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New Phyrexia Drafting Techniques - John Mourino (6/21/2011)

The new 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 block can provide a challenge for both veteran drafters and new drafters especially with Wizards’ brand new mechanic, infect. Remember when you lost to a turn 6 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.)
/Untamed Might
Untamed Might
Untamed MightSet: Scars of Mirrodin
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
131
Artist:
Erica Yang
Text:
Target creature gets +X/+X until end of turn.
combo? Lets be honest, games ending early can be frusturating for anyone, especially when you’re unable to put up a fight, but New Phyrexia intends to fix this by introducing more strategy and more interesting cards to choose from. The poison cards in the new set are more powerful but also more expensive, the new removal cards are more versatile, and Wizards introduced stronger bombs that will have an impact on the board. Removal is critical in any set but its doubly important in New Phyrexia, especially when sometimes you’ll have to play against decks containing Batterskull
Batterskull
BatterskullSet: New Phyrexia
Cost:
5
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Sub Type:
Equipment
Rarity:
M
Number:
130
Artist:
Mark Zug
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 +4/+4 and has vigilance and lifelink. {3}: Return Batterskull to its owner's hand. Equip {5}
or Sheoldred. In this article, I’m go through some of the cards that I feel are underrated and give my opinion on their tier capability.


Act of Aggression
Act of Aggression
Act of AggressionSet: New Phyrexia
Cost:
13
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
78
Artist:
Whit Brachna
Text:
({(r/p)} can be paid with either {R} or 2 life.) Gain control of target creature an opponent controls until end of turn. Untap that creature. It gains haste until end of turn.
– This card can easily be described as one of the best cards in the format simply because it is splashable in every deck, and you’ll be able to 2 for 1 your opponent in most cases (during declare attack step, take 1 of their attackers and block with it). Should take this card over some rares in the format. 1-2nd pick

Apostle’s Blessing
Blessing
BlessingSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Julie Baroh
Text:
W: +1/+1
– This card should never be underestimated, a combat trick for 1 mana is really good in my book, I could easily see myself running 1 or 2 of these as it can allow you to get through lethal damage or force your opponent to lose a creature when he was looking to trade. Can start picking these 5th pick or later.

Artillerize
Artillerize
ArtillerizeSet: New Phyrexia
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
79
Artist:
Johann Bodin
Text:
As an additional cost to cast Artillerize, sacrifice an artifact or creature. Artillerize deals 5 damage to target creature or player.
- An amazing finisher, especially with Mortis Dogs
Mortis Dogs
Mortis DogsSet: New Phyrexia
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Hound
Rarity:
C
Number:
66
Artist:
Chippy
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Whenever Mortis Dogs attacks, it gets +2/+0 until end of turn. When Mortis Dogs is put into a graveyard from the battlefield, target player loses life equal to its power.
or Myr Sire
Myr Sire
Myr SireSet: Mirrodin Besieged
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Myr
Rarity:
C
Number:
116
Artist:
Jaime Jones
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
When Myr Sire is put into a graveyard from the battlefield, put a 1/1 colorless Myr artifact creature token onto the battlefield.
s. 4-8th pick depending on direction of deck.

Arm with Aether – This card could have been better. Sigil of Sleep
Sigil of Sleep
Sigil of SleepSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
46
Artist:
Greg & Tim Hildebrandt
Text:
Whenever enchanted creature deals damage to a player, return target creature that player controls to its owner's hand.
was good back in Urza
Urza
UrzaSet: Vanguard
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Character
Rarity:
X
Number:
7
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Power:
-1
Toughness:
+10
Text:
3: Urza deals one damage to target creature or player.
’s Legacy, but this card is too dependent on building a deck with mostly evasion creatures. 11-12th pick

Auriok Survivors
Auriok Survivors
Auriok SurvivorsSet: New Phyrexia
Cost:
6
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Soldier
Rarity:
U
Number:
3
Artist:
James Ryman
Power:
4
Toughness:
6
Text:
When Auriok Survivors enters the battlefield, you may return target Equipment card from your graveyard to the battlefield. If you do, you may attach it to Auriok Survivors.
– Not much of a keeper. I usually don’t like running more than 3 equipment in a deck for consistency (unless they are all living weapons). This card is no Razor Hippogriff
Razor Hippogriff
Razor HippogriffSet: Scars of Mirrodin
Cost:
5
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Hippogriff
Rarity:
U
Number:
17
Artist:
David Rapoza
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying When Razor Hippogriff enters the battlefield, return target artifact card from your graveyard to your hand. You gain life equal to that card's converted mana cost.
and thus I would recommend as sideboard material. 11-12th pick.


Birthing Pod
Birthing Pod
Birthing PodSet: New Phyrexia
Cost:
8
Color:
Green
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
104
Artist:
Daarken
Text:
({(g/p)} can be paid with either {G} or 2 life.) {1}{(g/p)}, {T}, Sacrifice a creature: Search your library for a creature card with converted mana cost equal to 1 plus the sacrificed creature's converted mana cost, put that card onto the battlefield, then shuffle your library. Activate this ability only any time you could cast a sorcery.
– A good card, but the sorcery speed restriction is unfortunate. It's best with splicers since you can sacrifice the 1/1s for something better. Wouldn’t 1st pick it, maybe 5-6th pick since its worth a couple of bucks.

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.
ZWQgQWdlbnQ= – Shines in an infect deck, but shines even better with equipments like Darksteel Axe
Darksteel Axe
Darksteel AxeSet: Scars of Mirrodin
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Sub Type:
Equipment
Rarity:
U
Number:
149
Artist:
Daniel Ljunggren
Text:
Darksteel Axe is indestructible. (Effects that say "destroy" don't destroy it.) Equipped creature gets +2/+0. Equip {2}
. Can easily eat opponent's removal that was being saved for better creatures. 3-5th if infect, 9-11 if not infect.

Blind Zealot
Blind Zealot
Blind ZealotSet: New Phyrexia
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Cleric
Rarity:
C
Number:
52
Artist:
Jana Schirmer & Johannes Voss
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Intimidate (This creature can't be blocked except by artifact creatures and/or creatures that share a color with it.) Whenever Blind Zealot deals combat damage to a player, you may sacrifice it. If you do, destroy target creature that player controls.
– I was excited when I first saw this guy, but to my dismay I realize that there are a lot of random 3/3 artifacts in this format. Nevertheless, this card is a staple in any black deck. 4-5th pick

Blinding Souleater
Blinding Souleater
Blinding SouleaterSet: New Phyrexia
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
C
Number:
131
Artist:
Igor Kieryluk
Power:
1
Toughness:
3
Text:
{(w/p)}, {T}: Tap target creature. ({(w/p)} can be paid with either {W} or 2 life.)
– This card is absolutely amazing even if you aren’t white, pick these bad boys early because you can still pay 2 life rather than take 5 from a Fangren Marauder
Fangren Marauder
Fangren MarauderSet: Mirrodin Besieged
Cost:
6
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
79
Artist:
James Ryman
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
Whenever an artifact is put into a graveyard from the battlefield, you may gain 5 life.
. Or you can pay the 2 life easily versus infect. Besides, it helps with metalcraft. 3-5th pick.

Brutalizer Exarch
Brutalizer Exarch
Brutalizer ExarchSet: New Phyrexia
Cost:
6
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
U
Number:
105
Artist:
Mark Zug
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
When Brutalizer Exarch enters the battlefield, choose one — Search your library for a creature card, reveal it, then shuffle your library and put that card on top of it; or put target noncreature permanent on the bottom of its owner's library.
– This guy is actually pretty good. Tutors are amazing in a format that’s bomb oriented. Play this guy out turn 6 and tutoring for your best beater is usually the best way to use this guy. Its second ability is randomly good in some games as well. 5-7th pick.


Caged Sun
Caged Sun
Caged SunSet: New Phyrexia
Cost:
6
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
132
Artist:
Scott Chou
Text:
As Caged Sun enters the battlefield, choose a color. Creatures you control of the chosen color get +1/+1. Whenever a land's ability adds one or more mana of the chosen color to your mana pool, add one additional mana of that color to your mana pool.
– I would pick this card if I had an Exsanguinate
Exsanguinate
ExsanguinateSet: Scars of Mirrodin
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
61
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Text:
Each opponent loses X life. You gain life equal to the life lost this way.
or intended a pick up an Exsanguinate
Exsanguinate
ExsanguinateSet: Scars of Mirrodin
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
61
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Text:
Each opponent loses X life. You gain life equal to the life lost this way.
. It's still kinda weak in the format. 7-10th pick.

