Is Vandalblast Modern Playable?

Is Vandalblast Modern Playable?


[[shattering spree]] can often do it better


^this, just search around for some other options, OP.


[shattering spree](https://c1.scryfall.com/file/scryfall-cards/normal/front/d/6/d6dcff21-5900-43c4-a38b-cdc19c704ce4.jpg?1593272374) - [(G)](http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?name=shattering%20spree) [(SF)](https://scryfall.com/card/gpt/75/shattering-spree?utm_source=mtgcardfetcher) [(txt)](https://api.scryfall.com/cards/d6dcff21-5900-43c4-a38b-cdc19c704ce4?utm_source=mtgcardfetcher&format=text) ^^^[[cardname]] ^^^or ^^^[[cardname|SET]] ^^^to ^^^call


Probably, Shatterstorm or Shattering Spree are more likely to be in. Shatterstorm is cheaper, and if you don't have any artifacts, it's the same effect. Shattering spree can be cheaper if they have 4 or fewer artifacts that you care about killing, and the no regeneration can sometimes be a big upside.


It's a bit expensive to use the mode which destroys them all, but it's playable I guess. There's a lot better ones in green.


[[By Force]] is pretty flexible


[By Force](https://c1.scryfall.com/file/scryfall-cards/normal/front/6/6/66cdfdb2-b47f-446d-9850-8581bd1d806c.jpg?1543675516) - [(G)](http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?name=By%20Force) [(SF)](https://scryfall.com/card/akh/123/by-force?utm_source=mtgcardfetcher) [(txt)](https://api.scryfall.com/cards/66cdfdb2-b47f-446d-9850-8581bd1d806c?utm_source=mtgcardfetcher&format=text) ^^^[[cardname]] ^^^or ^^^[[cardname|SET]] ^^^to ^^^call


I've tended to prefer the flexibility of Vandalblast to Shatterstorm in the Affinity days of yore. The ability to play it earlier/cheap is big when you're going to die to a Plating, or you need to Blast a Ravager then Bolt the Modular target. It's helpful that can you just Blast, Snap Blast sometimes too. Costing just one Red isn't irrelevant either. Although, back when I had to make decisions like this By Force didn't exist. That said, if Affinity is playing a bunch of Welding Jars then Shatterstorm could be the pick. If you can reliably get to triple Red, I'd definitely play Shattering Spree.


>In my opinion I think that more artifact hate will be nessecary in the near future of modern. This is due to the rising of affinity, Asmora food and most importantly \[\[Urza’s Saga\]\]. I’m not well versed in modern side board tech but something that wipes out your opponents artifacts while leaving yours intact and can flex and a one mana drop as well seems strong. I understand \[\[Shattering Spree\]\] is used for mass artifact hate currently, so the question comes down to if you will be killing more than 5 artifacts with shattering spree at a time. In a readable format this time.


Urza’s Saga strong Affinity back Chef make food Need smash artifacts Ungabunga


Shattering spree and shatter storm are more popular choices


[Urza’s Saga](https://c1.scryfall.com/file/scryfall-cards/normal/front/c/1/c1e0f201-42cb-46a1-901a-65bb4fc18f6c.jpg?1621127724) - [(G)](http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?name=Urza%27s%20Saga) [(SF)](https://scryfall.com/card/mh2/259/urzas-saga?utm_source=mtgcardfetcher) [(txt)](https://api.scryfall.com/cards/c1e0f201-42cb-46a1-901a-65bb4fc18f6c?utm_source=mtgcardfetcher&format=text) [Shattering Spree](https://c1.scryfall.com/file/scryfall-cards/normal/front/d/6/d6dcff21-5900-43c4-a38b-cdc19c704ce4.jpg?1593272374) - [(G)](http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?name=Shattering%20Spree) [(SF)](https://scryfall.com/card/gpt/75/shattering-spree?utm_source=mtgcardfetcher) [(txt)](https://api.scryfall.com/cards/d6dcff21-5900-43c4-a38b-cdc19c704ce4?utm_source=mtgcardfetcher&format=text) [Vandalblast](https://c1.scryfall.com/file/scryfall-cards/normal/front/5/2/52cf5c10-99aa-4580-8016-9bbb43dbdb00.jpg?1562704317) - [(G)](http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?name=Vandalblast) [(SF)](https://scryfall.com/card/c15/170/vandalblast?utm_source=mtgcardfetcher) [(txt)](https://api.scryfall.com/cards/52cf5c10-99aa-4580-8016-9bbb43dbdb00?utm_source=mtgcardfetcher&format=text) ^^^[[cardname]] ^^^or ^^^[[cardname|SET]] ^^^to ^^^call


Eh? Rather Shattering Spree for straight artifact destruction. I find Abrade or Pillage tend to be a bit better for the flexibility.


I think that vandalblast is just not what you want to be doing here. If you’re trying to just destroy 1 artifact, play grudge, as it has 2 uses effectively, but if you’re trying to wipe artifacts completely, then shatter Storm is just better as it’s a mana cheaper.


I don’t think it’s flexible enough