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Traderous Instinct – Examining New Phyrexia

I’ve never written a set review before.

Doing them is kind of thankless, as Magic players are never more passionate than when it comes to their shiny new toys. I am as guilty as anyone, and each set usually looks super powerful to me. So I buy in to a bunch of cards at $1-$3 that I think will go up, and then I get stuck with a pile of $0.25 rares that no one wants. [See: Angel, Sunblast.]

What is likely to happen is that I’ll disparage everyone’s favorite new cards and get flamed, or else I’ll oversell the awesomeness of the cards and end up costing people money.

Sounds like a good way to get people mad at me, no matter what I do.

But that won’t stop me from doing my best!

Before I begin, here’s some general advice about set releases:

1) The full list of cards you can safely pre-order:

– Common/uncommon sets.

– Foil copies of commons/uncommons that are likely to be staples (these prices tend to be lower during the pre-order period for some reason.).

– Cards you need for a deck at the soonest possible moment, price be damned.

That’s it. Everything else is a gamble, and I don’t recommend buying in. Instead of investing in pre-orders, wait until a week or two into release and follow the trends as closely as you can. If a card seems to be breaking out, that’s when you should jump.

2) There are two effective ways to handle trading new cards at the pre-release:

– If you’re a casual trader, trade everything away every card you open at the event. The new cards will never be more in demand than they are right now.

– If you’ve established yourself as the go-to guy at your store for trading, pick up as many of the new cards as you can. Then trade them away during the following two-week period at your store for tournament staples while they’re new and shiny. I only recommend this if you have the trading base to clear your stock completely during the short time when these cards will have their highest demand.

There is about a 2, 2 ½ week window where even the bulk rares from the new set will trade well. While it’s possible to score deals for cards that will keep going up, it’s MUCH more likely you will get to trade shiny, new toys for boring, old staples.

For example, at the Besieged prerelease, I opened an Inkmoth Nexus. After playing my games, I traded it without hesitation for 2 copies of Misty Rainforest.

This is the sort of trade that wasn’t hard to make that afternoon, but I could have never, ever made two or three weeks down the line.

Keeping that in mind, here is my set review.

I’ve organized it by rarity and descending price based on where I think each card will settle.

I’ve written this article before reading any other set reviews. As of this writing, no other set reviews have even come out. It’s likely that Luis, Patrick Chapin, and several others will at least start theirs before this is published, and it’s even more likely they will find a use for a card or two that I’m going to dismiss here.

If so, listen to them and not me. Good analysts make money by listening to the experts – and if those guys say a card is good/underrated, they’re probably right.

Even though I’m predicting that most cards will go down in price, I think this set is very strong overall. It has great appeal to tournament and casual players alike, and many of these cards are likely to be favorites for years to come.

Remember: only one pack of this set will be drafted each week for just two months. This means that VERY little New Phyrexia will be opened compared with any other set in the past few years save Worldwake. And remember – even with Jace in that set, those packs have TONS of value in them due to how few were opened.

While opening a box isn’t a great investment, if you’re the kind of player who gets boxes now and then for fun, this is one of the sets you should go for. It’s a good one.

Mythic Rares

Sword of War and Peace
Price (Once Stable): $24.99

The swords – all five of them – are beautiful and iconic. They will see play in standard for the life of their legality, fringe play in eternal formats, and casual play forever.

I would argue that Sword of Body and Mind and Feast and Famine were undervalued at their $7-$10 trading points before Caw Blade made an appearance. Yeah, they didn’t see a ton of competitive play until then, but they were still desired by pretty much everyone.

I’ll tell you this much: I never had an issue trading them. Ever.

Once Caw Blade rotates, this guy will probably go down to $14.99 or so, but even still it is a small set mythic with a ton of appeal. It is one of the few cards I wouldn’t hesitate to trade for at retail whenever I can, because I expect it to hold value as long as Magic is being played somewhere.

Karn Liberated
Price (Once Stable): $19.99

This is a colorless planeswalker, and Wizards knows better than to screw around with making something like this powerful enough to be a format staple.

Imagine if Jace costs 5 colorless instead of 2UU? Yeah.

Karn is great in Commander because he does something awesome the turn he hits the board, and his ultimate will probably just win the game for you if it goes off. In constructed? I don’t see it.

