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The Phyrexians Shall Rule - Billy Moreau (2/28/2011)

Midnight Magic can be so much fun and at the same time so nerve wracking. First you have the lack of sleep, then you have the lack of food. Who had the bright idea to do a midnight Magic tournament on a Thursday? Normally my work schedule does not allow me to attend these Midnight Releases but due to an unfortunate basketball injury last weekend (sprained ankle) I am out of work for a week and was able to attend the Midnight Release tournament for Mirrodin Besieged.

Going into the tournament I was expecting to draft one Scar
Scar
ScarSet: Shadowmoor
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
194
Artist:
Pete Venters
Text:
Put a -1/-1 counter on target creature.
s of Mirrodin and one of each of the Faction packs. I was mistaken. We drafted 1 Scar
Scar
ScarSet: Shadowmoor
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
194
Artist:
Pete Venters
Text:
Put a -1/-1 counter on target creature.
s of Mirrodin and 2 Mirrodin Besieged. Based on past Magic knowledge I assumed we would draft the Scar
Scar
ScarSet: Shadowmoor
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
194
Artist:
Pete Venters
Text:
Put a -1/-1 counter on target creature.
s pack first. Again I was mistaken. We drafted the Mirrodin Besieged first. Last weekend at the prerelease I went Phyrexia both days, leading to a split for first on Saturday (and 27 Phyrexian Faction packs) and doing horribly on Sunday (1-3 drop). Knowing this and knowing I am not a strong drafter I went into the draft looking for three things:

1- have fun
2- draft good cards
3- draft cards I want for my decks

These three strategies do not always work well together as I have many times taken a money rare over a card that could have won me a few games. Using these three strategies I drafted the following deck :

Spells ( 15):
1 Asceticism
Asceticism
AsceticismSet: Scars of Mirrodin
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
110
Artist:
Daarken
Text:
Creatures you control can't be the targets of spells or abilities your opponents control. {1}{G}: Regenerate target creature.

2 Burn the Impure
Burn the Impure
Burn the ImpureSet: Mirrodin Besieged
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
59
Artist:
Nic Klein
Text:
Burn the Impure deals 3 damage to target creature. If that creature has infect, Burn the Impure deals 3 damage to that creature's controller.

1 Cerebral Eruption
Cerebral Eruption
Cerebral EruptionSet: Scars of Mirrodin
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
86
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
Target opponent reveals the top card of his or her library. Cerebral Eruption deals damage equal to the revealed card's converted mana cost to that player and each creature he or she controls. If a land card is revealed this way, return Cerebral Eruption to its owner's hand.
(MVP of many games. It may be hit or miss but when it does 5 to my opponent and clears his board it's worth the risk, especially when it is a Pro Tour player.)
4 Concussive Bolt
Concussive Bolt
Concussive BoltSet: Mirrodin Besieged
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
60
Artist:
Johann Bodin
Text:
Concussive Bolt deals 4 damage to target player. Metalcraft — If you control three or more artifacts, creatures that player controls can't block this turn.
(is 4 too excessive?)
2 Copper Carapace
Copper Carapace
Copper CarapaceSet: Mirrodin Besieged
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Sub Type:
Equipment
Rarity:
C
Number:
102
Artist:
Franz Vohwinkel
Text:
Equipped creature gets +2/+2 and can't block. Equip {3} ({3}: Attach to target creature you control. Equip only as a sorcery.)

1 Ratchet Bomb
Ratchet Bomb
Ratchet BombSet: Scars of Mirrodin
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
196
Artist:
Austin Hsu
Text:
{T}: Put a charge counter on Ratchet Bomb. {T}, Sacrifice Ratchet Bomb: Destroy each nonland permanent with converted mana cost equal to the number of charge counters on Ratchet Bomb.

2 Spine of Ish Sah
Spine of Ish Sah
Spine of Ish SahSet: Mirrodin Besieged
Cost:
7
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
136
Artist:
Daniel Ljunggren
Text:
When Spine of Ish Sah enters the battlefield, destroy target permanent. When Spine of Ish Sah is put into a graveyard from the battlefield, return Spine of Ish Sah to its owner's hand.
(Why do I have this in here you are thinking)
2 Turn to Slag
Turn to Slag
Turn to SlagSet: Scars of Mirrodin
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
106
Artist:
Zoltan Boros & Gabor Szikszai
Text:
Turn to Slag deals 5 damage to target creature. Destroy all Equipment attached to that creature.
(I passed on one to take a Phyrexian Revoker
Phyrexian Revoker
Phyrexian RevokerSet: Mirrodin Besieged
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Horror
Rarity:
R
Number:
122
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
As Phyrexian Revoker enters the battlefield, name a nonland card. Activated abilities of sources with the chosen name can't be activated.
that I did not play)

Creatures ( 9):
1 Blisterstick Shaman
Blisterstick Shaman
Blisterstick ShamanSet: Mirrodin Besieged
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin Shaman
Rarity:
C
Number:
58
Artist:
Svetlin Velinov
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
When Blisterstick Shaman enters the battlefield, it deals 1 damage to target creature or player.

