New Phyrexia now available

28 May

The final part of the Scars block is finally here and it’s a bloody good set that adds massively to the mechanics introduced in both Scars of Mirrodin and Mirrodin Beseiged. All the previous mechanics including Infect, Proliferate, Poison and Living Artifacts are all present and correct, but you can now pay life for certain cards as well. Rather than pay a mana, you can instead pay 2 life. It’s an incredibly interesting mechanic, that adds an all new layer to what is already an extremely tactical game.

As good as the mechanics are it’s the cards that are really getting many gamers excited, and New Phyrexia delivers with some truly astonishing cards that will greatly shake up both the block and standard in general. Karn the Liberated is already drawing plenty of attention thanks to being the only Planeswalker in the set and having some truly trippy exile abilities, but there are plenty of other cards that are worthy of your attention.

The Praetors are ridiculously costly beasts (7 mana and higher) which have crazy abilities to match their insane casting costs. They’re not quite up to the power of the Eldrazi, but some of the abilities on offer are incredibly insane. Fancy having your opponent sacrifice one of his creatures on each of his upkeeps, while you put a creature from your graveyard into play during your upkeep? Perhaps you like the sound of a 7/6 trampler that has all your land producing double mana while it stops your opponent’s lands from untapping during their next untap phase, or perhaps you just want a 4/7 creature with vigilance that gives all your creatures +2/+2 while all your opponent’s get -2/-2? They’re all game changers once they come down in play and are all rapidly increasing in price on the secondary market.

Perhaps one of the most interesting aspects of this new set though is just how many common and uncommon cards are rapidly rising in price. These are mainly ones that allow you to pay life (greatly reducing their casting costs) but the insane amount of removal in the set including The Beast Within, Dismember, Noxious Revival, Whipflare and Mental Misstep are all worth seeking out.

Perhaps some of the best cards though are the new living weapons, with one in particular, Batterskull, being a real standout. For 5 mana you get a 4/4 creature with vigilance and life link, which can greatly swing games whenever if comes into play. You can also return it to your hand, making it extremely difficult to kill.

Needless to say I’ve already added it to my existing Knight deck.


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