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Phryexian Rager
Apocalypse Common

2B, Creature Horror 2/2, 
When Phyrexian Rager comes into play, you draw a card and you lose 1 life.

Pojo's Average Rating -
Constructed: 3.25 (6 Reviews)
Limited: 3.45 (6 Reviews)
Reviewed July 18, 2002

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Rager has been a solid choice in both limited and constructed since his release. A free card plus a 2/2 creature at a cost of 2B and 1 life is a very fair deal and fits favorably into the plans of many a black mage. I think he becomes even better in limited where many times a 2/2 for 3 mana is usable without much of an ability so the free card is almost like pennies from heaven. Overall a solid card with a fair cost.
Constructed 3.5
Limited 4



A well-cost creature and a card all for 3 mana?  Not bad.  Blue mages will hate bouncing this guy, and other black mages can't deal with his real efficiently. The loss of life isn't horrible for the card.  I think people played with that Necro card...

Constructed - 3.5
Limited - 4
Current Price - $.20


This guy is one of the top grey ogres ever printed. The fact that he replaces himself at a minimum cost (1 life) means that your investment in him is minimal. He provides a body that trades with FTK and with a slew of other creatures. Currently only seeing play in the Braids deck, this guy will always see some play. Maybe they'll reprint him!

Limited 3
Constructed 3


Limited ***
Constructed ***

As far as cantrips go... you can't ask for much more.  As a standard rule adding the cantrip ability "draw a card" to any normal spell adds 2 colorless mana to the base spell. 

For example:  Unsummon cost only U to bounce a creature.  Repulse did the same thing for 2U and you get to draw a card as well.

In comparision (and by the way, Repulse is an excellent cantrip) Phyrexian Rager is even a bigger bargain than Repulse.  The typical cost for a vanila 2/2 creature has been 2X, much like Pearled Unicorn.  Phyrexian Rager is hands down beter than Pearled Unicorn as you get a 2/2 AND draw a card and the only extra cost you pay is a single life.  IMO paying one life is much sexier than paying 2 extra colorless mana.

As a result, Phyrexian Rager is an efficient creature that has seem play in several constructed decks and is a great 3 drop in any limited environment.

Andrew Chapman

Phyrexian Rager is a nice little card, packing an useful ability with a solid body. No matter the format, a decently priced creature with a card drawing ability is useful, and this guy is no exception. 

While it won't often be spectacular, it should rarely disappoint you.

Constructed: 3.5 
Limited: 3.7


The Rager is one of the best 3-drop for current type 2 if you're playing black. Its inherent card advantage makes it a solid addition to any weenie black deck. It fits very well into the Braid's archetype. Its also very solid in Limited. Not a first pick, but good. Constructed a 3, Limited a 3.

Copyright 2001


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