2 Gnathosaur
Gnathosaur
GnathosaurSet: Mirrodin Besieged
Cost:
6
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Lizard
Rarity:
C
Number:
63
Artist:
Jason Chan
Power:
5
Toughness:
4
Text:
Sacrifice an artifact: Gnathosaur gains trample until end of turn.
(Great with the Spine of Ish Sah
Spine of Ish Sah
Spine of Ish SahSet: Mirrodin Besieged
Cost:
7
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
136
Artist:
Daniel Ljunggren
Text:
When Spine of Ish Sah enters the battlefield, destroy target permanent. When Spine of Ish Sah is put into a graveyard from the battlefield, return Spine of Ish Sah to its owner's hand.
)
1 Melira's Keepers
Melira's Keepers
Melira's KeepersSet: Mirrodin Besieged
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Warrior
Rarity:
U
Number:
83
Artist:
Eric Deschamps
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Melira's Keepers can't have counters placed on it.
(greatly under-appreciated)
1 Plaguemaw Beast
Plaguemaw Beast
Plaguemaw BeastSet: Mirrodin Besieged
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
U
Number:
87
Artist:
Whit Brachna
Power:
4
Toughness:
3
Text:
{T}, Sacrifice a creature: Proliferate. (You choose any number of permanents and/or players with counters on them, then give each another counter of a kind already there.)
(I misread this thinking I could sac artifacts such as the Spine of Ish Sah
Spine of Ish Sah
Spine of Ish SahSet: Mirrodin Besieged
Cost:
7
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
136
Artist:
Daniel Ljunggren
Text:
When Spine of Ish Sah enters the battlefield, destroy target permanent. When Spine of Ish Sah is put into a graveyard from the battlefield, return Spine of Ish Sah to its owner's hand.
)
1 Tangle Mantis
Tangle Mantis
Tangle MantisSet: Mirrodin Besieged
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Insect
Rarity:
C
Number:
91
Artist:
Chris Rahn
Power:
3
Toughness:
4
Text:
Trample

1 Tel-Jilad Fallen
1 Viridian Corrupter
Viridian Corrupter
Viridian CorrupterSet: Mirrodin Besieged
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf Shaman
Rarity:
U
Number:
94
Artist:
Matt Cavotta
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Infect (This creature deals damage to creatures in the form of -1/-1 counters and to players in the form of poison counters.) When Viridian Corrupter enters the battlefield, destroy target artifact.
(very strong card)
1 Vulshok Replica
Vulshok Replica
Vulshok ReplicaSet: Scars of Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Berserker
Rarity:
C
Number:
221
Artist:
Zoltan Boros & Gabor Szikszai
Power:
3
Toughness:
1
Text:
{1}{R}, Sacrifice Vulshok Replica: Vulshok Replica deals 3 damage to target player.


Lands (17):
7 Forest
Forest
ForestSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add G to your mana pool.
s
10 Mountain
Mountain
MountainSet: Arabian Nights
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Tap to add R to your mana pool.
s

With this deck I went 4-1 winning 2nd place and 4 packs of Mirran Faction and 4 packs of Phyrexian Faction along with a few random FNM foils. It was 6am. So much for sleep.

After the Release tournament I went home to get 4 hours of sleep before getting ready for the Friday night Release tournament at another card shop. After last weekend at the Release tournament I had it set in my mind that I was going to choose the Mirran Faction knowing that we would be building our sealed deck out of 2 Scar
Scar
ScarSet: Shadowmoor
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
194
Artist:
Pete Venters
Text:
Put a -1/-1 counter on target creature.
s of Mirrodin and 3 Faction packs.