Think Nicol Bolas, Planeswalker with this guy – lots of early hype, followed by rapid decent, followed by a rebound to respectable numbers. It won’t drop as low as Venser or Sarkhan the Mad because it has much wider casual implications.

Batterskull
Price (Once Stable): $19.99

I can see this staying closer to $25 in the short term, but I’m pegging it around $20 because it doesn’t have nearly as much casual appeal.

There are some pretty nifty things you can do with it, though.

Playing for 5 and equipping for 5 is rough, but that is pretty irrelevant with Stoneforge Mystic in the format. Bonehoard was already seeing some play in Caw Blade, and this takes that slot without much question.

If you have nine mana open, you can pretty much block for infinity while stabilizing your life total to stay above water.

Without the mystic, though, is this card any better than Wurmcoil Engine? Right now, I don’t see it. I expect it to be a solid $20 bill through the summer, but it should drop off a bit after that.

Urabrask the Hidden
Price (Once Stable): $12.99

I think people are sleeping on this guy.

Yeah, he costs five, and most good red cards cost 4 on the top end. But this guy is almost a Time Warp in a color that REALLY wants a Time Warp.

On turn four, you can play a Koth and attack with a 4/4 hasted mountain. Follow that up with this guy on turn 5, and suddenly you’ve got a pair of 4/4s swinging into the red zone. Then your opponent is stuck under creature Kismet, slowing down their ability to play blockers by a turn at the most crucial point in the game. Boros will have to reinvent itself, I think, but if I were to start building a Koth deck next month this is the first place I’m looking.

Phyrexian Oblierator
Price (Once Stable): $8.99

Abyssal Persecutor much? That guy has only seen fringe play despite costing less (2 colorless vs. 2 black) and doing more (flying and one more point of power and toughness.)

So what are we paying an extra BB for? The reverse-Negator ability.

Other black decks won’t have much of a problem with it, as Go for the Throat solves the Oblierator problem quite well. Ditto with white decks and their Journey to Nowhere-style effects. Jace and Into the Roil bounce him pretty well. Hawks fly over him.

Much like the Persecutor, this guy will look like a house some of the time, and will die pretty meekly the rest of the time.

The difference between a 5/5 and a 6/6 is also HUGE in a world dominated by Titans. Of course, blocking this guy with a Titan kind of sucks for you, so take that into consideration.

Much like Abyssal Persecutor, this card is $30++ in the right environment, and you should keep a very watchful eye on it. Is it finally that time? Is mono black for real? I don’t think so, but if I’m wrong this card is going to be a large part of why.

Seoldred, Whispering One
Price (Once Stable): $4.99

If cards like Felidar Sovereign can hover around $5 due to casual play, this guy can too. He’s bound to be a popular commander, and I highly suggest picking up foil copies wherever you can. Premium copies should be stable over $10 for quite some time. Remember: most Commander players vastly prefer set foils to prerelease ones.

Beyond that, I suppose he has some fringe-y Legacy reanimator applications, though that shouldn’t affect his value too much because I don’t expect him to be adopted by more than a handful of rogue deckbuilders. While I’m not sure which matchups I’d bring him in for, I’ve got visions in my mind of beating with this Praetor while reanimating a fatty each turn and locking my opponent out of their Tombstalkers or something.

Yeah, probably not.

Jin Gitaxias, Core Augur
Price (Once Stable): $3.99

I also have some sweet reanimation dreams with this guy. Ten mana is quite a lot for a 5/4, but he draws you seven cards right away, and your opponent has to dump their hand if they don’t have an immediate answer to him.

At first I was all about this card for Commander, but then I remember that if I played him, people would throw rocks at me until I went home.

That said, cards this absurdly powerful will always hold some sort of value. He does his thing better than anyone else. At mythic, that’s worth a couple bucks in the long run.

Vorinclex, Voice of Hunger
Price (Once Stable): $3.99

This is one of the praetors I’m reasonably high on for Commander. Mana Reflection is popular enough, and for two extra mana this guy can be a general, can beat down, and can cut your opponents’ ability to do things in half. I can certainly guarantee he’s going in my Omnath deck.

Like Jin, though, this card is a grief and a half. Expect it to die a horrible death at the hands of anyone who can kill it.

Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite
Price (Once Stable): $3.99

I don’t know what deck this guy goes in. A four point swing in power/toughness for every other creature is pretty sweet, but it costs seven. And if you’re cheating it into play, you’ll need an army in addition to him in order to get full value.

