Planar Outburst is a new Magic: The Gathering card from Battle for Zendikar which wipes the battlefield clean of creatures. Let’s face it: Wrath of God will never be reprinted in a Standard legal set. Planar Outburst isn’t the first Wrath variant we’ve seen over the years, and it certainly won’t be the last. Planar Outburst does, however, have potential in the right deck. Let’s check it out:
Planar Outburst – 3WW
Destroy all nonland creatures.
Awaken 4 – 5WWW (If you cast this spell for 5WWW, also put four +1/+1 counters on target land you control and it becomes a 0/0 Elemental creature with haste. It’s still a land.)
Magic: The Gathering is slowing down. Creatures play an increasingly pivotal role in Standard decks, even for control players. Gone are the days of four costed mass sweepers like Day of Judgment unless you’re playing a multicolored deck for cards like Supreme Verdict. End Hostilities may be a more fair card for comparison to Planar Outburst since it has the same cost. Because Theros block is rotating, and with it pesky bestow creatures such as Boon Satyr and Herald of Torment are also leaving, Planar Outburst fills the void left by End Hostilities. Although Planar Outburst won’t destroy equipment cards (is anybody else happy Godsend is leaving?) there’s the potential for you to cast Planar Outburst for its Awaken cost and be the only person left with a creature. Unlike black’s Crux of Fate, Planar Outburst destroys all creatures, not just Dragon or non-Dragon creatures. Winds of Wrath could potentially leave your rival with a creature, however in the right deck you’ll be the one with a threat.
It’s important to note that Planar Outburst can’t deal with regeneration like Terminus can. Speaking of six mana sweepers, this Magic player was a huge fan of Phyrexian Rebirth. Because Planar Outburst costs five and not six you can cast it a full turn before the aforementioned card. That’s huge for a control deck, allowing you to stabilize the game much earlier. While there was potential for your Phyrexian Rebirth to leave a massive creature on the battlefield there were also some instances where you’d end up with just a 1/1 or 2/2. When you cast Planar Outburst for its Awaken cost of 5WWW you’re guaranteed to get a 4/4. Perhaps the most important aspect is that your Land Elemental Creature also gains haste. That allows you to take the offensive, perhaps even win the game immediately as your adversary hopefully won’t have any untapped creatures left to block with (when a creature regenerates it taps and indestructible creatures won’t die to Planar Outburst).
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