Category: New Phyrexia


Phyrexian Obliterator - MTG - New Phyrexia

Phyrexian Obliterator was a feared card when New Phyrexia was being announced, yet it hasn’t seen a single top at any Standard event (and only saw limited success in a few top decks in Legacy for a week or so after New Phyrexia’s release) despite what this card should’ve been able to do in Constructed. ElspethFTW praised it before the set was released.

However, as was discussed on the Magic Show, it’s obvious what happened to it. Dismember.

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Dismember is being hailed as both a great card and a horrific mistake by R&D and Design; Dismember destroyed the color pie and will haunt the game unless it’s banned or outclassed; and this isn’t a card I want to see outclassed. Personally, Dismember has made the game worse as it makes a lot of creative decks (like Phyrexian Obliterator or Geth, Lord of the Vault, and anything with 5/5 or lower) meaning that things like Primeval Titan, Sun Titan, and Consecrated Sphinx rule the format of large creatures, while the rest of the format is things like Squadron Hawk, too little to be a lot of a threat, but ends up used on them regardless.

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2 life and a mana to pump out a creature whose converted mana cost is the sacrificed creature’s converted mana cost +1. Just… wow. Birthing Pod didn’t see much play when Jace and Stoneforge were running around ruining the format, but now with a bit more creativity in the format (alright, so Cawblade is still winning a large percentage of the format) Birthing Pod is seeing play, and a bit of success, at least at FNM’s and Local tournaments. However, this -is- Commanding Opinion, and I have to say, it’s a damn good card in Commander as well, albeit one copy being difficult to hit in a 99 card deck. Voltaic Key lets you pod twice in both Commander and Legacy (but I have a feeling you won’t play Pod in Legacy), letting your Birds of Paradise horrifically mutate into a Blade Splicer or whatever CMC 3 card fits your fancy.

All in all, I believe that Birthing Pod is a great card, and I think it’ll see a good amount of play in Standard after the rotation and downfall of Cawblade; though Venser may take the reins as the Blue/White Control Deck in the format.

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