Of course, everyone with a casual token deck is going go flip for the guy, so his value won’t fall too far, but he should be a casual only rare at 7 mana.

Etched Monstrosity
Price (Once Stable): $2.49

The worst mythic in the set is this super-sized etched oracle, which actually gets bigger when you draw three cards off him! That’s, upside, baby!

I doubt he’ll ever break 5 bucks, narrow as he is, but I like him a ton in Commander builds that can run him. 5 mana is a reasonable upfront cost, and cashing him in for cards turns him into a true beater.

Rares

Puresteel Paladin
Price (Once Stable): $5.99

This guy is awesome. A 2/2 on turn 2 is fine, and turning all your equipment into cantrips is seriously cool. He’s a knight, which is a reasonably supported tribe now, and probably paves the way for what white/equipment decks are going to look like after Stoneforge Mystic exits stage left.

Casual decks will want him, as well as people who brew their own decks for FNM without just picking one of the 3-4 popular decks from the internet and running with it. I predict this will be one of the all-time easiest cards to trade away, and could see the price running up toward $10 if it sees real play in standard.

Surgical Extraction
Price (Once Stable): $4.99

Yeah, yeah, I know, Phyrexian mana is broken as crap. This card is basically free to cast, and gives colors other than black access to something they really shouldn’t get.

I just don’t see where the $10+ price tag on this comes from. It costs you a card and, what, takes the Preordains or something out of you opponent’s deck? If it’s snagging Jaces or Titans, you’ve got bigger fish to fry anyhow.

In Eternal formats, the only reason people play Extirpate is because split second is fantastic against decks that pack reanimation spells with counter backup. In non-black decks, though, doesn’t Tormod’s Crypt already cost zero? And aren’t that and Relic of Progenitus both just better vs. decks that play out of the ‘yard?

This card is good. It will be a reasonable silver bullet out of the sideboard against some matchups. But that doesn’t make it worth much. Don’t buy into the hype.

Phyrexian Metamorph
Price (Once Stable): $4.99

I love, love, love this card. It’s so versatile.

Clone isn’t good enough at 4 mana, but at 3? In any color? I think this card is a sleeper, mostly due to the fact that people are evaluating it in the same light as other clones.

This isn’t Clone at all. It’s vastly superior.

In the early game, this card can double up as a sword, or a blocker, or even a mana rock. Late game, it’s another copy of your best threat or an answer to your opponent’s.

Yeah, it’s got the age-old Clone problem of never being able to completely outclass the rest of the board, (there has to be something good in play to clone), but I’m pretty sure this is the absolute best clone we’ve ever gotten.

I, for one, am slotting this guy into every green Commander deck I own, and I’d bet we’ll see more of this guy in constructed than anyone thinks.

Hex Parasite
Price (Once Stable): $3.99

This guy has some sweet utility. Obviously his best use is to sit there, kill planeswalkers, and occasionally fireball your opponent. He’s also not bad at taking the counters off Aether vial or your own poisoned guys, either.

If only he could eat token creatures or poison counters on a player…

4 bucks might be a little high, but I also don’t think we’ve seen the last of what he can do. A 1-drop gatling gun against ‘walkers is going to be desirable in casual circles, too, so I don’t doubt he can stabilize at a price higher than a pack.

Look for him to climb next season if the climate is right and he starts seeing main deck play. For now, he reminds me a little of Phyrexian Revoker, and that guy is only two bucks.

Birthing Pod
Price (Once Stable): $3.99

There are five rares in Mirrodin Besieged worth more than two bucks, and I am predicting six for New Phyrexia. This is the one I am least certain about.

If it is better than I think, and it may well be, this will trade easily at $7-$8 for its legality in standard. It’s easy to compare this to Fauna Shaman and just stick it in a green deck, but again: Phyrexian mana. This costs 3, not 4, and it can go in anything.

Of course, the Phyrexian mana on the activation cost will eventually add up. But that’s a small price to pay for making your opponent need to have two spot removal spells in hand to get rid of a single creature without risking it turning in to bigger and bigger monsters.

As a casual card, this will hold strong regardless. I’m not sure we’ve ever seen a card quite like this, and if it starts showing up in lists you should buy in hard.

Caged Sun
Price (Once Stable): $2.99

One word: Commander.

