was an Invitational winner, and was undoubtedly the best Invitational card ever. For an additional 1 mana above Stone Rain
Stone Rain
Stone RainSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Daniel Gelon
Text:
Destroy target land.
, not only did you get to destroy a land, but you also had an untargeted 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.
/chump blocker. Mixed with Living Death
Living Death
Living DeathSet: Tempest
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Charles Gillespie
Text:
Set aside all creature cards in all graveyards. Then, put each creature that is in play into its owner's graveyard. Then, put each creature card set aside in this way into play under its owner's control.
and Wildfire
Wildfire
WildfireSet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
6
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
You destroy four of your lands and your opponent destroys four of his or her lands. Then Wildfire deals 4 damage to each creature. (This includes your creatures.)
, and it was a killer card.



Devastate
Devastate
DevastateSet: Prophecy
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
87
Artist:
Greg Staples
Text:
Destroy target land. Devastate deals 1 damage to each creature and each player.
– 3RR
Sorcery
Destroy target land. Devastate
Devastate
DevastateSet: Prophecy
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
87
Artist:
Greg Staples
Text:
Destroy target land. Devastate deals 1 damage to each creature and each player.
deals 1 damage to each creature and each player.

Rating - **: This Prophecy
Prophecy
ProphecySet: Homelands
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Text:
Reveal the top card of target opponent's library to all players. If it is a land, gain 1 life. That opponent then shuffles his or her library. Draw a card at the beginning of the next turn's upkeep.
common is bad, but could be worse. You get a Stone Rain
Stone Rain
Stone RainSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Daniel Gelon
Text:
Destroy target land.
and an 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.
on one card for the same price as if you played both cards on the same turn. But 5cc is slow, and by the time you get to 5 mana, you are probably worried about bigger creatures than X/1s.



Dwarven Driller
Dwarven Driller
Dwarven DrillerSet: Judgment
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Dwarf
Rarity:
U
Number:
85
Artist:
Edward P. Beard, Jr.

Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
T: Destroy target land unless its controller deals two damage to him or her.
- 3R
Creature — Dwarf
T: Destroy target land unless its controller has Dwarven Driller
Dwarven Driller
Dwarven DrillerSet: Judgment
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Dwarf
Rarity:
U
Number:
85
Artist:
Edward P. Beard, Jr.

Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
T: Destroy target land unless its controller deals two damage to him or her.
deal 2 damage to him or her.
2/2

Rating - ***: I always thought that the Punisher cards were underused. That said, the Driller is an average card. Your opponent will never choose what’s best for you. The card needs a cross between Sligh and LD to be effective: Sligh to whittle down his life, and LD to keep him from having the lands to spare. Its possible that, had it been printed in a different time, it would be good.



Dwarven Landslide
Dwarven Landslide
Dwarven LandslideSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
60
Artist:
Tony Szczudlo
Text:
Kicker 2R, Sacrifice a land. (You may pay 2R and sacrifice a land in addition to any other costs as you play this spell.) Destroy target land. If you paid the kicker cost, destroy another target land.
- 3R
Sorcery
Kicker—2R, Sacrifice
Sacrifice
SacrificeSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Text:
Sacrifice one of your creatures to add to your mana pool a number of black mana equal to that creature's casting cost.
a land.
Destroy target land. If the kicker cost was paid, destroy another target land.

Rating - *: The kicker was too expensive to ever use, so you were left with an overpriced Stone Rain
Stone Rain
Stone RainSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Daniel Gelon
Text:
Destroy target land.
.



Earth Rift
Earth Rift
Earth RiftSet: Odyssey
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
189
Artist:
Wayne England
Text:
Destroy target land. Flashback 5RR (You may play this card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then remove it from the game.)
- 3R
Sorcery
Destroy target land.
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.
back 5RR

Rating - *: Once again, if you have 7 mana, you should be winning already. Thus, another overpriced Stone Rain
Stone Rain
Stone RainSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Daniel Gelon
Text:
Destroy target land.
.



Fire Snake
Fire Snake
Fire SnakeSet: Portal
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Creature
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Steve Luke
Power:
3
Toughness:
1
Text:
If Fire Snake is put into your discard pile from play, destroy any one land.
- 4R
Creature — Snake
When Fire Snake
Fire Snake
Fire SnakeSet: Portal
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Creature
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Steve Luke
Power:
3
Toughness:
1
Text:
If Fire Snake is put into your discard pile from play, destroy any one land.
is put into a graveyard from play, destroy target land.
3/1

Rating - *: This was a Portal card, so it never saw tourney play. It wouldn’t have anyways. At 5cc it would be slow and your opponent could choose when it was destroyed



Flowstone Flood
Flowstone Flood
Flowstone FloodSet: Exodus
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
83
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Text:
BuybackPay 3 life, Discard a card at random. (You may pay 3 life and discard a card at random in addition to any other costs when you play this spell. If you do, put Flowstone Flood into your hand instead of your graveyard as part of the spell's effect.) Destroy target land.
- 3R
Sorcery
Buyback—Pay 3 life, Discard a card at random
Destroy target land.