I again changed my mind when I was waiting to be offered the choice. I went Phyrexian Faction again. Here was my deck I drafted:

Spells (8):
1 Decimator Web
Decimator Web
Decimator WebSet: Mirrodin Besieged
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
105
Artist:
Daniel Ljunggren
Text:
{4}, {T}: Target opponent loses 2 life, gets a poison counter, then puts the top six cards of his or her library into his or her graveyard.
(only won me one game so I'm still out on this card)
1 Morbid Plunder
Morbid Plunder
Morbid PlunderSet: Mirrodin Besieged
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
47
Artist:
Mike Bierek
Text:
Return up to two target creature cards from your graveyard to your hand.
(such a great card with infect creatures!)
1 Pistus Strike
Pistus Strike
Pistus StrikeSet: Mirrodin Besieged
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
86
Artist:
Jaime Jones
Text:
Destroy target creature with flying. Its controller gets a poison counter.

1 Skinwing
Skinwing
SkinwingSet: Mirrodin Besieged
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Sub Type:
Equipment
Rarity:
U
Number:
133
Artist:
Igor Kieryluk
Text:
Living weapon (When this Equipment enters the battlefield, put a 0/0 black Germ creature token onto the battlefield, then attach this to it.) Equipped creature gets +2/+2 and has flying. Equip {6}
(living weapon!)
1 Spread the Sickness
Spread the Sickness
Spread the SicknessSet: Mirrodin Besieged
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
56
Artist:
Jaime Jones
Text:
Destroy target creature, then proliferate. (You choose any number of permanents and/or players with counters on them, then give each another counter of a kind already there.)
(a little overcosted for its ability. should have been an instant for 5 or cost one less but still great)
1 Strandwalker
Strandwalker
StrandwalkerSet: Mirrodin Besieged
Cost:
5
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Sub Type:
Equipment
Rarity:
U
Number:
137
Artist:
Igor Kieryluk
Text:
Living weapon (When this Equipment enters the battlefield, put a 0/0 black Germ creature token onto the battlefield, then attach this to it.) Equipped creature gets +2/+4 and has reach. Equip {4}
(living weapons are great!)
1 Trigon of Rage
Trigon of Rage
Trigon of RageSet: Scars of Mirrodin
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
216
Artist:
Marc Simonetti
Text:
Trigon of Rage enters the battlefield with three charge counters on it. {R}{R}, {T}: Put a charge counter on Trigon of Rage. {2}, {T}, Remove a charge counter from Trigon of Rage: Target creature gets +3/+0 until end of turn.
(more than once this card turned my 2/2 infect creatures into a powerhouse!)
1 Virulent Wound
Virulent Wound
Virulent WoundSet: Mirrodin Besieged
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
57
Artist:
Whit Brachna
Text:
Put a -1/-1 counter on target creature. When that creature is put into a graveyard this turn, its controller gets a poison counter.
(would have loved to have gotten more of these)

Creatures (16 ):
1 Acid Web Spider
Acid Web Spider
Acid Web SpiderSet: Scars of Mirrodin
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spider
Rarity:
U
Number:
108
Artist:
Austin Hsu
Power:
3
Toughness:
5
Text:
Reach When Acid Web Spider enters the battlefield, you may destroy target Equipment.

1 Blackcleave Goblin
Blackcleave Goblin
Blackcleave GoblinSet: Scars of Mirrodin
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin Zombie
Rarity:
C
Number:
54
Artist:
Nils Hamm
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Haste Infect (This creature deals damage to creatures in the form of -1/-1 counters and to players in the form of poison counters.)

1 Blight
Blight
BlightSet: Fourth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchant Land
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Pete Venters
Text:
If target land becomes tapped, destroy it at end of turn.
d2lkb3c= (some people had three of these MVP's I only had one)
1 Core Prowler
Core Prowler
Core ProwlerSet: Mirrodin Besieged
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Horror
Rarity:
U
Number:
103
Artist:
Dave Allsop
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Infect (This creature deals damage to creatures in the form of -1/-1 counters and to players in the form of poison counters.) When Core Prowler is put into a graveyard from the battlefield, proliferate. (You choose any number of permanents and/or players with counters on them, then give each another counter of a kind already there.)
(another great card with the proliferate ability and nice to recur)
1 Flesh-Eater Imp
Flesh-Eater Imp
Flesh-Eater ImpSet: Mirrodin Besieged
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Imp
Rarity:
U
Number:
42
Artist:
Johann Bodin
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying Infect (This creature deals damage to creatures in the form of -1/-1 counters and to players in the form of poison counters.) Sacrifice a creature: Flesh-Eater Imp gets +1/+1 until end of turn.

1 Ichorclaw Myr
Ichorclaw Myr
Ichorclaw MyrSet: Scars of Mirrodin
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Myr
Rarity:
C
Number:
166
Artist:
Eric Deschamps
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Infect (This creature deals damage to creatures in the form of -1/-1 counters and to players in the form of poison counters.) Whenever Ichorclaw Myr becomes blocked, it gets +2/+2 until end of turn.