This card is basically Time Spiral’s Gauntlet of Power for one more mana. Since one mana here and there isn’t as big a deal in such a casual format, expect that card to fall a bit from its current price of $7.99 back toward the $4-$5 range – at least in the short term.

This is probably be the go to “mana doubling” spell for a while, so it should trade well at three bucks. Make sure to pick up foils when possible, as they should push $10 and will be easy to trade since the card is gorgeous – seriously, it was made to be seen in foil.

If Commander is still popular in a few years, expect to see this card (and Gauntlet) start their creep back up past $5.

Moltensteel Dragon
Price (Once Stable): $1.99

It’s been a while since a dragon has been worth more than a quarter in constructed, so I understand while people are skeptical of this card. However, the fact that he costs only 4 colorless and can go in any deck makes him a strong consideration.

Again, I think people are undervaluing the flexibility of Phyrexian mana. Yeah, he looks like a crappy Shivan, just like the Metamorph looks like a crappy Clone. In my mind, though, these cards are a whole class above those.

Meliera, Sylvok Outcast
Price (Once Stable): $1.49

This will trade well to casual players who are sick of losing to poison. It’ll also see some sideboard play if poison ever does become a teir-1 deck and in smaller FNM metas.

Next year, when people are playing less poison, it’ll drop even further.

Myr Superion
Price (Once Stable): $1.49

This is a card people are going to want to try. Games will be won off Eldrazi Spawn tokens and Joraga Treespeaker mana.

That said, building around a two-drop that’s only sweet on turn 2 is not the recipe for a tier-1 deck. This’ll trade well at a buck fifty to people who want to live the dream, but it won’t see widespread play.

Lashwrithe
Price (Once Stable): $1.49

If mono-black control is real, than this will be one of the main threats powering it.

This is a pretty great card at any point in the game, and the fact that you can play and equip this on turn 4 is a pretty big game. I expect this card to stay over $1 as people attempt to build around it. Look for it to climb to $4 or so if the deck is real.

Blade Splicer
Price (Once Stable): $1.49

Why isn’t this guy seeing a little more attention? First strike might not be the best ability, but it certainly not irrelevant. Paying just three mana for a 3/3 first striker and a 1/1 is ahead of the curve, and I can see this guy seeing actual tournament play.

Even $1.49 might be low for him, honestly, but I’m leery since I haven’t heard anyone else think this card is remotely good yet. Maybe my evaluation is off. If any of the pros come out agreeing with me that this is a pretty good man, look for it to settle more in the $3 range.

Torpor Orb
Price (Once Stable): $0.99

After seeing this card, I immediately purchased a playset of Phyrexian Dreadnoughts and Hunted Horrors for possible play in Legacy.

Will the deck be good? I don’t know. But Dreadnought has fallen entirely out of play lately, so the price never went up the way most of the other format staples have. The card is on the reserve list, so I figured it was an excellent time to pounce. I got mine here at Channel Fireball for $25 each, and they’re already at $30. If you see any for trade, I’d pick ‘em up.

Regardless, this card’ll settle at a buck. Far more of these will be opened than there will be slots in decks for people who want to try them out.

Praetors Grasp
Price (Once Stable): $0.99

Unlike Acquire or Bribery, you need to actually cast the spell. This’ll still be a casually popular card, but I doubt it’ll see a ton of play.

If you’re a believer, though, pick up a foil copy of this or two for vintage. It’s better in a format where single copies of silver bullets rule the day.

Otherwise, isn’t this basically a much-more-situational-but-slightly-cheaper Diabolic Tutor? I wish it were an instant – then I’d like it quite a bit.

Phyrexian Ingester
Price (Once Stable): $0.99

People read this card, think “bulk rare,” and move on.

Not so! Because this card exiles a creature when it enters the battlefield, it has joined the rare Duplicant-fueled waters of playable cards in Commander.

It doesn’t matter that he costs a billion, and has a wonky ability. He’s a creature, and when he comes into play he kills a creature. That’s significant in the most casual of formats.

Lifes Finale
Price (Once Stable): $0.99

A fun wrath to use in a deck that wants to reanimate opposing fatties, but nothing more to see here.

Jor Kadeen, the Prevailer
Price (Once Stable): $0.99

Man do I wish this dude cost less than five.