Caress of Phyrexia
Caress of Phyrexia
Caress of PhyrexiaSet: New Phyrexia
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
53
Artist:
Karl Kopinski
Text:
Target player draws three cards, loses 3 life, and gets three poison counters.
– Its good in infect to get through those last 3 poison counters. I’ve also used it on myself a couple of times to draw 3 cards. 4-6th if infect, 6-10th if not infect.

Cathedral Membrane
Cathedral Membrane
Cathedral MembraneSet: New Phyrexia
Cost:
6
Color:
White
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Wall
Rarity:
U
Number:
5
Artist:
Richard Whitters
Power:
0
Toughness:
3
Text:
({(w/p)} can be paid with either {W} or 2 life.) Defender When Cathedral Membrane is put into a graveyard from the battlefield during combat, it deals 6 damage to each creature it blocked this combat.
– This is a good card - it's 2 mana removal. Don’t forget the way it's worded that it needs to be put into your graveyard DURING COMBAT to deal the 6 damage, so you can sacrifice to Rusted Slasher
Rusted Slasher
Rusted SlasherSet: Mirrodin Besieged
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Horror
Rarity:
C
Number:
128
Artist:
Adrian Smith
Power:
4
Toughness:
1
Text:
Sacrifice an artifact: Regenerate Rusted Slasher.
or Artillerize
Artillerize
ArtillerizeSet: New Phyrexia
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
79
Artist:
Johann Bodin
Text:
As an additional cost to cast Artillerize, sacrifice an artifact or creature. Artillerize deals 5 damage to target creature or player.
to get more value out of it after you have it block something. 5-7th pick.

Chained Throatseeker
Chained Throatseeker
Chained ThroatseekerSet: New Phyrexia
Cost:
6
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Horror
Rarity:
C
Number:
30
Artist:
Stephan Martiniere
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
Infect (This creature deals damage to creatures in the form of -1/-1 counters and to players in the form of poison counters.) Chained Throatseeker can't attack unless defending player is poisoned.
– A 5/5 infect with a less punishing drawback than Phyrexian Juggernaut
Phyrexian Juggernaut
Phyrexian JuggernautSet: Mirrodin Besieged
Cost:
6
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Juggernaut
Rarity:
U
Number:
121
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
Infect (This creature deals damage to creatures in the form of -1/-1 counters and to players in the form of poison counters.) Phyrexian Juggernaut attacks each turn if able.
, especially when combined with 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.
ZWQgQWdlbnQ=s or Viral Drake
Viral Drake
Viral DrakeSet: New Phyrexia
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Drake
Rarity:
U
Number:
49
Artist:
Lars Grant-West
Power:
1
Toughness:
4
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.) {3}{U}: 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. 5-9th pick if infect

Chancellors – All the Chancellors are bombs, it doesn’t matter if their reveal ability seems lackluster. For example, the green Chancellor’s reveal is weak, but a 6/7 reach in this format can kill a lot and the vigilance is just the icing. All the chancellors are good and 1st pickable.

Conversion Chamber
Conversion Chamber
Conversion ChamberSet: New Phyrexia
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
133
Artist:
Anthony Francisco
Text:
{2}, {T}: Exile target artifact card from a graveyard. Put a charge counter on Conversion Chamber. {2}, {T}, Remove a charge counter from Conversion Chamber: Put a 3/3 colorless Golem artifact creature token onto the battlefield.
– I thought this was a bomb the first time I saw this, but the fact that it doesn’t do anything when you play it is a drawback. Still it pumps out 3/3s which is good in this format. 5-9th pick depending on artifact count.

Corrosive Gale
Corrosive Gale
Corrosive GaleSet: New Phyrexia
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
107
Artist:
Dan Scott
Text:
({(g/p)} can be paid with either {G} or 2 life.) Corrosive Gale deals X damage to each creature with flying.
– An excellent sideboard card against a deck with multiple fliers and it’s splashable as well. I’ve seen this card go last pick once. Definitely deserves 5-10th pick at least.

Corrupted Resolve
Corrupted Resolve
Corrupted ResolveSet: New Phyrexia
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
32
Artist:
Greg Staples
Text:
Counter target spell if its controller is poisoned.
– A useful card to have when you have infect creatures. 2 mana counterspells are never bad. 4-6th pick if infect.


Death-Hood Cobra
Death-Hood Cobra
Death-Hood CobraSet: New Phyrexia
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Snake
Rarity:
C
Number:
108
Artist:
Jason Felix
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
{1}{G}: Death-Hood Cobra gains reach until end of turn. (It can block creatures with flying.) {1}{G}: Death-Hood Cobra gains deathtouch until end of turn. (Any amount of damage it deals to a creature is enough to destroy it.)
– an excellent blocker, unfortunately you need to hold 4 mana open to kill a large flier but it’s a good card nonetheless. 5-8th pick.

Deceiver Exarch
Deceiver Exarch
Deceiver ExarchSet: New Phyrexia
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
U
Number:
33
Artist:
Izzy
Power:
1
Toughness:
4
Text:
Flash (You may cast this spell any time you could cast an instant.) When Deceiver Exarch enters the battlefield, choose one — Untap target permanent you control; or tap target permanent an opponent controls.
– An excellent filler card if blue, not the strongest of cards but preventing some damage from their big creature is never a bad thing. 8-12th pick.

Dementia Bat
Dementia Bat
Dementia BatSet: New Phyrexia
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bat
Rarity:
C
Number:
55
Artist:
Daarken
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying {4}{B}, Sacrifice Dementia Bat: Target player discards two cards.
s – Not the worst card in a color that lacks flying. With that being said, this guy should have been a 3/3 at least. 8-12th pick.

Despise
Despise
DespiseSet: New Phyrexia
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
56
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Text:
Target opponent reveals his or her hand. You choose a creature or planeswalker card from it. That player discards that card.
– This card is good and is used in Standard as well so it's actually worth something. At worst it’s a dead draw, but on average it will remove a 4 or 5 drop creature from their hand. 4-7th pick.

Dismember
Dismember
DismemberSet: New Phyrexia
Cost:
11
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
57
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Text:
({(b/p)} can be paid with either {B} or 2 life.) Target creature gets -5/-5 until end of turn.
– Excellent black removal that can be splashed. 1-3rd pickable depending on contents of pack.

Dispatch
Dispatch
DispatchSet: New Phyrexia
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
7
Artist:
Erica Yang
Text:
Tap target creature. Metalcraft — If you control three or more artifacts, exile that creature.
– Removal in metalcraft. Unfortunately, the drawback with this type of card is that it's only good in the right deck kind of like Corrupted Resolve
Corrupted Resolve
Corrupted ResolveSet: New Phyrexia
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
32
Artist:
Greg Staples
Text:
Counter target spell if its controller is poisoned.
. So picking this up early is always a risk. Of course seeing this card 6-12th pick when you have a bunch of artifacts is best case scenario.

Due Respect
Due Respect
Due RespectSet: New Phyrexia
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
8
Artist:
James Ryman
Text:
Permanents enter the battlefield tapped this turn. Draw a card.
– Best case scenario is when you Time Walk
Time Walk
Time WalkSet: Alpha
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Amy Weber
Text:
Take an extra turn after this one.
your opponent. Worst case scenario is when you Time Walk
Time Walk
Time WalkSet: Alpha
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Amy Weber
Text:
Take an extra turn after this one.
yourself. Still cyclers are never bad.


Fresh Meat
Fresh Meat
Fresh MeatSet: New Phyrexia
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
109
Artist:
Dave Allsop
Text:
Put a 3/3 green Beast creature token onto the battlefield for each creature put into your graveyard from the battlefield this turn.
– This card can be randomly good, but it's kind of situational. Getting 2 3/3s or more out of this card will happen maybe once out of 5 or 6 times. I’d say 6-9th pick.

Furnace Scamp
Furnace Scamp
Furnace ScampSet: New Phyrexia
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
84
Artist:
Karl Kopinski
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Whenever Furnace Scamp deals combat damage to a player, you may sacrifice it. If you do, Furnace Scamp deals 3 damage to that player.
– Normally 1/1s are really bad, and this guy is …. pretty bad. Best case scenario is him turn 1, and your opponent not having a creature until turn 4.


Geosurge
Geosurge
GeosurgeSet: New Phyrexia
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
85
Artist:
Igor Kieryluk
Text:
Add {R}{R}{R}{R}{R}{R}{R} to your mana pool. Spend this mana only to cast artifact or creature spells.
– This card is unplayable since you need to be mono red. However, if I was able to draft that archetype, this card could pump out 7 drops early which seems reasonable.

