Engineered Explosives

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Butanero(2015-05-27 11:35)

Sweeps cheap permanents in a two-color deck. Flexible, cheap card advantageadvantage. Dodges Chalice of the void easily, too. I love it as a sideboard card, even maindeck with Trinket Mage.

Fallatus(2015-05-08 08:18)

Fantastic token sweeper. Using it in combination with pongify and Rapid Hybridization.

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