The obvious play is to run him in a deck with a ton of Memnites and Ornithopters, but you’ll have lost the game quite quickly if you’re waiting around for your five-drop to get online. At that point, just base the deck in green and run Overrun or something.

Tempered Steel will see play before this, and Tempered Steel isn’t really seeing play at the moment.

Is there a new, midrange Boros deck on the horizon? Maybe, but I doubt it.

Norns Annex
Price (Once Stable): $0.99

This is one of the spiciest Propagandas in a while, as it forces non-white players to spend life if they want to attack you. There will be games against control where your opponent won’t be playing white and will be at such a low life total where they will just scoop to this card. But is that enough to help it see constructed play? Nope. It’s awful the entire rest of the time.

This will see a reasonable amount of play in Commander and other casual formats, but probably not enough to make it break a buck for a while.

Phyrexian Swarmlord
Price (Once Stable): $0.50

People will want this for casual infect decks, but not enough people to make you want to stock up these.

Fresh Meat
Price (Once Stable): $0.50

Caller of the Claw does something similar, and it’s $2. Ghostway does something similar, and it’s $2.

After this card gets a few years under its belt, it will be $2 as well. Until then, it’ll trade between bulk rare and $0.50.

Slag Fiend
Price (Once Stable): $0.25

Keep an eye on this – all one-drops are worth looking at. Ultimately, though, it doesn’t even seem as good as Scute Mob, a card that hasn’t seen play in quite a while.

Spellskite
Price (Once Stable): $0.25

After watching Luis’ IPA draft with flagbearers, I want this guy to be good. Unfortunately, I don’t think he is. Against burn, where he’d theoretically be at his best, the life loss to keep activating him is going to hurt pretty badly. Even if you’re paying blue for his ability, two bolts/shocks kills him dead.

Chancellor of the Tangle
Price (Once Stable): $0.25
The ‘leyline’ abilities on these aren’t good enough to make up for the fact that you have to run clunky, overpriced creatures in your deck.

Chancellor of the Spires
Price (Once Stable): $0.25

Hey, it’s better than Goliath Sphinx.

Chancellor of the Annex
Price (Once Stable): $0.25

Ugly Phyrexian angels are ugly. Bad cards are bad.

Chancellor of the Dross
Price (Once Stable): $0.25

Has Wizards EVER printed a good ‘Dross’ card? I feel like they’re all the stone cold worst.

Chancellor of the Forge
Price (Once Stable): $0.25

A bold prediction: it will seem like you will open at least 50% more of these chancellors than you actually will.

Unwinding Clock
Price (Once Stable): $0.25

Someone will want these to make certain their robots don’t wind down. Probably not you, though.

Omen Machine
Price (Once Stable): $0.25

This card is basically Gate to the Aether. We already know that card is worth $0.25.

Bludgeon Brawl
Price (Once Stable): $0.25

Fun card. Bulk rare.

Soul Conduit
Price (Once Stable): $0.25

All this card does is make me realize just how terrible Mirror Universe is in my cube, which I already knew. Shut up – I love that card.

Xenograft
Price (Once Stable): $0.25

This card is like a bad version of Conspiracy, which is only worth $0.50 on a good day.

Glistening Oil
Price (Once Stable): $0.25

Bad on your creatures, bad on opposing creatures.

Invader Parasite
Price (Once Stable): $0.25

Of all the 25 cent cards on this list, this is the best breakout candidate. Ankh of Mishra has always been good, and combined with a pseudo Stone Rain it might actually be borderline playable.

I doubt it, though. Five mana is still five mana.

Phyrexian Unlife
Price (Once Stable): $0.25

How good does a lifegain card have to be to see play? I’d wager better than this.

Psychic Surgery
Price (Once Stable): $0.25

Cute, but it has no effect on the board when you play it. If this effect were on a 2/1 body, we’d be in business.

Commons/Uncommons of Note

Mental Misstep
Price (Once Stable): $3.99

All the pros and finance guys agree: this card is the real deal.

The one thing I can see holding this card back, though, is the fact that it seems playable but not broken in standard. It lacks the casual appeal of Path to Exile, and is probably not immediately recognizable to the casual player as a powerful card. I would estimate that a good 50% of these opened at the prerelease will be sharked by more savvy players for another random uncommon from the set, probably before the sun sets that day.

Such is the way of these cards.