Geth’s Verdict – Another black staple but it unfortunately gets countered by splicers and token generators. Worst case, it’s a dead draw until you’re able to kill some of your opponent's creatures. 3-7th pick.

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Probe
ProbeSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
66
Artist:
Eric Peterson
Text:
Kicker 1B (You may pay an additional 1B as you play this spell.)Draw three cards, then discard two cards from your hand.If you paid the kicker cost, target player discards two cards from his or her hand.
– In a bomb oriented format, cyclers are never bad. 8-11th pick.

Glissa’s Scorn – This card is pretty good. 2 mana removal is always good in my book. 4-7th pick.

Glistening Oil
Glistening Oil
Glistening OilSet: New Phyrexia
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
R
Number:
62
Artist:
Steven Belledin
Text:
Enchant creature Enchanted creature has infect. At the beginning of your upkeep, put a -1/-1 counter on enchanted creature. When Glistening Oil is put into a graveyard from the battlefield, return Glistening Oil to its owner's hand.
– I actually like this card. In a game where the board has stalemated, this card will win you the game. In a sense, this card can also give you a total of 30 life. 5-8th pick.

Greenhilt Trainee
Greenhilt Trainee
Greenhilt TraineeSet: New Phyrexia
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf Warrior
Rarity:
U
Number:
112
Artist:
Chris Rahn
Power:
2
Toughness:
3
Text:
{T}: Target creature gets +4/+4 until end of turn. Activate this ability only if Greenhilt Trainee's power is 4 or greater.
– Definitely not as good as Bloodshot Trainee
Bloodshot Trainee
Bloodshot TraineeSet: Future Sight
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin Warrior
Rarity:
U
Number:
110
Artist:
Lucio Parrillo
Power:
2
Toughness:
3
Text:
T Bloodshot Trainee deals 4 damage to target creature. Play this ability only if Bloodshot Trainee's power is 4 or greater.
, and Bloodshot Trainee
Bloodshot Trainee
Bloodshot TraineeSet: Future Sight
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin Warrior
Rarity:
U
Number:
110
Artist:
Lucio Parrillo
Power:
2
Toughness:
3
Text:
T Bloodshot Trainee deals 4 damage to target creature. Play this ability only if Bloodshot Trainee's power is 4 or greater.
had a huge drawback. Obviously, it's amazing with the right equipment but that’s not going to happen every game. 6-10th pick.

Gremlin Mine
Gremlin Mine
Gremlin MineSet: New Phyrexia
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
C
Number:
136
Artist:
Matt Stewart
Text:
{1}, {T}, Sacrifice Gremlin Mine: Gremlin Mine deals 4 damage to target artifact creature. {1}, {T}, Sacrifice Gremlin Mine: Remove up to four charge counters from target noncreature artifact.
– Good removal and it's always pretty useful versus decks that run shrines. 4-8th pick.

Grim Affliction
Grim Affliction
Grim AfflictionSet: New Phyrexia
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
63
Artist:
Erica Yang
Text:
Put a -1/-1 counter on 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.)
– This is pretty good black removal. Its proliferate ability can be randomly good too depending on the board. 3-7th pick.

Gut Shot
Gut Shot
Gut ShotSet: New Phyrexia
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
86
Artist:
Greg Staples
Text:
({(r/p)} can be paid with either {R} or 2 life.) Gut Shot deals 1 damage to target creature or player.
– Combat trick, but mostly sideboard to kill your opponent's x/1 creatures. 5-10th pick.


Hex Parasite
Hex Parasite
Hex ParasiteSet: New Phyrexia
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Insect
Rarity:
R
Number:
137
Artist:
Raymond Swanland
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
{X}{(b/p)}: Remove up to X counters from target permanent. For each counter removed this way, Hex Parasite gets +1/+0 until end of turn. ({(b/p)} can be paid with either {B} or 2 life.)
– It's pretty bad in draft, but hey its worth some money so might as well pick it up.

Hovermyr
Hovermyr
HovermyrSet: New Phyrexia
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Myr
Rarity:
C
Number:
138
Artist:
Dan Scott
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying, vigilance
Vigilance
Vigilance
VigilanceSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
49
Artist:
Tsutomu Kawade
Text:
Enchanted creature has vigilance. (Attacking doesn't cause it to tap.)
shouldn’t be underestimated in draft. Prevents your opponent's x/1 creatures from attacking. For the best, best case scenario you equip it with something that adds power. 5-11th pick.


Ichor Explosion
Ichor Explosion
Ichor ExplosionSet: New Phyrexia
Cost:
7
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
64
Artist:
James Ryman
Text:
As an additional cost to cast Ichor Explosion, sacrifice a creature. All creatures get -X/-X until end of turn, where X is the sacrificed creature's power.
– The best case scenario of this card that I’ve ever seen is sacrificing Toxic Nim
Toxic Nim
Toxic NimSet: New Phyrexia
Cost:
6
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie
Rarity:
C
Number:
75
Artist:
Karl Kopinski
Power:
4
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.) {B}: Regenerate Toxic Nim.
that was being enchanted with Parasitic Implant
Parasitic Implant
Parasitic ImplantSet: New Phyrexia
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
C
Number:
67
Artist:
Jason Felix
Text:
Enchant creature At the beginning of your upkeep, enchanted creature's controller sacrifices it and you put a 1/1 colorless Myr artifact creature token onto the battlefield.
to destroy 3 of his opponent's creatures. (In this case, that is a 4 for 2 trade which is amazing). I would rate this 4th to 7th pick.

Immolating Souleater
Immolating Souleater
Immolating SouleaterSet: New Phyrexia
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Hound
Rarity:
C
Number:
139
Artist:
Austin Hsu
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
{(r/p)}: Immolating Souleater gets +1/+0 until end of turn. ({(r/p)} can be paid with either {R} or 2 life.)
– This card is good, especially against infect. Feels good to go down to 2 life to pump this guy to be a 12/1 after declare blockers. Of course, its greatest weakness is that it's vulnerable to removable and blocked by weak creatures such as Hovermyr
Hovermyr
HovermyrSet: New Phyrexia
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Myr
Rarity:
C
Number:
138
Artist:
Dan Scott
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying, vigilance
, tokens, etc. 5th to 11th pick.

Implaler Shrike – It's interesting whenever I play this card because if I’m able to connect with my opponent, I always carefully think about whether or not I should sacrifice him. Don’t be afraid to sacrifice it to draw 3 cards, you lose a 3/1 true but the three cards allows you to hit land drops that in turn lets you play your business spells. 4th to 7th pick.

Inquisitor Exarch
Inquisitor Exarch
Inquisitor ExarchSet: New Phyrexia
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
U
Number:
12
Artist:
Igor Kieryluk
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Inquisitor Exarch enters the battlefield, choose one — You gain 2 life; or target opponent loses 2 life.
– This guy is okay, but nothing special. 6th -10th pick.

Insatiable Souleater
Insatiable Souleater
Insatiable SouleaterSet: New Phyrexia
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
140
Artist:
Dave Kendall
Power:
5
Toughness:
1
Text:
{(g/p)}: Insatiable Souleater gains trample until end of turn. ({(g/p)} can be paid with either {G} or 2 life.)
– This guy is so bad. 8th – 12th pick.

Invader Parasite
Invader Parasite
Invader ParasiteSet: New Phyrexia
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Insect
Rarity:
R
Number:
87
Artist:
Volkan Baga
Power:
3
Toughness:
2
Text:
Imprint — When Invader Parasite enters the battlefield, exile target land. Whenever a land with the same name as the exiled card enters the battlefield under an opponent's control, Invader Parasite deals 2 damage to that player.
– I wouldn’t take this guy 1st pick, but I suppose Galvanoth
Galvanoth
GalvanothSet: Mirrodin Besieged
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
R
Number:
62
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, you may look at the top card of your library. If it's an instant or sorcery card, you may cast it without paying its mana cost.
from Besieged was so much worse. 7th – 10th pick.

Isolation Cell
Isolation Cell
Isolation CellSet: New Phyrexia
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
141
Artist:
Adrian Smith
Text:
Whenever an opponent casts a creature spell, that player loses 2 life unless he or she pays {2}.
– This card is not really that good. 13-14th pick


Jin-Gitaxias, Core Augur
Jin-Gitaxias, Core Augur
Jin-Gitaxias, Core AugurSet: New Phyrexia
Cost:
10
Color:
Blue
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Praetor
Rarity:
M
Number:
37
Artist:
Eric Deschamps
Power:
5
Toughness:
4
Text:
Flash At the beginning of your end step, draw seven cards. Each opponent's maximum hand size is reduced by seven.
– The only non-1st pick praetor. In fact, it’s the only unplayable praetor, but whatever at least it's worth $1.50.

