Magic the Gathering Card Analysis Furnace Celebration

“Furnace Celebration” is a red enchantment spell printed as an uncommon for the upcoming Magic the Gathering expansion set known as “Scars of Mirrodin” which is due to be released on October 1, 2010.  So far, Furnace Celebration seems to be rather interesting to have in a red deck along with means to sacrifice things.  With the right cards on the battlefield, Furnace Celebration can become extremely useful and formidable.  Once Scars of Mirrodin is released, Furnace Celebration should be legal in the following formats: Standard, Extended, Scars of Mirrodin block, Legacy, Vintage, Freeform, Prismatic, Tribal Wars Classic, Classic, Singleton 100, Commander, and EDH (Elder Dragon Highlander).

The converted mana cost for Furnace Celebration is three.  You will need two red mana and one colorless mana to play Furnace Celebration from your hand onto the battlefield.  For what Furnace Celebration can do, the three mana is definitely worth it.  Keep in mind that Furnace Celebration is an enchantment spell.  That means Furnace Celebration is susceptible to anything and everything that affects let alone targets enchantments.  Spells such as “Naturalize,” “Disenchant,” and so forth will pop off Furnace Celebration and send it to the graveyard.

What does Furnace Celebration do in the first place?

When Furnace Celebration is on the battlefield, you may pay two colorless mana when you sacrifice a permanent for whatever the reason.  Doing so causes Furnace Celebration to deal two points of damage to a target creature or player.  That is provided that the creature has neither Shroud nor Protection from Red.  

The ability of Furnace Celebration is simply cut and dry.  But, there is the important question to be asked: How do you get the most out of Furnace Celebration?

In Standard, you should use Furnace Celebration in a red deck with “Eldrazi Monument.”  That way, you should have a surefire way of being able to deal two points of damage to a target creature or player.  

In Scars of Mirrodin block, you should use a bunch of artifacts.  There are a bunch of artifacts that can be sacrificed for the most part.  Doing so would let you activate the ability of Furnace Celebration.  

In Extended, you should use this with “Furnace of Rath.”  That way, the damage would be doubled to four points.  Also in Extended, you could use this with “Vicious Shadows” from “Shards of Alara.”  

When you think about it.  You have the means to get rid of planeswalkers.  If an opponent has a planeswalker on the battlefield, you do the ability of Furnace Celebration when you sacrifice a permanent.  Also, it does not say to only do this ability once a turn.  Meaning, you could pay six mana if you wanted to.  Then, Furnace Celebration would deal six points of damage to a target creature or player.  

Overall, Furnace of Celebration is a pretty interesting card to have for the most part.  With the right cards on the battlefield, Furnace Celebration can be quite the useful card.