1 Phyrexian Hydra
Phyrexian Hydra
Phyrexian HydraSet: Mirrodin Besieged
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Hydra
Rarity:
R
Number:
85
Artist:
Mike Bierek
Power:
7
Toughness:
7
Text:
Infect (This creature deals damage to creatures in the form of -1/-1 counters and to players in the form of poison counters.) If damage would be dealt to Phyrexian Hydra, prevent that damage. Put a -1/-1 counter on Phyrexian Hydra for each 1 damage prevented this way.
(good but even better when I can get it back from the dead!)
1 Plague Stinger
Plague Stinger
Plague StingerSet: Scars of Mirrodin
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Insect Horror
Rarity:
C
Number:
75
Artist:
Ryan Pancoast
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying Infect (This creature deals damage to creatures in the form of -1/-1 counters and to players in the form of poison counters.)

2 Rot Wolf
Rot Wolf
Rot WolfSet: Mirrodin Besieged
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wolf
Rarity:
C
Number:
90
Artist:
Nils Hamm
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Infect (This creature deals damage to creatures in the form of -1/-1 counters and to players in the form of poison counters.) Whenever a creature dealt damage by Rot Wolf this turn is put into a graveyard, you may draw a card.
(a common!!! this card rocks!!)
1 Scourge Servant
Scourge Servant
Scourge ServantSet: Mirrodin Besieged
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie
Rarity:
C
Number:
54
Artist:
Daarken
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Infect (This creature deals damage to creatures in the form of -1/-1 counters and to players in the form of poison counters.)

1 Skinrender
Skinrender
SkinrenderSet: Scars of Mirrodin
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie
Rarity:
U
Number:
78
Artist:
David Rapoza
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
When Skinrender enters the battlefield, put three -1/-1 counters on target creature.
(only saw him once out of all 5 rounds)
1 Sylvok Replica
Sylvok Replica
Sylvok ReplicaSet: Scars of Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Shaman
Rarity:
C
Number:
210
Artist:
Zoltan Boros & Gabor Szikszai
Power:
1
Toughness:
3
Text:
{G}, Sacrifice Sylvok Replica: Destroy target artifact or enchantment.
(necessary removal for artifacts and enchantments)
1 Tel-Jilad Fallen (this one held off an army of 2 Core Prowler
Core Prowler
Core ProwlerSet: Mirrodin Besieged
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Horror
Rarity:
U
Number:
103
Artist:
Dave Allsop
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Infect (This creature deals damage to creatures in the form of -1/-1 counters and to players in the form of poison counters.) When Core Prowler is put into a graveyard from the battlefield, proliferate. (You choose any number of permanents and/or players with counters on them, then give each another counter of a kind already there.)
s, 1 Plague Myr
Plague Myr
Plague MyrSet: Mirrodin Besieged
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Myr
Rarity:
U
Number:
125
Artist:
Efrem Palacios
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Infect (This creature deals damage to creatures in the form of -1/-1 counters and to players in the form of poison counters.) {T}: Add {1} to your mana pool.
, and 2 Myr tokens)
1 Viridian Corrupter
Viridian Corrupter
Viridian CorrupterSet: Mirrodin Besieged
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf Shaman
Rarity:
U
Number:
94
Artist:
Matt Cavotta
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Infect (This creature deals damage to creatures in the form of -1/-1 counters and to players in the form of poison counters.) When Viridian Corrupter enters the battlefield, destroy target artifact.
(great card!!)
1 Viridian Emissary
Viridian Emissary
Viridian EmissarySet: Mirrodin Besieged
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf Scout
Rarity:
C
Number:
95
Artist:
Matt Stewart
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
When Viridian Emissary is put into a graveyard from the battlefield, you may search your library for a basic land card, put it onto the battlefield tapped, then shuffle your library.
(would have liked more than one of this guy as well)

Land (17):
9 Forest
Forest
ForestSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add G to your mana pool.

8 Swamp
Swamp
SwampSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add B to your mana pool.


Another solid deck full of infect creatures. This deck led me to a 4-1 record as well as a 4th place finish and 4 packs of Mirrodin Besieged.

So my judgment on Mirrodin Besieged is to play Phyrexian Faction if you are playing a Sealed deck tournament. If you are drafting let the cards guide you. There are few money cards in the set so it is really easy to pass one up for a card that is playable.

Enjoy the drafting and sealed decks you will build over the next few months and let the Phyrexians win the battle!


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