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Shard Phoenix
Ninth Edition

Reviewed July 08, 2005

Constructed: 3.16
Casual: 3.0
Limited: 3.125

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Jeff Zandi

5 Time Pro Tour

Shard Phoenix
Shard Phoenix is a very powerful card for constructed red control decks.
Decks with enough red mana to make the most of Shard Phoenix's abilities are

usually mono colored, extremely aggressive and burn-oriented builds, but Shard Phoenix finds itself most at home in slower, more steady decks. Shard Phoenix's future is bright. He's back in print in Ninth Edition and one deck

design he fits in well, a red control deck with blue as a secondary color, could be very effective with burn spells and counter spells that only require one blue mana to cast. This card is a serious power card in limited,

the few times that you would be likely to see it in the few Ninth Edition limited drafts or sealed deck games in which you might play.


* Game Store Owner

Shard Phoenix

I'm not sure how positive or negative I want to be with this card. I know that back in the day there was a deck type that centered around it. Unfortunately, a lot of those cards are no longer available. I'd expect something like this will have to see some competitive play. It should fit well in more control oriented decks. I'd also expect it to see a lot of sideboard time to help kill weenie creatures. This is a fun card though and I'm glad to see it back in 9th edition.

Constructed: 3
Casual: 2.5
Limited: 4

Paul Hagan

Shard Phoenix

I'm pretty happy Shard Phoenix made the cut into 9th Edition. I wasn't around for the first run of this card, and when it was first announced that it was going to be in 9th, I wasn't that excited. Then someone pointed out to me that it was dealing damage to *each* creature without flying, not target creature without flying. Any statements I had made up 'til then were duly revoked.

At first glance, it seems like Shard Phoenix is slightly overcosted, but with the ability to have a continual board-sweeper, I really can't see this card being any less expensive. If you are playing Red, I won't call Shard Phoenix an automatic inclusion in your deck, but it at least warrants a second glance, no matter what the format.

Constructed Rating: 3.0
Casual Rating: 3.0
Limited Rating: 3.0
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