Rating - **: Rath Cycle was a bad time for any red card that was not for quick Beatdown. This is not that bad of a card, especially if you play with Madness. I might make a deck around this. Paying 3 life to destroy another land of your opponents sounds OK by me.



Goblin Gardener
Goblin Gardener
Goblin GardenerSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
C
Number:
84
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
When Goblin Gardener is put into a graveyard from play, destroy target land.
- 3R
Creature — Goblin
When Goblin Gardener
Goblin Gardener
Goblin GardenerSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
C
Number:
84
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
When Goblin Gardener is put into a graveyard from play, destroy target land.
is put into a graveyard from play, destroy target land.
2/1

Rating - **: This version of Fire Snake
Fire Snake
Fire SnakeSet: Portal
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Creature
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Steve Luke
Power:
3
Toughness:
1
Text:
If Fire Snake is put into your discard pile from play, destroy any one land.
was actually printed in a tourney-legal set. It has the same drawbacks at the Snake, but is helped by the fact that it costs less.



Goblin Settler
Goblin Settler
Goblin SettlerSet: Starter 1999
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
When Goblin Settler comes into play, destroy target land.
- 3R
Creature — Goblin
When Goblin Settler
Goblin Settler
Goblin SettlerSet: Starter 1999
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
When Goblin Settler comes into play, destroy target land.
comes into play, destroy target land.
1/1

Rating - *: Yep, R&D thought that the Gardener was so broken that they had to publish this version. Thankfully, it was in Starter 1999 and not a tourney-legal set.



Implode
Implode
ImplodeSet: Planeshift
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
62
Artist:
Arnie Swekel
Text:
To save Dominaria, nine planeswalkers sought the annihilation of Phyrexia itself.
- 4R
Sorcery
Destroy target land. Draw a card.

Rating - **: There is a reason that I often leave out the “f” when I talk about Planeshift. The extra card is not worth the two turn delay.



Keldon Arsonist
Keldon Arsonist
Keldon ArsonistSet: Prophecy
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Soldier
Rarity:
U
Number:
92
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
1, Sacrifice two lands: Destroy target land.
- 2R
Creature — Soldier
1, Sacrifice
Sacrifice
SacrificeSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Text:
Sacrifice one of your creatures to add to your mana pool a number of black mana equal to that creature's casting cost.
two lands: Destroy target land.
1/1

Rating - *: Creatures in LD decks tend to be ground pounders, not fragile weenies. On a bigger creature, the activation cost may not have been so bad. Of course, with Crucible of Worlds
Crucible of Worlds
Crucible of WorldsSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
114
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Text:
You may play lands from your graveyard as though they were in your hand.
, it might have been OK.



Lay Waste
Lay Waste
Lay WasteSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
201
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Text:
Destroy target land.Cycling 2 (You may pay 2 and discard this card from your hand to draw a card. Play this ability as an instant.)
- 3R
Sorcery
Destroy target land.
Cycling 2

Rating - **: If you have this in a deck, you plan to destroy lands, thus you will not cycle it and you have an overpriced Stone Rain
Stone Rain
Stone RainSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Daniel Gelon
Text:
Destroy target land.
.



Molten Rain
Molten Rain
Molten RainSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
101
Artist:
Hugh Jamieson
Text:
Destroy target land. If that land is nonbasic, Molten Rain deals 2 damage to the land's controller.
- 1RR
Sorcery
Destroy target land. If that land is nonbasic, Molten Rain
Molten Rain
Molten RainSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
101
Artist:
Hugh Jamieson
Text:
Destroy target land. If that land is nonbasic, Molten Rain deals 2 damage to the land's controller.
deals 2 damage to the land’s controller.

Rating - *****: I have grown to love this card. In mono-red decks it costs just the same at Stone Rain
Stone Rain
Stone RainSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Daniel Gelon
Text:
Destroy target land.
, and it has that added bonus against nonbasics that helps you win. Here’s hoping it gets reprinted in 9th Edition.