Jor Kadeen, The Prevailer – I’m including this guy because I’ve seen him passed because people didn’t want to be locked into 2 colors as well as metalcraft. Don’t underestimate this guy, hes good without metalcraft. The color requirements are annoying, but he’s stronger than all of the chancellors. 1st pick.


Karn Liberated
Karn Liberated
Karn LiberatedSet: New Phyrexia
Cost:
7
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Planeswalker
Sub Type:
Karn
Rarity:
M
Number:
1
Artist:
Jason Chan
Text:
+4: Target player exiles a card from his or her hand. -3: Exile target permanent. -14: Restart the game, leaving in exile all non-Aura permanent cards exiled with Karn Liberated. Then put those cards onto the battlefield under your control.
– Obviously 1st pick and worth money. The only reason I’m including him on this list is because I’ve seen people just concede to him immediately even before the game was actually over. Hes strong and annoying to deal with, but stick it out if your opponent plays him.

Kiln Walker
Kiln Walker
Kiln WalkerSet: New Phyrexia
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Construct
Rarity:
U
Number:
142
Artist:
Volkan Baga
Power:
0
Toughness:
3
Text:
Whenever Kiln Walker attacks, it gets +3/+0 until end of turn.
– This little guy is pretty good. Forces you to race your opponent, but that’s not always a bad thing, especially if you know your opponent has some problematic cards in his deck. 5-9th pick.


Lashwrithe
Lashwrithe
LashwritheSet: New Phyrexia
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Sub Type:
Equipment
Rarity:
R
Number:
143
Artist:
Jason Felix
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 +1/+1 for each Swamp you control. Equip {(b/p){(b/p)} ({(b/p)} can be paid with either {B} or 2 life.)
– 1st pick hands down

Leeching Bite
Leeching Bite
Leeching BiteSet: New Phyrexia
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
113
Artist:
Cos Koniotis
Text:
Target creature gets +1/+1 until end of turn. Another target creature gets -1/-1 until end of turn.
– I’ve seen people get a lot of value out of this card. It's especially good when combo'd with 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.
. 5-8th pick.

Life’s Finale – Obvious 1st pick, but beware of Remember the Fallen
Remember the Fallen
Remember the FallenSet: New Phyrexia
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
21
Artist:
Eric Deschamps
Text:
Choose one or both — Return target creature card from your graveyard to your hand; and/or return target artifact card from your graveyard to your hand.
or 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.
. If you suspect graveyard recursion is in your opponent’s hand, don’t search out the bombs.

Lost Leonin
Lost Leonin
Lost LeoninSet: New Phyrexia
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cat Soldier
Rarity:
C
Number:
13
Artist:
Min Yum
Power:
2
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.)
- This guy can be annoying to deal with. Getting him out turn 2 on the play can usually net 4 infect easily. He gets a lot better with equipment. 4-8th pick if infect.

Loxodon Convert
Loxodon Convert
Loxodon ConvertSet: New Phyrexia
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elephant Soldier
Rarity:
C
Number:
14
Artist:
Adrian Smith
Power:
4
Toughness:
2
– This guy isn’t bad. Not 1st pickable but not a bad filler card. 6-9th pick.


Marrow Shards
Marrow Shards
Marrow ShardsSet: New Phyrexia
Cost:
5
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
15
Artist:
Raymond Swanland
Text:
({(w/p)} can be paid with either {W} or 2 life.) Marrow Shards deals 1 damage to each attacking creature.
– I’ve never seen this card do more than trade 1 for 1 with an opponent. This is an obvious sideboard card. 7-10th pick.

Master Splicer
Master Splicer
Master SplicerSet: New Phyrexia
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Artificer
Rarity:
U
Number:
16
Artist:
Chippy
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
When Master Splicer enters the battlefield, put a 3/3 colorless Golem artifact creature token onto the battlefield. Golem creatures you control get +1/+1.
– This guy is good, the only drawback is he’s shut down by VmFwb3IgSnag
Snag
SnagSet: Prophecy
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
124
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Text:
You may discard a forest from your hand instead of paying Snag's mana cost. Prevent all combat damage that would be dealt by unblocked creatures this turn.
or other spells that return permanents. 3-5th pick.

Maul Splicer
Maul Splicer
Maul SplicerSet: New Phyrexia
Cost:
7
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Artificer
Rarity:
C
Number:
114
Artist:
Jason Chan
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
When Maul Splicer enters the battlefield, put two 3/3 colorless Golem artifact creature tokens onto the battlefield. Golem creatures you control have trample.
– This guy gives a lot for 7 mana. Even stronger with cards like 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.
. 5-9th pick.
Melira, Sylvok Outcast
Melira, Sylvok Outcast
Melira, Sylvok OutcastSet: New Phyrexia
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Human Scout
Rarity:
R
Number:
115
Artist:
Min Yum
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
You can't get poison counters. Creatures you control can't have -1/-1 counters placed on them. Creatures your opponents control lose infect.
– It’s a 2 drop worst case, best case it shuts down your opponent's infect creatures. Besides, it's worth a couple bucks.

Mental Misstep
Mental Misstep
Mental MisstepSet: New Phyrexia
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
38
Artist:
Erica Yang
Text:
({(u/p)} can be paid with either {U} or 2 life.) Counter target spell with converted mana cost 1.
– Money is the only reason to take this card.

Mindcrank
Mindcrank
MindcrankSet: New Phyrexia
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
144
Artist:
Chris Rahn
Text:
Whenever an opponent loses life, that player puts that many cards from the top of his or her library into his or her graveyard. (Damage dealt by sources without infect causes loss of life.)
– Not that good, unless you want to sideboard it in versus Batterskull
Batterskull
BatterskullSet: New Phyrexia
Cost:
5
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Sub Type:
Equipment
Rarity:
M
Number:
130
Artist:
Mark Zug
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 +4/+4 and has vigilance and lifelink. {3}: Return Batterskull to its owner's hand. Equip {5}
. 11-14th pick.

Mindculling
Mindculling
MindcullingSet: New Phyrexia
Cost:
6
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
39
Artist:
Cos Koniotis
Text:
You draw two cards and target opponent discards two cards.
– Don’t be fooled, this card is good. If you are able to get this off on turn 6, you're effectively removing 2 threats from your opponent's hand and giving yourself more answers. 5-10th pick.

Moltensteel Dragon
Moltensteel Dragon
Moltensteel DragonSet: New Phyrexia
Cost:
14
Color:
Red
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Dragon
Rarity:
R
Number:
88
Artist:
James Ryman
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
({(r/p)} can be paid with either {R} or 2 life.) Flying {(r/p)}: Moltensteel Dragon gets +1/+0 until end of turn.
– I’d play this in a deck with only 1 mountain. Hell, I’d throw in an extra mountain. 4/4 flyers are not to be trifled with. 1st pick.

Mortis Dogs
Mortis Dogs
Mortis DogsSet: New Phyrexia
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Hound
Rarity:
C
Number:
66
Artist:
Chippy
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Whenever Mortis Dogs attacks, it gets +2/+0 until end of turn. When Mortis Dogs is put into a graveyard from the battlefield, target player loses life equal to its power.
– This card is absolutely amazing especially combined with Artillerize
Artillerize
ArtillerizeSet: New Phyrexia
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
79
Artist:
Johann Bodin
Text:
As an additional cost to cast Artillerize, sacrifice an artifact or creature. Artillerize deals 5 damage to target creature or player.
or equipment. Don’t forget that infect creatures will actually reduce its power before it hits the graveyard. 3rd – 7th pick.

Mutagenic Growth
Mutagenic Growth
Mutagenic GrowthSet: New Phyrexia
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
116
Artist:
Dave Kendall
Text:
({(g/p)} can be paid with either {G} or 2 life.) Target creature gets +2/+2 until end of turn.
– A good combat trick that’s especially strong in an infect deck. 5-10th pick if infect.

Mycosynth Fiend
Mycosynth Fiend
Mycosynth FiendSet: New Phyrexia
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Horror
Rarity:
U
Number:
117
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Mycosynth Fiend gets +1/+1 for each poison counter your opponents have.
– This card is absolutely amazing when your opponent has 4 or more poison counters, it becomes too big to deal with even if your opponent manages to kill off all your infect dudes. 1-2nd pick.

