The guy who did the preview on the mother ship is a righteous master, but we will nevertheless try our best with Alara Reborn rare Maelstrom Pulse.
Like the man said, looks like a slow Putrefy, acts more like a Vindicate cross-bred with an Echoing Ruin.
Where can I see this fitting in?
This is the interesting question… “Classically” speaking it would be a card for The Rock; Maelstrom Pulse is after all in the traditional colors of The Rock. People love their Green creatures, Siege Towers, and whatnot; so for Standard especially we can see this in The Rock and that kind of a deck.
However we live in a world of cheap mana; that is, mana that is easy to come by if you have the resources, not financially cheap. Today’s mana bases even in Standard are anything but… Therefore Maelstrom Pulse is the kind of card that can find a home outside the traditional confines. I think that it can be played as a surgical non-four-of in Reflecting Pool Control if for no other reason that Reflecting Pool Control can cast it (I mean just look at the name).
Those kinds of control decks are always in the market for removal of some sort and this is the rare card that can kill Ajani Vengeant, Swans of Bryn Argoll, Seismic Assault, Bitterblossom or all the damn Bitterblossom tokens! In a sense Maelstrom Pulse can be considered a space saver because in playing it Reflecting Pool Control can avoid having to play so many different kinds of cards for different situations.
Snap Judgment Rating: Clear and present Staple, if not automatic four-of.
Overall, this Mike Flores did a fine job with the Two Great Traditions article on the mother ship. You should read it if you haven’t already.