Fated Conflagration is the first card in Magic history, which deals damage directly to target Planeswalker. That is why it is happened to be rare. Set creators said, that an idea of destroying a planeswalker is rare by default… until Dominatia in 2018.
Fated Conflagration deals 5 damage to its target. It let us to figure out all the problems with creatures like Polukranos, World Eater or Stormbreath Dragon and opponent’s planeswalkers, which has already increased their loyalty by activating their loyalty abilities: Elspeth, Sun Champion or Ashiok or Ashiok, Nightmare Weaver.
Legal target for Fated Conflagration can be a creature of a Planeswalker. Fated Conflagration never can deal any damage directly to a player. Because players are not planeswalkers. Let's repeat it again and put it in frame:
Players are not planeswalkers.
No player can use Twincast or Reverberate and redirect Fated Conflagration to a player. Player is the illegal target. However, you can always use redirection effects. Boros Rekorner is Fated Conflagration’s best friend, because it redirects damage to opponent’s face.
Fire Servant is another bestie doubles that damage.
Triple red cost, obviously, makes casting Fated Conflagration tricky, however there are always ways out:
And do remember, that if you have cast Fated Conflagration during your turn, there is additional Scry 2. And it is very pleasant, because you do not have to cast it on sorcery speed: combat phase or end of the turn will do.
If on Fated Conflagration’s resolution its target becomes illegal, the full spell is cancelled. Fated Conflagration will not deal any damage and you will not scry.
P.S. There is obviously Dumbledore, burning inferius in a cage painted on the card. :)
Translated by Aleskandra Ladygina