Mycosynth Wellspring
Mycosynth Wellspring
Mycosynth WellspringSet: New Phyrexia
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
C
Number:
145
Artist:
David Rapoza
Text:
When Mycosynth Wellspring enters the battlefield or is put into a graveyard from the battlefield, you may search your library for a basic land card, reveal it, put it into your hand, then shuffle your library.
– This card is a mana fixer that becomes better with a sacrifice outlet. Don’t forget that this was the reason why they printed Phyrexia’s Core. 6-9th pick.

Myr Superion
Myr Superion
Myr SuperionSet: New Phyrexia
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Myr
Rarity:
R
Number:
146
Artist:
Jana Schirmer & Johannes Voss
Power:
5
Toughness:
6
Text:
Spend only mana produced by creatures to cast Myr Superion.
– Completely unplayable, but hey at least it's cute.


Necropouncer
Necropouncer
NecropouncerSet: New Phyrexia
Cost:
6
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Sub Type:
Equipment
Rarity:
U
Number:
147
Artist:
Cos Koniotis
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 +3/+1 and has haste. Equip {2}
– This guy isn’t actually half bad. Don’t be afraid to equip your creatures to make them more of a threat if your opponent can easily deal with a 3/1. 3rd – 6th pick.

Norn’s Annex
Annex
AnnexSet: Onslaught
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchant Land
Rarity:
U
Number:
63
Artist:
John Avon
Text:
You control enchanted land.
– I would 1st pick this card simply because its so annoying for a nonwhite player to deal with it. If you know your opponent has a lot of artifact removal, don’t run it out turn 3 and waste the 4 life.

Noxious Revival
Noxious Revival
Noxious RevivalSet: New Phyrexia
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
118
Artist:
Matt Stewart
Text:
({(g/p)} can be paid with either {G} or 2 life.) Put target card from a graveyard on top of its owner's library.
- This card is usually pretty bad. 8-12th pick.

Numbing Dose
Numbing Dose
Numbing DoseSet: New Phyrexia
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
C
Number:
40
Artist:
Brad Rigney
Text:
Enchant artifact or creature Enchanted permanent doesn't untap during its controller's untap step. At the beginning of the upkeep of enchanted permanent's controller, that player loses 1 life.
– Not too shabby. This card is removal that will eventually break long stalemates (unless your opponent has a sacrifice outlet or a lifelink creature). 4-8th pick.


Ogre Menial
Ogre Menial
Ogre MenialSet: New Phyrexia
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Ogre
Rarity:
C
Number:
89
Artist:
David Rapoza
Power:
0
Toughness:
4
Text:
Infect (This creature deals damage to creatures in the form of -1/-1 counters and to players in the form of poison counters.) {R}: Ogre Menial gets +1/+0 until end of turn.
–I’ve seen this guy passed so late, but I really think he's absolutely amazing. Even in a non-infect deck, your opponent is forced to throw chump blockers in front of him because you have the option of pumping him up. 4th -9th pick.

Omen Machine
Omen Machine
Omen MachineSet: New Phyrexia
Cost:
6
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
148
Artist:
David Rapoza
Text:
Players can't draw cards. At the beginning of each player's draw step, that player exiles the top card of his or her library. If it's a land card, the player puts it onto the battlefield. Otherwise, the player casts it without paying its mana cost if able.
– This card is pretty bad.


Parasitic Implant
Parasitic Implant
Parasitic ImplantSet: New Phyrexia
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
C
Number:
67
Artist:
Jason Felix
Text:
Enchant creature At the beginning of your upkeep, enchanted creature's controller sacrifices it and you put a 1/1 colorless Myr artifact creature token onto the battlefield.
– This card is a staple in black decks. Good removal that nets you a 1/1 token.

Pestilent Souleater
Pestilent Souleater
Pestilent SouleaterSet: New Phyrexia
Cost:
5
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Insect
Rarity:
C
Number:
149
Artist:
Matt Stewart
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
{(b/p)}: Pestilent Souleater gains infect until end of turn. ({(b/p)} can be paid with either {B} or 2 life. A creature with infect deals damage to creatures in the form of -1/-1 counters and to players in the form of poison counters.)
- This card is okay, but not that great. 7th – 11th pick.

Phyrexia’s Core – This card shines when you’re running multiple Wellspring
Wellspring
WellspringSet: Mirage
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Enchant Land
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Susan Van Camp
Text:
When Wellspring comes into play, gain control of enchanted land. At the end of each of your turns, lose control of enchanted land. At the beginning of each of your turns, gain control of enchanted land.
s or even an Act of Aggression
Act of Aggression
Act of AggressionSet: New Phyrexia
Cost:
13
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
78
Artist:
Whit Brachna
Text:
({(r/p)} can be paid with either {R} or 2 life.) Gain control of target creature an opponent controls until end of turn. Untap that creature. It gains haste until end of turn.
, but they usually table anyway. 7-11th pick.

Phyrexian Hulk
Phyrexian Hulk
Phyrexian HulkSet: Tempest
Cost:
6
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Matthew D. Wilson
Power:
5
Toughness:
4
– Not bad for a 6 drop, not to mention that he also has the golem creature type so your splicers will pump him up. 5-10th pick.

Phyrexian Ingester
Phyrexian Ingester
Phyrexian IngesterSet: New Phyrexia
Cost:
7
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
R
Number:
41
Artist:
Chris Rahn
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Imprint — When Phyrexian Ingester enters the battlefield, you may exile target nontoken creature. Phyrexian Ingester gets +X/+Y, where X is the exiled creature card's power and Y is its toughness.
– Windmill slam this guy. Hes an automatic 2 for 1 that’s easily splashable.

Phyrexian Metamorph
Phyrexian Metamorph
Phyrexian MetamorphSet: New Phyrexia
Cost:
8
Color:
Blue
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Shapeshifter
Rarity:
R
Number:
42
Artist:
Jana Schirmer & Johannes Voss
Power:
0
Toughness:
0
Text:
({(u/p)} can be paid with either {U} or 2 life.) You may have Phyrexian Metamorph enter the battlefield as a copy of any artifact or creature on the battlefield, except it's an artifact in addition to its other types.
- Another 1st pick machine. Don’t forget he can copy noncreature artifacts.

Phyrexian Obliterator
Phyrexian Obliterator
Phyrexian ObliteratorSet: New Phyrexia
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Horror
Rarity:
M
Number:
68
Artist:
Todd Lockwood
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
Trample Whenever a source deals damage to Phyrexian Obliterator, that source's controller sacrifices that many permanents.
– This guy is basically unblockable, or it forces your opponent to not attack you. Definite 1st pick. Treat him more as a 6 or 7 drop due to the 4 black in his converted mana cost.

Phyrexian Swarmlord
Phyrexian Swarmlord
Phyrexian SwarmlordSet: New Phyrexia
Cost:
6
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Insect Horror
Rarity:
R
Number:
119
Artist:
Svetlin Velinov
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Infect (This creature deals damage to creatures in the form of -1/-1 counters and to players in the form of poison counters.) At the beginning of your upkeep, put a 1/1 green Insect creature token with infect onto the battlefield for each poison counter your opponents have.
– This card is a bomb in a non-infect or an infect deck. If you picked up a Heavy Arbalest
Heavy Arbalest
Heavy ArbalestSet: Scars of Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Sub Type:
Equipment
Rarity:
U
Number:
164
Artist:
David Rapoza
Text:
Equipped creature doesn't untap during its controller's untap step. Equipped creature has "{T}: This creature deals 2 damage to target creature or player." Equip {4}
, you’re in luck because that card works fantastically well with Swarmlord. 1st pick.

Phyrexian Unlife
Phyrexian Unlife
Phyrexian UnlifeSet: New Phyrexia
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
18
Artist:
Jason Chan
Text:
You don't lose the game for having 0 or less life. As long as you have 0 or less life, all damage is dealt to you as though its source had infect. (Damage is dealt to you in the form of poison counters.)
– Not the worst card but definitely not 1st pick material. 7-12th pick.

Pith Driller
Pith Driller
Pith DrillerSet: New Phyrexia
Cost:
9
Color:
Black
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Horror
Rarity:
C
Number:
69
Artist:
Nils Hamm
Power:
2
Toughness:
4
Text:
({(b/p)} can be paid with either {B} or 2 life.) When Pith Driller enters the battlefield, put a -1/-1 counter on target creature.
– This card is absolutely amazing, just be careful. His enter the battlefield trigger is not a may ability. 2nd to 4th pick.

