For Limited this would be pretty gross at common, I'd think.Quote from WarMachinePrime »I am glad you brought this up. Yes I've changed my mind that I WOULD want it at common for Pauper. There are currently ZERO spells in pauper that "cannot be countered" and it would be a welcome addition. As for Modern its a nothingburger. A missed opportunity for Pauper. Double downshifts have occured. I wish this one did.
As for Constructed, this card was a lot easier to play when the alternatives were things like Rhystic Lightning or Volcanic Hammer as opposed to Bolt (or even Lightning Strike). The extra over Hammer gets you instant speed, uncounterable, and the kicker, which collectively are probably worth at least that much. Nowadays the cheap burn spells are a lot better, and if you value the ability to deal a bunch of uncounterable damage for a million mana you can play Banefire.
I could imagine playing it as a 1-of in some blue/red control deck, maybe.