Scorched Earth

Scorched Earth


As an additional cost to play Scorched Earth, discard X land cards.

Destroy X target lands.

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Set Rarity
Tempest (TMP) Rare

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Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

Scorched Earth Discussion

DreadKhan on Goblins assemble!

4 months ago

In my mono-red deck, I also find I need more cards, so atm I have 4 Browbeat in it, and I have 4 Risk Factor I will likely be adding, though I may remove some or all Browbeats. These work in a fast/burn based deck, as either outcome is bad for them. You getting 3 cards means that even very early, you can hit them hard next turn, and later, you can likely play some of the 3 cards that turn (IE when you have 5 or 6 mana). The damage can be seen as a cost effective Lava Axe , since your win condition is summed up with 'Win Really Fast', it also has synergy. They will usually take the damage early, and let you draw later.

That said, if you are going to run Curiosity, Goblin Fireslinger becomes much more useful. Also of interest if you run such a build is Sigil of Sleep which adds another insult to the injury.

Raze x3 isn't very much land destruction, but since you get to target the land, you have to ask yourself if in your meta people run specific lands, or create in game via enchantment, lands that you would very much like to destroy. You also need to consider how many lands you need out to 'do your thing'. Do you need 5 mana to win? Maybe Raze isn't a perfect fit then, unless you've got some ramp. But you've got a glut of 1 mana spells, so if anything, you are much better off in this trade than your opponent. If people run decks that have lands that are worth targeting, then Raze is competitive. A Scorched Earth or two adds some bulk to your land destruction, and you really have a low average mana cost, so you might be able to pull this card off without much change.

Well, I wasn't meaning for you to use Siege-Gang unless you were using Lackey, as a way to cheat him out.

DreadKhan on Goblins assemble!

4 months ago


I could be wrong, but I suspect Volcanic Island is well out of the price target for this deck, or it'd already be in their I would think? I agree Lightning Bolt should be kept for sure.

As to Goblin Guide, it is a combo, but it's not a perfect one, as it's dependent on your opponent's deck. I think if he's very serious about that combo, he should consider some land destruction, which keeps a fat hand, but it's meant to be a blow among many, and one that can start hitting very hard very early if you draw so-so and decided not to mulligan, hoping to topdeck a decent card.

TBH, Black Vice works well when the opponent can't play well, so it could be classified as 'win more', meaning it won't help you at all if you're losing usually, only when you're already winning, but it can still turn games to his favor he wouldn't have won otherwise. I think if he's playing casual, this is totally fine, but if he wanted to take this to a tourny, he should consider a change.

Note, red has some very nasty land destruction, if you think you might want to include some, ranging from Raze to Scorched Earth , which can keep their hand very full, and since the guide and vice are cheap, and you can build a very low mana cost red deck pretty easily, this can work quite well too, for a less casual build.

DreadKhan on Land Destruction

5 months ago

I wonder if you might consider a Kudzu or 2. They can backfire a bit, but with 4 black vises, I would think it wouldn't matter if you lose a land or 2, as long as they lose 2 or 3, more so as you have some mana dorks to help make land loss less painful.

Raze might also be interesting as you've got both dorks and lots of other land destruction. Scorched Earth might even work for you, but that'd be a 1 of I'd think.

clayperce on Most American Cards

7 months ago

Not sure if you're going for a cynical or an aspirational approach.

If the former: Border Guard , Soldier of the Pantheon , Unquestioned Authority , Tragic Arrogance , Gauntlet of Power , Warmonger's Chariot , Eternal Dominion , Scorched Earth , and Disdainful Stroke . And maybe some of the 'each player votes' cards like Coercive Portal and Ballot Broker .

If the later, I'll have to ponder some more ... Avacyn, Angel of Hope is the only one that comes immediately to mind.

Jackspicer2 on RG Land Destruction

1 year ago


Thanks for the suggestions, I like the combo. If I get my hands on some Scorched Earth, I can fit some in. Life from the Loam is just out of budget for this deck.

BigFriendlyNinja on RG Land Destruction

1 year ago

Scorched Earth

this might be a nice card to throw in. also maybe Life from the Loam to get lands back into your hand.

pizzagod13 on Fire from Olympus: Purphoros - EDH

2 years ago

0/10 on flavor doesn't play Scorched Earth

With that out of the way the deck looks nice

elephantambush on Extinction Level Event

2 years ago

On the chopping block:

Bitterblossom (too slow)Scorched Earth (dead draw early game)Rix Maadi, Dungeon Palace (CMC too expensive)Temple of Malice (too many ETB tapped lands)

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