Mental Misstep will see mainstream Legacy play. That alone will keep it at $4+ for the duration of its time in standard, and it will only rise after that. This card has the potential to be $10+ years down the line, same as Aether Vial, Sensei’s Divining Top, Standstill, and the other Legacy power uncommons.

I imagine there will be an FNM version of this card, but that shouldn’t keep the set foils from being worth $20+.

This card is awesome, because every player will have some and you can just pick them up in trades to fill in values and not worry about losing money over the long term. That’s what I do with fetchlands, and that’s what I’m going do to with this.

Keep an eye on it in Standard, too. If it starts seeing as much play as Inquisition of Kozilek, it could start its climb toward $10 earlier than expected.

Years from now, assuming Magic doesn’t change radically, this will probably be the #3 most valuable card in the set card after Karn and the sword.

We’re lucky this isn’t rare, or else it would be pre-selling over $30.

Despise
Price (Once Stable): $2.99

On the one hand, this card is more Ostracize than Duress, and we all know which of those was an all-star and which was an also-ran.

On the other hand, creatures are so much better now. Stoneforge Mystic, Squadron Hawk, Primeval Titan…those are all basically spells with a critter attached, right? Plus, this can strip a ‘walker out of a hand just as easily. In today’s standard, this might end up being the premiere hand disruption spell.

I’m rating this at $2.99, but realistically it is either a $1 card or a $5 card a year from now. If I had to choose, I’d say pick these up now – it’s a better spell than you think.

Beast Within
Price (Once Stable): $1.99

This card might not be as great as everyone says it is, but it’s still a Vindicate (sort of) in green. The fact that it can hit your own land to give you a beast if needed makes it even better.

Green often just folds to certain cards, but it can always outclass an opposing 3/3. That makes this a powerful weapon for a color that would rather every game be decided by powerful creatures crashing into each other.

Another uncommon I’d rather have than most rares, this will see play in both standard and Commander for the next couple years.

Dismember
Price (Once Stable): $0.25

Pick up foil copies for cubes.

Dispatch
Price (Once Stable): $0.25

Path to Exile this is not. Soon to be a bulk card.

That’s it! That’s the set!

Here’s how it stacks up to Mirrodin Besieged, if I’m correct:

New Phyrexia: 3 Premiere Mythics
Mirrodin Besieged: 2 Premiere Mythics

New Phyrexia: 2 Second-Tier Mythics
Mirrodin Beseiged: 4 Second-Tier Mythics

New Phyrexia: 4 Causal-value Mythics
Mirrodin Besieged: 2 Casual-value Mythics

New Phyrexia: 1 Bulk Mythic
Mirrodin Besieged: 2 Bulk Mythics

New Phyrexia: 6 $6+ Rares
Mirrodin Besieged: 5 $3+ Rares

New Phyrexia: 3 Premium Uncommons
Mirrodin Besieged: 1 Premium Uncommon

Until next time –

– Chas Andres

27 thoughts on “Traderous Instinct – Examining New Phyrexia”

  1. Chas,
    You can’t play the Metamorph in your Green EDH decks. That blue Phyrexian mana is still blue 🙁

  2. My goal is to obtain a hundred or so mental missteps and then hide them in a dark corner of my closet and forget about them.

  3. ankh of mishraaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa with leeeeeeeeegggggggggggggsssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss really lonnnnnnnnnnnnnnnng leggggggggggggggssssssssssssss

  4. RTFC… if Birthing Pod could be used at instant speed, that would make the card so much more versatile and viable.
    I think the main problem with the card is that there’s nothing that tutors for it in standard, so building around it is tough. If it were something Trinket or Treasure Mage could find, for example, I could see it definitely being the core of some interesting decks. As it stands, you can build around it by including techy 1-ofs like War Priest, Viridian Corruptor, Linvala, but when you don’t see the Pod, you’re left with an inconsistent deck with little focus.
    SOM had Trinket Mage, MBS had Treasure Mage, I was kinda hoping NPH would have “Retail Mage” that could get an artifact cost 2-5…

  5. Ankh of Mishra has “always been good” is like saying the steam engine has “always been efficient.”

  6. The women who read this request you use the occasional “her” to refer to cards that are women. It’s nice to have female Praetors, do we need to call them both “him” and “guys”?