Ogre Arsonist
Ogre Arsonist
Ogre ArsonistSet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Ogre
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Jeffrey R. Busch
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
When Ogre Arsonist comes into play from your hand, destroy any one land. (If you're the only one with lands, destroy one of them.)
- 4R
Creature — Ogre
When Ogre Arsonist
Ogre Arsonist
Ogre ArsonistSet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Ogre
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Jeffrey R. Busch
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
When Ogre Arsonist comes into play from your hand, destroy any one land. (If you're the only one with lands, destroy one of them.)
comes into play, destroy target land.
3/3

Rating - ***: This was only published in Portal Second Age. I think it could have been useful in a tourney legal LD deck. Yes, it’s 5cc but it’s also a 3/3, which is a decent size for a ground pounder.



Rain of Rust
Rain of Rust
Rain of RustSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
76
Text:
Choose one - Destroy target artifact, or destroy target land. Entwine 3R
- 3RR
Instant
Choose one — Destroy target artifact; or destroy target land.
Entwine 3R

Rating – 0: That’s right, on a scale of 1-5 I gave this a 0. For 3RR we should destroy both an artifact AND a land. If you see anyone play it, please feel free to give him involuntary confinement.



Ravaging Horde
Ravaging Horde
Ravaging HordeSet: Portal Three Kingdoms
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Soldiers
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Liu Jianjian
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
When Ravaging Horde comes into play, destroy any one land.
- 3RR
Creature — Soldier
When Ravaging Horde
Ravaging Horde
Ravaging HordeSet: Portal Three Kingdoms
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Soldiers
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Liu Jianjian
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
When Ravaging Horde comes into play, destroy any one land.
comes into play, destroy target land.
3/3

Rating - ***: See Ogre Arsonist
Ogre Arsonist
Ogre ArsonistSet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Ogre
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Jeffrey R. Busch
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
When Ogre Arsonist comes into play from your hand, destroy any one land. (If you're the only one with lands, destroy one of them.)
, except this was in Portal Three Kingdoms.



Raze
Raze
RazeSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
207
Artist:
Mike Raabe
Text:
At the time you play Raze, sacrifice a land.Destroy target land.
- R
Sorcery
As an additional cost to play Raze
Raze
RazeSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
207
Artist:
Mike Raabe
Text:
At the time you play Raze, sacrifice a land.Destroy target land.
, sacrifice a land.
Destroy target land.

Rating - ****: This card has been seen in certain Sligh builds, as a back up to Wasteland
Wasteland
WastelandSet: Tempest
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Una Fricker
Text:
T: Add one colorless mana to your mana pool.tap, Sacrifice Wasteland: Destroy target nonbasic land.
. It’s cheap, and the cost is minimal.



Seismic Mage
Seismic Mage
Seismic MageSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spellshaper
Rarity:
R
Number:
211
Artist:
Pete Venters
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
2R, tap, Discard a card from your hand: Destroy target land.
- 3R
Creature — Spellshaper
2R, T, Discard a card: Destroy target land.
1/1

Rating - **: Too fragile.



Shaleskin Plower
Shaleskin Plower
Shaleskin PlowerSet: Legions
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
110
Power:
3
Toughness:
2
Text:
Morph 4R (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it face
up any time for its morph cost.)
When Shaleskin Plower is turned face up, destroy target land.
- 3R
Creature — Beast
Beast
BeastSet: Garruk vs. Liliana
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
1
Artist:
John Donahue
Power:
4
Toughness:
4

Morph 4R
When Shaleskin Plower
Shaleskin Plower
Shaleskin PlowerSet: Legions
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
110
Power:
3
Toughness:
2
Text:
Morph 4R (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it face
up any time for its morph cost.)
When Shaleskin Plower is turned face up, destroy target land.
is turned face up, destroy target land.
3/2

Rating - **: It takes a total of 7R to use it as land kill. It’s slow, and not that great.



Stone Rain
Stone Rain
Stone RainSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Daniel Gelon
Text:
Destroy target land.
- 2R
Sorcery
Destroy target land.

Rating - ****: This is Da Man of LD. Don’t leave home without it.



Wake of Destruction
Wake of Destruction
Wake of DestructionSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
6
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
99
Artist:
Todd Lockwood
Text:
Destroy target land and all lands with the same name as that land.
- 3RRR
Sorcery
Destroy target land and all other lands with the same name as that land.

Rating - **: Just too slow.


As you can see, WotC has done a decent job in limiting LD’s power. Still, its not entirely bad. When 9th Edition comes out, and Llanowar Elves
Llanowar Elves
Llanowar ElvesSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elves
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Anson Maddocks
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Add G to your mana pool. This ability is played as an interrupt.
returns, LD can once again become a force to deal with. Or so we can hope.


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