Oblivion StoneQuote from MRdown2urth »...what do you run instead in colors without board wipes?
Red and Black? really?
Red: Chain Reaction, Blasphemous Act, Flowstone Slide
black: Mutilate, Damnation, Decree of Pain, Toxic Deluge, Pox, Kagemaro, First to Suffer, Plague Wind, Garruk's Plague Wind, Demon dude, other Demon dude, Grave pact etc etc etc. Black is the second best mass removal color. White only wins because of how expensive Black's options are.
Green is really the only color with few wrath effects short of launching everything into the air somehow and using a Hurricane or Whirlwind Effect. But green gets Tornado to compensate for that.
Unless you speak of non-creature wipes, at which point green has everything, red has all the anti-artifact you want, and black has nothing.
As far as ISB's point of non-destroy wraths, many have gone that route (myself included), but a few still stick around in various decks. Namely: Oblivion Stone, Rout, Damnation, Pernicious Deed and Red explody spells all still destroy, and the Avatar is good for that.
A 6/6 trampler for 6 is pretty ok, and if you can keep mana open by cheating it out, it gets even better. I've seen wars to clone him and activate in response to a mass destruction in order to force the player to tap out so the next player could destroy again.
I've also seen mass destruction flashed out in response to the activated ability.
He's expensive, but definitely changes the board dynamic, especially if you play big mana battlecruiser.