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soulofnewphyrexia

 

Soul of New Phyrexia is a card I didn’t expect – while we had the other two spirits at the time spoiled (Soul of Zendikar and Soul of Ravnica), I was expecting it to be a 5 card cycle, one of each color.

And then we see this fantastic monstrosity taking up a colorless spot in the cycle.

Soul of New Phyrexia is 6 colorless for a 6/6 Avatar artifact creature with trample.

Right there already makes me love this card – being an artifact gives it a ton of versatility, and being colorless makes it playable enough to play in any colors. In addition, we have already seen the success of Wurmcoil Engine in Standard and Modern – the card is fantastic at the same card slot.

Now, we get to it’s “Soul” effect:

5: Permanents you control gain indestructible until end of turn.

Right there is pretty fantastic, as at 5 mana it can easily make itself indestructible along with all of your other permanents, and is very easy to sink mana into as it doesn’t have the colored requirements of the other spirits, allowing it to be playing in multi-color decks as well.

5, Exile this card from your graveyards: permanents you control gain indestructible until end of turn.

And also fantastic. An ability usable out of the graveyard to catch your opponents off guard is fantastic in any situation.

I’m excited to play this in my Commander decks, and I feel that it’ll be a lot of fun to drop on the table time after time.

Until next time,

-SolemnParty

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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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