Porcelian Legionaire – An amazing 2 drop that’s played in any deck. Sign me up. 2nd to 4th pickable.

Postmortem Lunge
Postmortem Lunge
Postmortem LungeSet: New Phyrexia
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
70
Artist:
Daarken
Text:
({(b/p)} can be paid with either {B} or 2 life.) Return target creature card with converted mana cost X from your graveyard to the battlefield. It gains haste. Exile it at the beginning of the next end step.
– This card is meh. Gruesome Encore
Gruesome Encore
Gruesome EncoreSet: Mirrodin Besieged
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
44
Artist:
Adrian Smith
Text:
Put target creature card from an opponent's graveyard onto the battlefield under your control. It gains haste. Exile it at the beginning of the next end step. If that creature would leave the battlefield, exile it instead of putting it anywhere else.
was a late pick, and that card is better than Postmortem Lunge
Postmortem Lunge
Postmortem LungeSet: New Phyrexia
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
70
Artist:
Daarken
Text:
({(b/p)} can be paid with either {B} or 2 life.) Return target creature card with converted mana cost X from your graveyard to the battlefield. It gains haste. Exile it at the beginning of the next end step.
. 10-14th pick.

Praetor’s Grasp – Certainly a good sideboard card if nothing else. 11th- 14th pick.

Priest of Urabrask
Priest of Urabrask
Priest of UrabraskSet: New Phyrexia
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Cleric
Rarity:
U
Number:
90
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
When Priest of Urabrask enters the battlefield, add {R}{R}{R} to your mana pool.
– Note that this card is the only way to play Myr Superion
Myr Superion
Myr SuperionSet: New Phyrexia
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Myr
Rarity:
R
Number:
146
Artist:
Jana Schirmer & Johannes Voss
Power:
5
Toughness:
6
Text:
Spend only mana produced by creatures to cast Myr Superion.
in New Phyrexia. 9th to 13th pick.

Pristine Talisman
Pristine Talisman
Pristine TalismanSet: New Phyrexia
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
C
Number:
151
Artist:
Matt Cavotta
Text:
{T}: Add {1} to your mana pool. You gain 1 life.
– The lifegain from this artifact may seem inconsequential, but it will quickly add up fast unless your opponent is playing infect. 4-9th pick.

Psychic Barrier
Psychic Barrier
Psychic BarrierSet: New Phyrexia
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
43
Artist:
Dan Scott
Text:
Counter target creature spell. Its controller loses 1 life.
– This card is okay as removal, but it becomes a hindrance when you’re stuck on 1 island until turn 9. 5th – 9th pick.

Psychic Surgery
Psychic Surgery
Psychic SurgerySet: New Phyrexia
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
44
Artist:
Anthony Francisco
Text:
Whenever an opponent shuffles his or her library, you may look at the top two cards of that library. You may exile one of those cards. Then put the rest on top of that library in any order.
– Absolute garbage. 13-14th pick.

Puresteel Paladin
Puresteel Paladin
Puresteel PaladinSet: New Phyrexia
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Knight
Rarity:
R
Number:
20
Artist:
Jason Chan
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Whenever an Equipment enters the battlefield under your control, you may draw a card. Metalcraft — Equipment you control have equip {0} as long as you control three or more artifacts.
– This guy is comparable to QnJhc3MgSquire
Squire
SquireSet: The Dark
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Squire
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Dennis Detwiller
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
. They’re both really good, especially with living weapons. 2nd -5th pick.


Rage Extractor
Rage Extractor
Rage ExtractorSet: New Phyrexia
Cost:
9
Color:
Red
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
91
Artist:
Raymond Swanland
Text:
({(r/p)} can be paid with either {R} or 2 life.) Whenever you cast a spell with p in its mana cost, Rage Extractor deals damage equal to that spell's converted mana cost to target creature or player.
– This thing can be an amazing bomb if you draft 6+ Phyrexian mana cards. This is somewhat easier if you’re doing 3 packs of New Phyrexia. Basically, it makes cards like Pith Driller
Pith Driller
Pith DrillerSet: New Phyrexia
Cost:
9
Color:
Black
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Horror
Rarity:
C
Number:
69
Artist:
Nils Hamm
Power:
2
Toughness:
4
Text:
({(b/p)} can be paid with either {B} or 2 life.) When Pith Driller enters the battlefield, put a -1/-1 counter on target creature.
and Slash Panther
Slash Panther
Slash PantherSet: New Phyrexia
Cost:
9
Color:
Red
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Cat
Rarity:
C
Number:
96
Artist:
Matt Stewart
Power:
4
Toughness:
2
Text:
({(r/p)} can be paid with either {R} or 2 life.) Haste
absolutely ridiculous. 1st pick this bad boy if you’re gonna go for it.

Razor Swine
Razor Swine
Razor SwineSet: New Phyrexia
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Boar
Rarity:
C
Number:
92
Artist:
Dave Allsop
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
First strike Infect (This creature deals damage to creatures in the form of -1/-1 counters and to players in the form of poison counters.)
– First strike infect is really good, but it sucks that this creature only has 1 toughness. 4-7th pick if infect.

Reaper of Sheoldred
Reaper of Sheoldred
Reaper of SheoldredSet: New Phyrexia
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Horror
Rarity:
U
Number:
72
Artist:
Stephan Martiniere
Power:
2
Toughness:
5
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 source deals damage to Reaper of Sheoldred, that source's controller gets a poison counter.
– Pretty amazing in infect. Probably 5-9th pick.

Remember the Fallen
Remember the Fallen
Remember the FallenSet: New Phyrexia
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
21
Artist:
Eric Deschamps
Text:
Choose one or both — Return target creature card from your graveyard to your hand; and/or return target artifact card from your graveyard to your hand.
– Almost always able to get back 2 cards with this spell. Don’t forget that artifact creatures satisfy either requirement for it. 3-9th pick.

Rotted Hystrix
Rotted Hystrix
Rotted HystrixSet: New Phyrexia
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
120
Artist:
Dave Allsop
Power:
3
Toughness:
6
– This card honestly isn’t that bad for a fatty. 7-12th pick.

Ruthless Invasion
Ruthless Invasion
Ruthless InvasionSet: New Phyrexia
Cost:
8
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
93
Artist:
Svetlin Velinov
Text:
({(r/p)} can be paid with either {R} or 2 life.) Nonartifact creatures can't block this turn.
– This card is not good at all. Don’t play it, trust me. 14th pick.


Scrapyard Salvo
Scrapyard Salvo
Scrapyard SalvoSet: New Phyrexia
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
94
Artist:
Austin Hsu
Text:
Scrapyard Salvo deals damage to target player equal to the number of artifact cards in your graveyard.
– Another card that’s more often than not a dead card. 11th – 14th pick.

Sensor Splicer
Sensor Splicer
Sensor SplicerSet: New Phyrexia
Cost:
5
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Artificer
Rarity:
C
Number:
22
Artist:
Izzy
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
When Sensor Splicer enters the battlefield, put a 3/3 colorless Golem artifact creature token onto the battlefield. Golem creatures you control have vigilance.
– All the splicers are good especially since they play around cards like Geth’s Verdict and are reusable if you run VmFwb3IgSnag
Snag
SnagSet: Prophecy
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
124
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Text:
You may discard a forest from your hand instead of paying Snag's mana cost. Prevent all combat damage that would be dealt by unblocked creatures this turn.
. 4-8th pick.

Shattered Angel
Shattered Angel
Shattered AngelSet: New Phyrexia
Cost:
5
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Angel
Rarity:
U
Number:
23
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying Whenever a land enters the battlefield under an opponent's control, you may gain 3 life.
– This is a good card. The gain life ability is often relevant, don’t underestimate it. 4-7th pick.

Shriek Raptor
Shriek Raptor
Shriek RaptorSet: New Phyrexia
Cost:
5
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird
Rarity:
C
Number:
24
Artist:
Efrem Palacios
Power:
2
Toughness:
3
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.)
– A better Tine Shrike
Tine Shrike
Tine ShrikeSet: Mirrodin Besieged
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird
Rarity:
C
Number:
17
Artist:
Adrian Smith
Power:
2
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.)
. This card is pretty good in infect and even in noninfect it serves as a decent blocker. 5-9th pick.

