Blue Elemental Blast - Masters 25 Spoiler

Blue Elemental Blast


  • Color: Blue
  • Type: Instant
  • Rarity: Uncommon
  • Set:

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Choose one —
• Counter target red spell.
• Destroy target red permanent.



  • Kevan Kramer

    Why is this an uncommon while the red one is common?

    • Coulter Baker

      They’re both uncommon, the site is wrong :S the set symbol for both is silver

  • Jason L Stadeli

    Is this Hydroblast since there are modes to choose from after cast…? Or are they making the Blue Elemental Blast a carbon copy of Hydroblast by updating the text?

    • Shawn Michael Diaz

      It can’t target non-red spells.

      • Jason L Stadeli

        Ah I see, yea still same wording just updated to have the bullets. (Made me think of the Eternal Masters hydroblast)

  • Jason L Stadeli

    Even if they upscaled rarity to uncommon, it’s still pauper legal since they were printed at common rarity from Alpha-Fourth. The upscale must of been for balancing it in drafts.

    • Shawn Michael Diaz

      That’s not how Pauper legality works. Try again.

      • Jason L Stadeli

        https://magic.wizards.com/en/game-info/gameplay/formats/pauper

        “If a common version of a particular card was ever released on Magic Online, any version of that card is legal in this format.

        Example: Counterspell was a common card in Seventh Edition Core Set online. Counterspell was reprinted in Masters Edition II with an uncommon expansion symbol. Both versions of the card can now be used in pauper.”

      • Jason L Stadeli

        From wizard’s very own Pauper game info page…
        “If a common version of a particular card was ever released on Magic Online, any version of that card is legal in this format. Example: Counterspell was a common card in Seventh Edition Core Set online. Counterspell was reprinted in Masters Edition II with an uncommon expansion symbol. Both versions of the card can now be used in pauper.”

      • Jason L Stadeli

        Oh my mistake, did not realize they never printed them on MTGO at common rarity. I only play paper, so to me, these are Pauper legal. (They are just not legal on MTGO).

        • Shawn Michael Diaz

          There’s only one official card pool and banlist for Pauper and it’s Magic Online’s Pauper pool/banlist. Many brick and mortar establishments houserule other commons as legal.

      • Grant Scholz
        • Shawn Michael Diaz

          “printed at common rarity in a Magic Online set” literally quoting from the first paragraph. If it’s never been printed at common on MTGO, it’s not Pauper legal

  • DJ Pad

    Good to see these get foil versions (like hydro+pyroblast), unfortunately the art is very meh.

  • TezzeretofCarmot21

    Love the mirrored art, looks sweet! Excellent reprint.

  • Zombie

    You do realize Pyroblast/Hydroblast are strictly better than REB and BEB in Pauper, right?

    They do literally the exact same job, except Pyroblast and Hydroblast have an old-school wording issue that allows them to be abused outside of normal card function scenarios.

    Hydroblast, for example, can target any permanent – then only destroys it if it’s Red. (Same for targeting a spell on the stack).

    Blue Elemental Blast can’t even be cast without a valid Red target already existing.

    Yet they both do the same job.

    Any scenario you can imagine where Blue Elemental Blast can use either of its options, Hydroblast can do the exact same thing.

    And then Hydroblast has more uses on top of that thanks to being castable without a Red target.

    No one would run BEB at all in Pauper, because Hydroblast is just strictly better.

    At best people might run 4 Pyroblast and 1 Red Elemental Blast to give themselves additional coverage against Mono Blue Delver/ UB Control.

    The Elemental Blasts would also see a lot more play if Cabal Therapy is ever printed at common. (Which if it ever is, RIP Pauper).

    The advantages BEB and REB have over Hydroblast/Pyroblast don’t exist in Pauper. (Unless you want Spellskite to be printed at common, in which case you’re actually insane. Get help.)

    Outside of Pauper, you want a split between the two (2/2 Pyroblast/REB) to dodge Cabal Therapy ruining your day/Spellskite/Misdirection.

    • Shawn Michael Diaz

      Standard Bearer is a pauper staple. It’s literally Spellskite. Also the elemental blasts are cheaper by a far margin in paper and online. It also decreases confusion over playability. In every Pauper deck I play, the Elemental Blasts are better.

      • Zombie

        Delver/ UB (Literally the best decks) don’t care about Bearer; any Red deck can literally just kill her.

        And no, it’s not literally Spellskite. It has garbage stats, can’t block 90% of the meta creatures and live like Spellskite, doesn’t survive Lightning Bolt or any damage 1 or greater, and has a harder limit on what it can affect.

        If Standard Bearer = Spellskite, Mogg War Marshal = Siege Gang Commander

        (It doesn’t)

        Also, Standard Bearer isn’t even staple status. It’s a good card that’s played in SOME decks.

        Most often, it’s run as a token one-of/two-of for cheekiness out of the sideboard against removal.

        It’s most often used against and in combo decks, bogles, etc. Not against decks that run 4 Hydroblasts out of the board like Delver.

        Also, most decks that play against Standard Bearer decks aren’t even going to side in Hydroblast/Pyroblast in the first place. Narrow removal vs. creature value is bad sideboarding.

        REB and BEB in Pauper would be borderline irrelevant. Asking for them is nonsensical.

        • Shawn Michael Diaz

          The effects are analogous, calm yourself. I want REB and BEB against Tireless Tribe combo often.

  • Kahai

    OMG They are countering each others e blasts!