  7. I feel like this set has so many more valuable commons and umcommons than rares. =/

    If a Spike crieseverytime a Chancellor gets opened expect a whole lot of tears from this set. 😛

  8. @Eric – Hrmph. Can someone fix that for me? Rookie mistake.

    @CSeraph – Ah…sorcery-speed only on that card. This mistake I’m chalking up to ‘doing part of my set review before images were readily available.’ So yeah. This has even less of a shot of hitting $7-$8 than I had initially thought.

    @dar482 – What? You don’t think we’d all be in a better place if we’d just stuck with the steam engine? =)

    In all honesty, I’ve always liked Ankh of Mishra. Maybe more than most. I remember it having years of being quite sick in the old type 1.5. I think my mind was still back there when thinking about this card.

    Really, it doesn’t compare all that favorably to ZoZu, who never saw much play. I still think it’s got a better shot than most of the other $0.25 cards, though. If they accidentally print just one LD spell too many…

    @Darkhorse – Again, a result of having text, not images, in front of me when doing most of this review. I’ll try to be more mindful of it in the future.

  9. Yeah, you say every card is good unless it’s obviously bad. Literally, the first 20 cards, about 90% of them you say are “better than people think.” Sorry, but the market can’t handle a set with this much value, so the cards will drop.

  10. This review was better than people think. I rate it about 3 stars, but it could turn out to be 5 or 1 if the forecasts are really on or really off.

  11. Birthing Pod bulds up from 1/1 green infect guy->Plague Stinger-> Cystbearer-> Hand of the Praetors-> Putrefax…

    Oh wait. that blows nuts.

  12. Why doesn’t this article say things like sell your Karn for $45-50 at the first opportunity you get. If you really believe it’s worth 20 then that’s what you should do. Same for phyrexian obliterator.
    You only have to look at their casting costs to see that these aren’t the new Jace the wallet emptier.

  13. I’m going to save alot of people alot of money. Don’t trade for mental misstep at $4. It’s going to be a $2 or even a $1for a long, long time. Think supply vs demand instead of valuing the card based on power.

  14. I think your argument against spellkite for red is bad. If I am choosing to play the ‘kite against red decks two things need to be true: a) I value my creatures more than my life total (to an extent), or b) I am playing a creature based, base-blue deck (or both I guess). I’m not trying to say spellkite is the stone nuts, I just disagree with your argument against it as a flagbearer against removal heavy decks (such as red). If I were playing a fauna shaman deck I would gladly pay 2 life to have a bolt not kill her.

  15. Supply will be low because NPH will not be drafted for very long. Demand will be high because a big chunk of Legacy decks will want 4 and that format is getting more and more popular, plus there’s a chance that it will see play in Standard.

    Translation: Good luck trying to trade for Misstep at $1.

  16. For those who think I’m waffling:

    The comments are where I examine the best & worst cases for each card.

    The price is my final prediction.

  17. When I read you referring to Sheoldred as ‘he’, I grabbed my chair and threw it out of the window in rage.

  18. Great review, I think you’re spot on for most of it. I think Puresteel Paladin will be worse than you expect, and Blade Splicer will be better. Dismember is probably more of a $1 card as a Snuff Out for decks that don’t happen to play the removal colors (or Red decks vs. Firewalker). $4 seems right for Mental Misstep: look at Inquisition of Kozilek for a similar 3rd-set card, except RoE was drafted like a big set, so there are more IoKs in the market. IoK isn’t the eternal powerhous MM is, but MM won’t be as good in Standard.

    Definitely disagree about Urabrask, though. There are too many good 4 drops for aggressive red decks, and I don’t think they want more than 6-8. Five mana is out of the question. Finally, I agree with you that Spinal Extraction is overrated, but I would put it at $1-2, not $5.

    Despite my personal opinions on the cards, your review was well thought-out and written. Thanks!

  19. reindeercards

    Bludgeon Brawl – “Fun card. Bulk rare.”

    Are you kidding?

    Bludgeon Brawl single-handedly turns the three color Acid Web Spider.dec into a Tier One monster! Standard decks are going to have TWELVE clones to go with the 4 Acid Web Spider and the Liquidmetal Coating.

    OMG!

  20. reindeercards

    Rules question:

    When you equip the Liquidmetal Coating to your Acid Web Spider, then attack with the spider, in the second main phase you can still tap the Liquidmetal Coating to turn something into an artifact then cast your Clone.

    Right?

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