Shrine of Boundless Growth
Shrine of Boundless Growth
Shrine of Boundless GrowthSet: New Phyrexia
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
152
Artist:
Karl Kopinski
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep or whenever you cast a green spell, put a charge counter on Shrine of Boundless Growth. {T}, Sacrifice Shrine of Boundless Growth: Add {1} to your mana pool for each charge counter on Shrine of Boundless Growth.
– the worst shrine. 11-14th pick

Shrine of Burning Rage
Shrine of Burning Rage
Shrine of Burning RageSet: New Phyrexia
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
153
Artist:
Dave Kendall
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep or whenever you cast a red spell, put a charge counter on Shrine of Burning Rage. {3}, {T}, Sacrifice Shrine of Burning Rage: Shrine of Burning Rage deals damage equal to the number of charge counters on it to target creature or player.
– An awesome removal spell/finisher. Easily 3-5th pick.
Shrine of Limitless Power
Shrine of Limitless Power
Shrine of Limitless PowerSet: New Phyrexia
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
154
Artist:
Min Yum
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep or whenever you cast a black spell, put a charge counter on Shrine of Limitless Power. {4}, {T}, Sacrifice Shrine of Limitless Power: Target player discards a card for each charge counter on Shrine of Limitless Power.
– The best way to use this shrine is to wait until you have more counters on your shrine than your opponent has cards in his hand. Then, during their draw phase, you pop it, leaving them cardless for the rest of the turn. 4-7th pick.

Shrine of Loyal Legions
Shrine of Loyal Legions
Shrine of Loyal LegionsSet: New Phyrexia
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
155
Artist:
Igor Kieryluk
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep or whenever you cast a white spell, put a charge counter on Shrine of Loyal Legions. {3}, {T}, Sacrifice Shrine of Loyal Legions: Put a 1/1 colorless Myr artifact creature token onto the battlefield for each charge counter on Shrine of Loyal Legions.
– The absolute best shrine and a bomb in this format. You’ll see what I mean when you pop this artifact to net a total of 11 myr token creatures. 2-4th pick.

Shrine of Piercing Vision
Shrine of Piercing Vision
Shrine of Piercing VisionSet: New Phyrexia
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
156
Artist:
Jana Schirmer & Johannes Voss
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep or whenever you cast a blue spell, put a charge counter on Shrine of Piercing Vision. {T}, Sacrifice Shrine of Piercing Vision: Look at the top X cards of your library, where X is the number of charge counters on Shrine of Piercing Vision. Put one of those cards into your hand and the rest on the bottom of your library in any order.
– Not too shabby. Lets you dig through your deck, or if you’re strapped for land you can pop it early. 6-9th pick.

Sickleslicer
Sickleslicer
SickleslicerSet: New Phyrexia
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Sub Type:
Equipment
Rarity:
U
Number:
157
Artist:
Jason Felix
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. Equip {4}
– I like all the living weapons and this one is no different. I’d pick this guy up early 3-7th pick.

Slag Fiend
Slag Fiend
Slag FiendSet: New Phyrexia
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Construct
Rarity:
R
Number:
95
Artist:
Mike Bierek
Power:
*
Toughness:
*
Text:
Slag Fiend's power and toughness are each equal to the number of artifact cards in all graveyards.
– This guy can be an absolute bomb. It's kind of weak early game I admit, but when you play a 5/5 creature for 1 after a few back and forths between you and your opponent, you are definitely sitting tight. 2-5th pick.

Slash Panther
Slash Panther
Slash PantherSet: New Phyrexia
Cost:
9
Color:
Red
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Cat
Rarity:
C
Number:
96
Artist:
Matt Stewart
Power:
4
Toughness:
2
Text:
({(r/p)} can be paid with either {R} or 2 life.) Haste
– An amazing card that’s also easily splashable in any deck. 5th-9th pick

Soul Conduit
Soul Conduit
Soul ConduitSet: New Phyrexia
Cost:
6
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
158
Artist:
Brad Rigney
Text:
{6}, {T}: Two target players exchange life totals.
– An interesting card but its too slow for what it does. 11-14th pick.

Spellskite
Spellskite
SpellskiteSet: New Phyrexia
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Horror
Rarity:
R
Number:
159
Artist:
Chippy
Power:
0
Toughness:
4
Text:
{(u/p)}: Change a target of target spell or ability to Spellskite. ({(u/p)} can be paid with either {U} or 2 life.)
– This card is worth money so 1st pick this artifact. Not to mention he's still playable in a deck since he’s removal for your opponent’s removal spells.

Spinebiter
Spinebiter
SpinebiterSet: New Phyrexia
Cost:
6
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
U
Number:
121
Artist:
Jaime Jones
Power:
3
Toughness:
4
Text:
Infect (This creature deals damage to creatures in the form of -1/-1 counters and to players in the form of poison counters.) You may have Spinebiter assign its combat damage as though it weren't blocked.
– An amazing card in an infect deck. Pretty weak otherwise. 4-9th pick if infect.

Spined Thopter
Spined Thopter
Spined ThopterSet: New Phyrexia
Cost:
7
Color:
Blue
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Thopter
Rarity:
C
Number:
45
Artist:
Pete Venters
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
({(u/p)} can be paid with either {U} or 2 life.) Flying
– This card is pretty good in any deck. I’d pick this guy as early as 4th pick. 4th-9th pick.

Spire Moniter – This card is amazing for the same reason Darksteel Sentinel
Darksteel Sentinel
Darksteel SentinelSet: Scars of Mirrodin
Cost:
6
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Golem
Rarity:
U
Number:
152
Artist:
Erica Yang
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flash (You may cast this spell any time you could cast an instant.) Vigilance Darksteel Sentinel is indestructible. (Lethal damage and effects that say "destroy" don't destroy it. If its toughness is 0 or less, it's still put into its owner's graveyard.)
is good. Often you’ll be able to kill an opponent’s creature for nothing when you play out this guy.

Surge Node
Surge Node
Surge NodeSet: New Phyrexia
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
160
Artist:
Lars Grant-West
Text:
Surge Node enters the battlefield with six charge counters on it. {1}, {T}, Remove a charge counter from Surge Node: Put a charge counter on target artifact.
– this card is not playable. 12th-14th pick.

Surgical Extraction
Surgical Extraction
Surgical ExtractionSet: New Phyrexia
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
74
Artist:
Steven Belledin
Text:
({(b/p)} can be paid with either {B} or 2 life.) Choose target card in a graveyard other than a basic land card. Search its owner's graveyard, hand, and library for any number of cards with the same name as that card and exile them. Then that player shuffles his or her library.
- the only reason to pick up this card is because it's worth money.

Suture Priest
Suture Priest
Suture PriestSet: New Phyrexia
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
C
Number:
25
Artist:
Igor Kieryluk
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Whenever another creature enters the battlefield under your control, you may gain 1 life. Whenever a creature enters the battlefield under an opponent's control, you may have that player lose 1 life.
– This little guy can easily be a Lava Axe
Lava Axe
Lava AxeSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
84
Artist:
Brian Snoddy
Text:
Lava Axe deals 5 damage to target player.
with life gain if gotten out turn 2. Its pretty annoying for your opponent to deal with and sometimes will attract removal so you can play your better cards.4-7th pick.


Tezzerit’s Gambit – I would totally play this card in a nonblue deck. The random proliferate is sometimes useful as well especially if you’re playing infect. 5-10th pick.

Thundering Tanadon
Thundering Tanadon
Thundering TanadonSet: New Phyrexia
Cost:
14
Color:
Green
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
122
Artist:
Dan Scott
Power:
5
Toughness:
4
Text:
({(g/p)} can be paid with either {G} or 2 life.) Trample
– This guy is absolutely amazing. 4 mana for a 5/4 is good in my book. 2-6th pick.

Torment
Torment
TormentSet: Stronghold
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
23
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Text:
Enchanted creature gets -3/-0.
er Exarch – Another good card that has some utility. 3-6th pick.

Toxic Nim
Toxic Nim
Toxic NimSet: New Phyrexia
Cost:
6
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie
Rarity:
C
Number:
75
Artist:
Karl Kopinski
Power:
4
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.) {B}: Regenerate Toxic Nim.
– Although the regenerate can be very useful there are way too many ways to put counters on creatures in this format. Still, he's capable of holding off your opponent’s army if you play him with 1 black available. Obviously, its much better in an infect deck. 6-10th pick.

Trespassing Souleater
Trespassing Souleater
Trespassing SouleaterSet: New Phyrexia
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Construct
Rarity:
C
Number:
163
Artist:
Scott Chou
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
{(u/p)}: Trespassing Souleater is unblockable this turn. ({(u/p)} can be paid with either {U} or 2 life.)
– This card is pretty good, and it certainly is much better than Snapsail Glider
Snapsail Glider
Snapsail GliderSet: Scars of Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Construct
Rarity:
C
Number:
203
Artist:
Efrem Palacios
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Metalcraft — Snapsail Glider has flying as long as you control three or more artifacts.
from 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. 5-9th pick.

