Shrap Blast in AER
Posted on March 13, 2017, 3:28 p.m. by shinobigarth
Anyone else find it odd that Shrapnel Blast was overlooked for Aether Revolt when it goes perfect with the revolt mechanic? I doubt I'm the first person to bring it up but I found very little discussion about it in a cursory google search.
(Was also low key hoping it would be printed at common but that's too much of a pipe dream)
Mechanically, Shrapnel Blast works very well with Revolt. However, the designers might have felt that it did not work thematically with Revolt. Outside of Deadeye Harpooner, Fatal Push, and Vengeful Rebel, all the Revolt cards 'create' something (life, +1/+1 counters, card advantage, etc.), so it may have struck them as incongruous to put Blast in the set.
March 13, 2017 5:59 p.m.
In addition to the above, it's my opinion that they believed that blast would have been too effective at what it does being instant speed and 5 damage that can be directed wherever you please. Might have made quite the oppressive combo with scrapheap 3/2
March 13, 2017 6:20 p.m.
Yeah that's all I can come up with is it would probably be too good, but they could've at least made a new sorcery version, or make it cost 3 CMC instead.
Just seemed like some sort of Blast like effect would've been a shoe in but oh well.