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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.

Apparently more spoilers are appearing, and these are actually cards I’m interested in, so here we go.

This guy just looks really bad ass. I’m not exactly sure if he needs to be a mythic rare, but a 6/6 flyer for 3BBB isn’t too bad. As he’s a demon, he has to be bad ass. He gives us another card with Morbid; at the beginning of each end step, if a creature died this turn, destroy target non-Demon creature. Now, as it’s a non-Demon creature, he won’t accidentally blow himself up. But the downside to his Morbid ability is the fact it’s mandatory. So if you’re not playing straight demons (which could happen, there’s a lot more cards in Innistrad) you might be destroying your own creatures if your opponent is out. However, I think he has a place; any Birthing Pod deck with black. Morbid is one of the greatest benefits that deck could take advantage of if the morbid abilities are good, and this is a fair enough one-of in Pod.

Mentor of the Meek is actually a pretty cool card. Star City Games is pre-ordering this card for 3 bucks a piece, meaning someone sees some promise in this guy. a 2W 2/2, he lets you draw a card when a creature with power 2 or less enters the battlefield if you pay 1 mana. Honestly, this guy’s pretty good. He could see play in Puresteel, letting you draw 2 for your living weapons (such as flayer husk and mortarpod). And, of course, other Mentor of the Meeks. Not to mention he’s a 2/2 himself, he’s not a wimp. All in all, he’s a good card.

Silent Departure is… well, unsummon. It’s unsummon with a flashback cost. A really, really expensive flashback cost for an unsummon. I’d rather play vapor snag, at least it does 1 damage.

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