Triumph of the Hordes
Triumph of the Hordes
Triumph of the HordesSet: New Phyrexia
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
123
Artist:
Izzy
Text:
Until end of turn, creatures you control get +1/+1 and gain trample and infect. (Creatures with infect deal damage to creatures in the form of -1/-1 counters and to players in the form of poison counters.)
– No reason not to play this card if you’re green. Not as strong as Overwhelm
Overwhelm
OverwhelmSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
7
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
175
Artist:
Wayne Reynolds
Text:
Convoke (Each creature you tap while playing this spell reduces its cost by 1 or by one mana of that creature’s color.) Creatures you control get +3/+3 until end of turn.
aW5nIFN0YW1wZWRl but still a strong card. 1st-4th pick.


Unwinding Clock
Unwinding Clock
Unwinding ClockSet: New Phyrexia
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
164
Artist:
Mike Bierek
Text:
Untap all artifacts you control during each other player's untap step.
– This card is not good in draft, but I hear it's pretty good in Arcum Daggson decks.

Urabrask the Hidden
Urabrask the Hidden
Urabrask the HiddenSet: New Phyrexia
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Praetor
Rarity:
M
Number:
98
Artist:
Brad Rigney
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Creatures you control have haste. Creatures your opponents control enter the battlefield tapped.
– 1st pickable no doubt. Annoying for your opponents to deal with.


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Snag
SnagSet: Prophecy
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
124
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Text:
You may discard a forest from your hand instead of paying Snag's mana cost. Prevent all combat damage that would be dealt by unblocked creatures this turn.
– With the introduction of splicers, this card becomes a bit better because you can reuse your own splicers while negating theirs. Besides, bouncing a creature can be useful or gamebreaking sometimes. 6-10th pick.

Vault Skirge
Vault Skirge
Vault SkirgeSet: New Phyrexia
Cost:
6
Color:
Black
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Imp
Rarity:
C
Number:
76
Artist:
Brad Rigney
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
({(b/p)} can be paid with either {B} or 2 life.) Flying Lifelink (Damage dealt by this creature also causes you to gain that much life.)
– I actually really don’t like this guy unless you have 3-4 equipments. I consider him the new Training Drone
Training Drone
Training DroneSet: Mirrodin Besieged
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Drone
Rarity:
C
Number:
142
Artist:
Matt Cavotta
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Training Drone can't attack or block unless it's equipped.
. 8-12th pick.

Victorious Destruction
Victorious Destruction
Victorious DestructionSet: New Phyrexia
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
99
Artist:
Jung Park
Text:
Destroy target artifact or land. Its controller loses 1 life.
– Kinda slow artifact removal. 7-11th pick.

Viral Drake
Viral Drake
Viral DrakeSet: New Phyrexia
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Drake
Rarity:
U
Number:
49
Artist:
Lars Grant-West
Power:
1
Toughness:
4
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.) {3}{U}: Proliferate. (You choose any number of permanents and/or players with counters on them, then give each another counter of a kind already there.)
– This card is absolutely amazing even in a non-infect deck. In a completely stalled board, you’ll be able to proliferate for the win. 3-6th pick.

Viridian Betrayers
Viridian Betrayers
Viridian BetrayersSet: New Phyrexia
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf Warrior
Rarity:
C
Number:
124
Artist:
Karl Kopinski
Power:
3
Toughness:
1
Text:
Viridian Betrayers has infect as long as an opponent is poisoned. (It deals damage to creatures in the form of -1/-1 counters and to players in the form of poison counters.)
– Amazing in an infect deck. Otherwise, this card is really bad. 4-7th pick if infect.

Viridian Harvest
Viridian Harvest
Viridian HarvestSet: New Phyrexia
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
C
Number:
125
Artist:
Johann Bodin
Text:
Enchant artifact When enchanted artifact is put into a graveyard, you gain 6 life.
– This card is absolutely not playable at all.

Vital Splicer
Vital Splicer
Vital SplicerSet: New Phyrexia
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Artificer
Rarity:
U
Number:
126
Artist:
Daarken
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
When Vital Splicer enters the battlefield, put a 3/3 colorless Golem artifact creature token onto the battlefield. {1}: Regenerate target Golem you control.
– The regenerate ability is not to be underestimated. Worst case scenario it will hold off your opponent’s 5/5 creature until you find an answer. Randomly good with Phyrexian Hulk
Phyrexian Hulk
Phyrexian HulkSet: Tempest
Cost:
6
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Matthew D. Wilson
Power:
5
Toughness:
4
. 3-7th pick.

Volt Charge
Volt Charge
Volt ChargeSet: New Phyrexia
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
100
Artist:
Jana Schirmer & Johannes Voss
Text:
Volt Charge deals 3 damage to target creature or player. Proliferate. (You choose any number of permanents and/or players with counters on them, then give each another counter of a kind already there.)
– Amazing burn with proliferate for good measure. 4-7th pick.

Vorinclex, Voice of Hunger
Vorinclex, Voice of Hunger
Vorinclex, Voice of HungerSet: New Phyrexia
Cost:
8
Color:
Green
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Praetor
Rarity:
M
Number:
127
Artist:
Karl Kopinski
Power:
7
Toughness:
6
Text:
Trample Whenever you tap a land for mana, add one mana to your mana pool of any type that land produced. Whenever an opponent taps a land for mana, that land doesn't untap during its controller's next untap step.
– 2nd worst praetor, next to Jin-Gataxias. This is slightly ironic, because the other 3 praetors are the king of bombs. 10-14th pick.

Vulshok Refugee
Vulshok Refugee
Vulshok RefugeeSet: New Phyrexia
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Warrior
Rarity:
U
Number:
101
Artist:
Wayne Reynolds
Power:
3
Toughness:
2
Text:
Protection from red
- Sideboard card against decks with red cards. ‘nuff said. 7-11th pick.


War Report
War Report
War ReportSet: New Phyrexia
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
26
Artist:
Mike Bierek
Text:
You gain life equal to the number of creatures on the battlefield plus the number of artifacts on the battlefield.
– Unplayable. 13-14th pick.

Whipflare
Whipflare
WhipflareSet: New Phyrexia
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
102
Artist:
Johann Bodin
Text:
Whipflare deals 2 damage to each nonartifact creature.
– I used to love pyroclasm, but this card just doesn’t kill enough cards in this format. Certainly a good sideboard card though. 6-11th pick.

Whispering Specter
Whispering Specter
Whispering SpecterSet: New Phyrexia
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Specter
Rarity:
U
Number:
77
Artist:
Jason Felix
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.) Whenever Whispering Specter deals combat damage to a player, you may sacrifice it. If you do, that player discards a card for each poison counter he or she has.
- Absolutely amazing an infect. A waste of time otherwise. 3-7th pick if infect.

Wing Splicer
Wing Splicer
Wing SplicerSet: New Phyrexia
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Artificer
Rarity:
U
Number:
50
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
When Wing Splicer enters the battlefield, put a 3/3 colorless Golem artifact creature token onto the battlefield. Golem creatures you control have flying.
– An amazing card for what it does. Definitely 3-6th pick.

Xenograph – An absolute garbage card. Don’t play it. 13-14th pick.


I skipped over a few cards that are obvious 1st picks such as Sword of War and Peace
Sword of War and Peace
Sword of War and PeaceSet: New Phyrexia
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Sub Type:
Equipment
Rarity:
M
Number:
161
Artist:
Chris Rahn
Text:
Equipped creature gets +2/+2 and has protection from red and from white. Whenever equipped creature deals combat damage to a player, Sword of War and Peace deals damage to that player equal to the number of cards in his or her hand and you gain 1 life for each card in your hand. Equip {2}
, Batterskull
Batterskull
BatterskullSet: New Phyrexia
Cost:
5
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Sub Type:
Equipment
Rarity:
M
Number:
130
Artist:
Mark Zug
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 +4/+4 and has vigilance and lifelink. {3}: Return Batterskull to its owner's hand. Equip {5}
, Sheoldred, Elesh Norn, because those cards will always win the game on their own if they are not removed immediately. All in all, I kind of like New Phyrexia and what it adds to 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 block. There are a lot of good cards to draft with, and some of the weaker cards are still usable in other formats. If you ever play EDH and your opponent plays a Jin Gitaxias, Core Augur, you better kill it fast!


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