Knowledge Vault: Immolation

This week, we discuss one of the least-appreciated burn spells in all of Old School MTG 93/94:  Immolation.  Now, Immolation may LOOK like an Enchant Creature/Aura, but it’s actually a Sorcery that deals two unpreventable damage.

1579_large.jpeg

 

WHAT’S SO SPECIAL ABOUT IMMOLATION?

Okay, but what’s so great about a Sorcery-speed Shock?  Old School MTG 93/94 already has Lightning Bolt, Chain Lightning, and Psionic Blast.  What more Burn do we need?

Upon resolution, much like Enfeeblement and Dead Weight, if a creature’s toughness is 2 or less, Immolation sends them straight to the graveyard as a static effect.  No regeneration, no damage shield, no nothing.  The creature dies straight to death.

Unlike Blood Lust, Immolation can actually kill a creature.  Can you imagine if Blood Lust did the same thing as Immolation?  It would be the best removal spell in the format.  It would essentially be Lava Coil and it would be open season on Serendib Efreets.

Okay, so now we know what Immolation does to creatures.  But who cares?  There aren’t that many creatures in Old School MTG 93/94 that regenerate or have damage protection or whatever.

wrongkiddoorigin.jpg

For just [R], Immolation kills RagnarUthden TrollWalking DeadDrudge Skeletons, Drowned, Clergy of the Holy Nimbus, Will-o’-the-Wisp, Sedge Troll if there is no Swamp, and, although they aren’t Regenerators, annoying creatures that refuse to die to combat damage like Wall of Shadows and Wall of Vapor and annoying creatures that refuse to even participate in combat like Angus motherfucking Mackenzie.

I can see Immolation seeing play in some versions of U/R/b Burn/Flyers.  Not only does it serve to kill Thunder Spirits or other pesky blockers, but it can also be used offensively in G1 against Control, because it can turn your own Serendibs from a seven-turn, three-power clock into a formidable 5/2 four-turn clock.

Edit:  After posting this article, and receiving some some responses from the community, here are some other uses:

1058_large.jpeg

  • /u/Smykster and Hunter P. use Immolation to pop Atogs, because even if they pump in response, it dies at the end of turn.
  • Ted K. uses it to swing with 2/1 Rukh Eggs.  Although this use looks like 2:1 card disadvantage at first glance, this combo actually generates card advantage.  The egg does not replace itself, it upgrades itself.  If your egg dies in combat or to a removal spell, you come out ahead on card advantage because the Immolation trades 1:1 for your opponent’s blocker/removal spell and you end up with a [3][R] 4/4 flyer!  Take that, Roc of Kher Ridges!

 

WRAP UP

Thanks for reading!  Please consider joining our Discord to continue the discussion!  We also urge you to follow us on Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, and Patreon so that you don’t miss anything.  At the very least, please take a moment to subscribe to our Twitch channel with your Amazon/Twitch Prime account and/or rate us 5 stars on Facebook.  Those are two great ways to support our blog and they cost you absolutely nothing!

As always, you should follow every Old School MTG resource that you can, such as the fine people over at Wak-Wak, Eternal Central, Magnus de Laval’s Blogspot, DFB’s WordPress, and the Beasts of the Bay Area.  Finally, there are also tons of people who are always down to jam a game of 93/94 over webcam in the OLDSCHOOL 93-94 ONLINE TOURNAMENTS Facebook group!

 

COUPON CODES

  • FlipSide Gaming.  Enter the coupon code READYTOROLE at checkout for 10% off any order of $10 or more.  Alternatively, enter READY40K for FREE SHIPPING on any order of $10 or more in Games Workshop products!
  • Surly Good Designs.  Use coupon code READYTOROLE for 10% off.
  • Kirby’s MTG AltersMention our name to receive 5% off!
  • Kobra Kawaii.  Use coupon code NAKAMA to receive 10% off any order of at least $25 in gaming and anime apparel.

We are always looking for more sponsors, friends, groups, and chances to network.  Feel free to reach out to us on whatever your chosen social medium may be!

Advertisements

2 Comments on “Knowledge Vault: Immolation

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: