Early this morning, MTG France spoiled that Phyrexian Revoker will be reprinted in Magic 2015. In a Standard format that will have Pithing Needle until October 2014, this is great news for players who wish to combat the onslaught of Super-Friends popping up all over the place. It is a bit surprising to see a Phyrexian card being reprinted in a Core Set, but we do have Soul of New Phyrexia in the set, so its appearance makes a bit more sense.
Phyrexian Revokerwas originally printed in Mirrodin Beseiged, a set with its fair share of good cards: Blightsteel Colossus, Consecrated Sphinx, Green Sun’s Zenith, Hero of Bladehold, Inkmoth Nexus, Sword of Feast and Famine, and Tezzeret, Agent of Bolas to name a few. The Revoker sees main-board play in Modern, Legacy, Vintage, and Commander in a wide variety of decks. Being the creature version of Pithing Needle is really good. The fact that it can stop planeswalkers and problem artifacts (here’s looking at you, Mindslaver!) makes it very versatile. Also, even though it can’t target lands, it can stop mana-producing abilities, such as that of Noble Hierarch. Revoker mostly sees play in Death and Taxes – both in Legacy and Modern – but copies show up in the main boards of a lot of Eternal format decks.
In Standard, Phyrexian Revoker was very solid in a format dominated by artifacts with activated abilities. It stopped the top planeswalker of the time, Jace, the Mind Sculptor, and it also prevented the dreaded Caw-Blade decks from equipping their Swords and Batterskulls. It also shut down Birthing Pod, and it still does that same job today in Modern and Legacy. Even Vintage decks play it to shut down important combo pieces. Commander decks also utilize Phyrexian Revoker to deal with problem Commanders and to shut down Sensei’s Divining Top (something also very useful in Legacy with dealing with Counterbalance/Miracles decks).
Besides its obvious continued usefulness in the Eternal formats, it’s not quite clear yet where Revoker will fit into Standard main-boards. Some Blue/White or Esper Control lists may find room for a couple copies, but most likely only in the side-board. After Return to Ravnica block rotates, though, Revoker could become an extremely important card if the new Standard is full of activated abilities.
At the very least, copies of the Revoker will now be easier to obtain, especially in foil, for Eternal formats.
How would you use Phyrexian Revoker, or how have you used it before?
– Elspeth for the Win